Holding a beautiful and abundant double coat, especially around the collar, and a slender muzzle, the Shetland Sheepdog has a noble and elegant demeanor. Its appearance and color pattern resemble a bigger and popular dog, the Collie (well known in the movies as "Lassie"), but Shelties, as they are called, grow up to only one third of the Collie’s size.

Uncommon intelligence and vitality make them very special companions. They are also easily trained and always playful. Its smaller size does not require wide areas, but its owner shall make it spend energy in daily walks or sport activities. Very active, the Shetland Sheepdog gets distinguished, for instance, in agility competitions.

Shelties are very friendly with their family and get easily adapted to live with children as well as with other dogs, but sometimes they may be reserved with strangers and act to defend its territory. Adequate and systematic puppy socialization can minimize this characteristic.

The official breed standard can be found at the CBKC site: http://ww2.cbkc.org

Maria Paula Mellito da Silveira

About the Shetland Sheepdog

Design por Marcelo dos Santos / Desenvolvimento por Keidi Nienkotter