Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog, breed of small herding dog, developed to herd the diminutive sheep of the Shetland Islands. Bred from rough-coated collies (see Collie) and other small dogs, especially the spaniel, “shelties” stand only 33 to 41 cm (13 to 16 in) and weigh about 7 kg (about 15 lb). In all respects other than size, however, they generally resemble the rough-haired working collie. Not until 1914, in fact, was the breed given separate status. They are obedient, highly intelligent, instinctive guard dogs, at the same time renowned for their gentleness and devotion. Swift and agile, they move with a smooth trotting gait. The weather-resistant coat of the shetland sheepdog characteristically stands out from the body because of the combination of long, straight, harsh outer hairs overlying a dense, furry undercoat. The hair forms a frill and a mane and is especially profuse on the tail and legs. The coloring is black, blue - gray, or sable, with white and/or tan markings.



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