The Shetland Sheepdog is descended from Scotland’s Border Collie which was crossed with small longhaired intelligent breeds to make a smaller dog after he was taken to the Shetland Islands. Over a period of time, a few other crosses were made. He works as a guard dog, protecting flocks, herds, homes, crofters’ cottages from all kinds of predators. He also worked as a farm helper. He’s a sort of miniature working Collie.
His coat is longhaired and rough. He’s intelligent, docile, devoted, alert and loyal. He’s easy to train and is one of the most obedient of breeds. He excels in herding, agility and conformation. His coat’s colour is sable, blue merle or black and can have tan and/or white marks. He loves his family, but can be reserved when he’s around strangers. He may herd people or bark at them. He can adapt to most living conditions as long as he gets enough exercise. His dense double coat needs regular grooming. He’s 13 – 16 inches high.