Shetland Sheepdogs

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 grooming.

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.

Sheltie Rescue

The American 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

Heart of Kentucky Sheltie Rescue

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by Strawberry. Last updated August 14, 1999

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