First introduced into Australia in 1936, originated in the 1700s from the Shetland Islands, off the coast of Scotland. Dubbed the Dwarf Scotch Shepherd and later the Shetland Collie, the breed is actually a miniature version of the large working sheepdogs of Scotland and was re-named in 1908 when the Shetland Sheepdog Club was formed in Lerwick.
Looks like a miniature copy in of the rough coated Collie. The long tail is feathered, carried straight down, or at a slight upward curve. The double coat is long and abundant all over the body but is shorter on the head and legs an the coat forms a mane around the neck and chest.
Grooming and Physical Needs
- Grooming Needs: Although the Shetland Sheepdog has a glamorous coat it requires surprisingly little attention. A brush and comb behind the ears each week will keep it in good condition.
- Coat Type: Long coat.
- Moulting: Heavy shedding, requires weekly brushing, daily when moulting.
- Exercise Needs: Active, graceful dog needs lots of exercise, which include a daily walk or jog. They will also enjoy running free.
- Average Life Span: 12 – 15 years.
- Family: An ideal owner is someone who will give it love, attention and exercise, ideal with children as they are loving, intelligent and gentle.
- Temperament: Alert, gentle, intelligent, strong and active.
- Trainability: Willing and eager to please, making a wonderful companion dog, they are very intelligent, lively and trainable.
- Sociability (Other Pets): Excellent, live happily with other pets including cats and other breeds of dogs.
- Barking: High tendency making excellent watchdogs, although not aggressive they will alert the family if strangers come to the property.
Excel at tracking, herding, watchdog, guarding, agility, competitive obedience, and performing tricks.
There is a tendency toward inherited malformation and disease of the eyes.