Guard Ability:
Life Span:
Learning rate:
Watch Ability:
Activity level:
13 - 16 inches
Very High
12 - 14 Years
long, straight, harsh with soft undercoat.
Very Low
Sable, black, white, tan
High - Very High
Active, intelligent, loyal, and affectionate
14 - 25 pounds
Very High

The Shetland Sheepdog bears resemblance to the Rough Collie. Shelties are small to
medium sized dogs, but can occasionally get a bigger pup in the litter. They have a
thick, profuse coat that requires attention and grooming. Shetland Sheepdogs can be a
variety of colors and shades, ranging from a mixture of colors of black, blue merle,
sable, sable merle, or mostly white, with or without tan or white markings.


Shelties are active, intelligent, loyal, and affectionate. They are obedient, get along well
with children and other pets, and are quite charming. They are hard working in the field,
and love a job to do. They are wary with strangers, but are relatively friendly. They are
very alert and watchful, as well as responsive.


Claiming ancestry from the Collies of Scotland, the Shetland Sheepdog arrived from the
Shetland Islands to mainland England before World War I. In fact, they were brought to
Scotland by the Vikings as an older version of the Shetland Sheepdog, which eventually
descended into the Sheltie we have today. They were brought there in the 10th century.
These dogs were spitz-type and similar to the Vallhund. The dogs were isolated on the
Shetland Islands until the 15th century, and soon after the islands became a part of
Shelties are very responsive and very
obedient. They make exceptional pets for
the family.