Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog History/Evolution:

The Shetland Sheepdog’s history goes back to the Border Collie, which was brought to the Scotland’s Shetland Islands and crossed with other breeds to develop the Sheltie. The miniature Shetland proved itself to be a hard worker, protecting home, flock, and herd — and found its way into the hearts (and homes) of farm families. The breed earned it AKC recognition in 1911 and has continued to excel as a dedicated worker, loyal companion, and able competitor in obedience, herding, and agility trials.


Shetland Sheepdog Size:

Small to medium; 13 to 16 inches.

Shetland Sheepdog Color:

Black, blue merle, and sable, with white and sometimes tan marking.

Shetland Sheepdog Temperament:

Loyal, affectionate, and obedient; devoted to family and excellent with children. Intelligent and highly trainable. Reserved toward strangers and barks a lot.

Shetland Sheepdog Energy level:

Medium to high.

Shetland Sheepdog Best Owner:

Family or active owner who has time for keeping company with a dog.

Shetland Sheepdog Needs:

Daily exercise and activity (agility, herding, conformation), lots of family contact, early socialization, brushing every other day.

Shetland Sheepdog Life expectancy:

12 to 14-plus years.