Shelties have been called a number of different things through the years.
"Toonies", after the Norwegian word "tun" for farm, as well as peerie,
pixie, or fairy dogs. They are not, however, "miniature collies",
although many people mistakenly call them this.
The Sheltie is originally from the Shetland islands, where many other
animals, including the sheep and ponies, were of diminutive size. They
come in a range of acceptable colours: Sable and white, (like "Lassie"),
Tricolour (black with tan markings and white), Blue Merle (a tricolour
with random silvery-blue spots. Blue Shelties may have blue or partly
blue eyes), Bicolour (black and white), and Bi Blue (blue and white with
no tan). Shelties are highly intelligent and trainable. They are a
double-coated breed, and while they have long hair it is fairly easy-care,
though the bit behind the ears tends to mat easily and needs careful
In Canada, Shelties are supposed to measure between 14-16" at the
shoulder. In Britain, the ideal is 14". A pet equally at home in the
country or the city, they still need a good walk every day.
Sue Bowling's Amazing
Shetland Sheepdog page
I highly recommend this site to anyone who is interested in Shelties. It
is full of interesting and useful content, and reflects hours of
painstaking research. Very few web pages of this calibre exist; I only
wish there were more. The web as it was meant to be and ought to be.
Shetland Sheepdog Association rescue page   Lists by state, and
there are Canadian contacts listed here as well.
Shetland Sheepdog Club of
Northern California Rescue Site
Kentucky Sheltie Rescue
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by Strawberry. Last updated August 14, 1999
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