The Shetland Sheepdog is a breed of dog originating from the Shetland Islands in Scotland. This breed stands out for being a hard working dog with a thick coat that protects it from the different weather conditions.
Males of this breed have a height of 35.5 to 37 cm at the withers, while females have a height of 33 to 35.5 cm. The weight of the breed varies between 6 and 10 kg on average. They usually live between 12 and 14 years. This breed belongs to Group 1 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which is the group of shepherd dogs and cattle dogs.
Breed history in brief
The Shetland sheepdog, also known as Sheltie, originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Its history dates back hundreds of years, where it was used as a working dog in the breeding and herding of sheep in this region of hostile climate. Its evolution is attributed to the selection of the most skilled and efficient working dogs.
Throughout history, the Shetland Sheepdog has played a vital role in the lives of Shetland farmers, helping them to gather and protect their livestock in difficult terrain. Today, the Shetland Shepherd Dog has transcended its original function and has become a popular companion and show dog breed.
The Shetland Shepherd Dog is a medium to small sized breed with a symmetrical structure. The head is long wedge shaped and the eyes are medium sized and dark in color. The ears are small and when the dog is alert they are carried semi-erect. The tail may be carried slightly raised with an upward curve, but never over the back.
Its coat is dense, double-coated, with a long, harsh outer coat that protects the dog from inclement weather, and a soft, dense undercoat that provides insulation. The characteristic colors of this breed are sable, tricolor (sable, black and white) and blue myrtle (a mixture of black, gray and white).
The Shetland Shepherd Dog is distinguished by its agility and herding ability, showing great energy and endurance. They are intelligent dogs with a good temperament, being friendly, loyal and affectionate with their family.
Common health problems
The Shetland Shepherd Dog breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, Collie eye anomaly, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, dermatomyositis and epilepsy.
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