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ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE SHELTLAND SHEEP DOG.
|There are many wonderful books on Shelties. "Sheltie Talk" is my favorite and
The Illustrated Guide to Sheltie Grooming by Barb Ross
|Shelties are for Understanding and compassion.
Shelties are small, alert, rough coated working dog resembling the ideal Collie in
miniature. However, the Sheltie is not a miniature Collie.
The breed standard requires the Sheltie to be sound, hardiest of the registered
breeds. His double coat is thick and protects him from the elements and enables
him to withstand exposure of extreme temperatures.
The most striking feature is his ability to sense when something is wrong and his
extremely strong awareness of property boundaries. He likes to work: lacking the
opportunity to herd animals he may take over the children, keeping them where they
should be or at least letting others know if something is wrong.
Their working instinct lends to inventive ways of pleasing his master. He is a
pleasure to live with and a delight to own.
HISTORY: The actual origin is lost in the mists of the Shetland Islands and cannot be
traced completely by records, but tradition makes the Sheltie as old as the islands
themselves. There is little doubt that the small working Collie from which the
modern show Collie derives, was likewise the progenitor of the Shetland Sheepdog.
Traits: Some Shelties grin: many cross their front legs while laying down: some use
their hands extensively, and some wash their face like a cat. Shelties have a distinct
language of whines, groans, grumbles, and warbles, and some even purr. The
original Island Shelties never barked except to sound a warning. This is not as true
today. Most Shelties are barkers. You will see many Shelties debarked or have the
bark softened. Males have proven to be quieter, more stable, and easier to
housebreak than females.
Sheepdog should be small 13" to 16"at the shoulder and weight not more than
25lbs. However, most by not all pet Shelties are larger and weigh a little more
because kennel breeders sell the pups for pet when they know they will go over
size. Over 16" can not be shown for conformation. Size is one of the hardest things
to obtain and a small pup can turn out to go over size while a large pup can slow and
stay in size. Somewhat of a guessing game on a young dog. The outline should be
so symmetrical that no part appears out of proportion to the whole. Dogs should
appear masculine: bitches feminine.
Head. Refined in its shape. When viewed from top or side, be a long, blunt wedge
tapering slightly from ears to nose, which must be black. The top skull should be
flat. Skull and muzzle should be of equal length, balance point should parallel the
top line of muzzle, but on a higher plane due to the presence of a slight but definite
Coat: Should be double, the outer consisting of long, straight, harsh hair; the
undercoat short, furry and so dense as to give the entire coat its "stand-off" quality.
Mane and frill abundant, and impressive in males. Forelegs feathered, hind legs
heavily but smooth below the hock joint. Hair on tall profuse. Excess hair on ears,
feet and hocks can be trimmed.
Color: Black, blue Merle, and sable (golden to mahogany) Marked with varying
amounts of white and or tan. There should be no rustiness in black or blue coats.
Nor should there be washed out or degenerate colors such as pale sable or faded
blue. More than 50 percent white shall eliminate them from competition.
Temperament: He is intensely loyal, affectionate, and responsive to his owner. He
may be reserved toward strangers but not to the point of showing fear.
Eyes: Medium size with dark, almond shaped rims, set somewhat obliquely in the
skull. Color must be dark, with blue or merle eyes permissible in blue merles .
Ears: Small and flexible, placed high, carried three fourths erect, with tips breaking
forward. When in repose the ears fold lengthwise and are thrown back into the frill.
Most pups benefit by have their ears set with moleskin or glue while teething or
periods of stress.
Neck: muscular, arched, and of sufficient length to carry the head proudly.
Body: Should appear moderately long as measured from shoulder joint to pelvic
bone. Chest should be deep, the brisket, reaching to point of elbow. The ribs well
sprung, but flattened at their lower half to allow free play of the foreleg and
Tall: Long so that when it is laid along the back edge of the hind legs the last
vertebra will reach the hocks.