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    Shetland Sheepdog |Scotland|

    Shetland Sheepdog |Scotland|

    The Shetland Sheepdog is more commonly known as the “Sheltie” and is a delightful small working breed, that is full of character. These are effectively working Collies on a small scale and exhibit Collie characteristics. They are exceptionally obedient dogs, are easy to train, and adapt to a variety of living conditions. The Sheltie is highly intelligent and agile, and when it is not working, excels at agility and obedience classes. These dogs are affectionate and loyal with their families, occasionally wary of strangers, and have a tendency to bark. When they are herding (sheep, poultry, children, or anything else!) they often bark. Shelties make excellent companion dogs for active homes.

    History

    The Sheltie developed in the nineteenth century in the remote and rugged location of the Shetland Islands situated off the northeast coast of Scotland. Historians speculate that spitz-type dogs from Scandinavia might have played a part in the Sheltie’s development, in addition to small breeds like the King Charles Spaniel and, of course, the original Collie. Visitors to the Shetland Islands were enamored with the small, beautiful dogs, and locals began to sell them. One of the main early breeders was James Loggie at his Lerwick Kennels. The breed was first registered in Lerwick in 1908, the same year Shelties arrived in the United States. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1911.

    Sheltie puppies should be brushed and groomed as early as possible and encouraged to enjoy the experience—it will make life much easier when they are older!

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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