The Shetland Sheepdog was bred on the Shetland Islands as a herding dog. Shelties are very similar to the Collie, but smaller in size and appearance. Their long coats need regular brushing and combing, especially during their shedding season. Shelties were brought into the United States of America in 1910 by American breeder Mrs. Ailsa Crawford Ker who gave them their name Shetland Sheepdog since they had been working with sheep on the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a small breed that has a height between 13-16 inches and weighs approximately 16-28 pounds. They have an average life span of 12-15 years and typically come in black tricolor, blue merle tricolor or sable and white with patches of black, gray and/or tan. Shelties have a distinctive long, flat furry coat that can be very soft to the touch. Shelties usually have very affectionate temperaments but Shetland Sheepdogs may become shy around strangers if not socialized properly from an early age. Shelties are also known for being very intelligent dogs; in fact they are ranked #33 on Stanley Coren's "The Intelligence of Dogs". Shetland Sheepdogs excel at many dog sports like Agility, Obedience and Rally-Obedience due to their intelligence and herding instinct.
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