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Shetland Sheepdog
Escocia FCI 88 . Sheepdogs

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The Shetland Sheepdog is very familiero, lovely with children, intelligent and loyal.

Pastor de las Islas Shetland



The Shetland Sheepdog comes from the Shetland Islands (Scotland, United Kingdom), intentionally was raised in small size. At first sight, seems to be a copy of Rough Collie miniaturized, However, are 2 different races with a similar look.

The race “Father” of the Shetland Sheepdog o “Sheltie” as they are often nicknamed, they are the Border Collie.

Physical characteristics

The Sheltie they have a double mantle, What makes this breed peleche much more than other dogs. Long hair covering the thick and soft layer base, is repellent to water, while the base layer provides relief from hot and cold.

There are three main colors: Sable, It ranges from the Golden to mahogany; Tri-color, formed by the black, White and Tan, and blue mirlo, composite grayscale, white, black and Tan.

black and white: it is less common but still acceptable.

Sand: the best-known color, dominates over other colors. The shadow Sabre, or mahogany can sometimes be confused with the Sheltie tricolor because of the large amount of dark shading in their coats. Another name for him Sheltie “shading”, is trifactorado sable and white. This name comes from the mixture of a tricolor and a sable and white. Another acceptable but less common color is Sable merle, that it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between the regular sable after puppyhood. The Sable merle has patches of dark brown on a light brown background compared to the black and grey blue Merle.

There are other two colors that are a bit rare, which are unacceptable in the ring. The White Color-headed (mostly white with the head “normally” marked), It is the product of two dogs crossed white facotrados. Double Merle, the product of the crossing of two Shetland Sheepdog blue merle, they can be crossed but have a high incidence of deafness or blindness than other colors.

The ideal height at the cross, in males 37,5 cm.. The females. 35,5 cm.. One greater diversion of 2,5 cm above or below these measures is regarded as highly undesirable.

Character and skills

It is an excellent companion dog, highly loyal. It is joyful, intelligent and always ready to obey. The Shetland Sheepdog they are loving, loyal and affectionate with the family and of course, on the sidelines, with strangers; for this reason the Sheltie They must be socialized. Some may be very reserved. This breed gets along very well with children if they are raised with them from a young age.; However, its small size makes it easy for a child to accidentally harm them, This monitoring is necessary. Consider well bringing a Sheltie adult to a house with small children, may not be compatible.

Some Shetland Sheepdog tend to display a personality similar to that of a Terrier who tends to be hyperactive, and always ready, However this temperament is not sanctioned in the breed standard. Some may be shy, but this temperament is specifically discouraged by the standard. The trend towards shyness, It can be reduced with proper socialization. The Sheltie average is an excellent watchdog, giving alarm barks when a person is at the door or pass a car on the street.

The herding instinct is strong in many Shetland Sheepdog. Love to chase and pasture including, squirrels, ducks, pigeons and children. To the Shetland Sheepdog they like to run in large open areas.

They usually enjoy playing. They are better with a sensitive owner, but firm. The Sheltie It, first and foremost, a smart pastor and love to keep them busy, Although his level of activity, usually, It coincides with the level of its owner. As they are very intelligent, they are highly trainable. Lack of exercise and intellectual stimulation, It can lead to undesirable behaviors, including excessive barking, phobias and nervousness. Fortunately the annoying behaviors may decrease largely by an hour of exercise to make the dog with its owner.

in your category, this breed dominates in the competitions of Agility. They also look at obedience competition, Flyball, Grazing, Tracking and proof of talent.

It is a very intelligent dog, according to him Dr. Stanley city, expert on animal intelligence. The Sheltie is one of the brightest dogs occupying the position number 6 in the Ranking of 132 evaluated races. His research determined that an average Sheltie could understand a new command in less than 5 repetitions and would obey the command the first time the 95% of the times or more.


Similar to the Rough Collie, There is a tendency to inherit malformations and diseases in the eye. Each puppy should have his eyes examined by a qualified eye veterinarian. Some lines may be susceptible to hypothyroidism, epilepsy, Hip Dysplasia, or skin allergies. The life expectancy of Shetland Sheepdog is between 10 and 15 years, Although some in some it may be more, and in others may be less.

The disease of Von Willebrand is an inherited bleeding disorder. On race Sheltie, affected dogs, as a general rule, they do not live long. The Shetland Sheepdog carry type III of Von Willebrand, which, It is the most severe of the three levels. There are DNA tests that were developed to find this disease in dogs Sheltie. It can be done at any age and will showcase one of the following results: affected, carrier or affected not. The Shetland Sheepdog they can also suffer from Hypothyroidism, It is the low functioning of the thyroid gland. Clinical symptoms include, loss of hair, on low weight and faintness.

Although small breed dogs are not usually affected by the Hip Dysplasia, has been identified in some specimens of Sheltie. It occurs when the head of the femur and the acetabulum they don't fit properly, This causes pain and/or lameness. Hip Dysplasia is thought to be genetic; Many breeders sent to test their dogs to certify that they are free from this.

  • Otros nombres: Pastor de las Islas Shetland / Shetland Collie / Dwarf Scotch Shepherd / Toonie dog / Apartment Collie / Miniature Collie / Sheltie / Berger des Shetland.
  • Group 1 / Section 1 – Sheepdogs.

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