Shetland Sheepdog

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Shetland Sheepdog overview

The Sheltie originated in Britain for use in sheep herding.
It retains a lot of its guarding and herding instincts, is easily obedience trained and good with children and other dogs. Shetland Sheepdogs have a tendency to be nervous and wary of strangers. Their size makes them suitable to the urban environment, and colder climates. The long harsh coat requires very regular grooming. 

Other known names for Shetland Sheepdog

Miniature Collie, Sheltie

Shetland Sheepdog foreign names

Berger des Shetland (French), Perro pastor de las islas Shetland (Spanish)


United Kingdom

Breed Group

Pastoral Group

Biological data

Male: 16-20 lbs.
Female: 16-20 lbs.
Male: 34.5-39.5 cm.
13-16 inches.
Female: 33-38 cm (withers).
13-16 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Sable: clear or shaded, any colour from pale gold to deep mahogany, in its shade, rich in tone. Wolf sable and grey undesirable.
Tri-colour: intense black on body. Rich tan markings preferred.
Blue merle: clear silvery blue, splashed and marbled with black. Rich tan marking preferred but absence not penalized. Heavy black markings, slate or rusty tinge in either top or undercoat highly undesirable; general effect must be blue.
Black and white and black and tan are also recognized colours.
White markings may appear (except in black and tan) but absence of these markings not to be penalized. Patches of white on body highly undesirable.

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Shetland Sheepdog – Breed standard

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Shetland Sheepdog references and further reading

American Shetland Sheepdog Association  
Shetland Sheepdog Companion Rescue of Northern California
Shetland Sheepdog Rescue
Southland Sheltie Rescue

Sheltie UK
English Shetland Sheepdog Club
Shelties of true British type

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If you are an animal photographer, an expert on Shetland Sheepdogs or a breeder, we would love to hear from you. We strive to have all the latest, most helpful and accurate information on our website, but nobody is perfect, so we do ask for your feedback if we can improve our website.

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Shetland Sheepdog colours

Below are some examples of the various colours of Shetland Sheepdogs, colour names sometimes differ from country to country, 
Colours can vary according to lighting, whether it was taken indoors or outdoors and even the quality of the dog. 
So sadly not an exact science.

Sable Shetland Sheepdogs

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AP-17DEVL - sable Shetland Sheepdog
Photo © Animal Photography, Sam Clark

Tri-colour Shetland Sheepdogs

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AP-VRQ92G - Champion Shetland Sheepdog
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson

Merle Shetland Sheepdogs

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AP-0Z3IJD - Australian Grand Champion Shetland Sheepdog on white background
Photo © Animal Photography, Tetsu Yamazaki


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Featured image

AP-PF0QXA - Australian Grand Champion Shetland Sheepdog
Photo © Animal Photography, Tetsu Yamazaki

Shetland Sheepdogs

AP-0FMU44 - two Shetland Sheepdogs
Photo © Animal Photography, Julie Poole

Shetland Sheepdogs outdoors

AP-AMFWAO - Shetland Sheepdog
Photo © Animal Photography, Barbara O'Brien