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Sheltie days – The Shetland sheepdog

The Shetland sheepdog is intelligent. If you know or have known a sheltie then the previous sentence will certainly ring true. Intelligence is the sheltie’s middle name it runs through his veins and is apparent in everything that he does.

The Shetland sheepdog is quick, visual, vocal and agile. This breed is also particularly hardy, unsurprising due to his working role of herdsman and protector of sheep on the Shetland isles.

Origins

The sheltie bears so many traits of his cousin the larger working collie that we must admit to their bloodline relationship. The other breeds that added to this tiny collie type dog are unconfirmed. It is said that when sheep were exported out to the isles of Shetland so were working collies and these collies when bred with dogs also exported or already residing in the area produced a dog that eventually became the Shetland sheepdog of today.

The other breeds that are thought to be part of the sheltie’s genetic ancestry are;

  • Spitz type that was possibly similar to the modern day Icelandic sheepdog, the herding Spitz type dog of the Shetland isles is now extinct.
  • Pomeranian
  • King Charles spaniel
  • When the Shetland Spitz type dog was brought to England it was then crossed with a rough collie, providing the sheltie with his looks of today.

The sheepdog of Shetland was slow in arriving onto the mainland UK largely due to lack of travel opportunities. When the small dog did arrive back and the rough collie dog was bred into the bloodline this caused controversy for collie owners. The dog was then renamed from the originally planned “Shetland collie dog” to Shetland sheepdog to settle disgruntled rough collie owners and breeders.

In the early 1900’s the Sheltie was first accepted by the British kennel club as a breed type. He also began to be shown at Crufts.

Extinction

Because of lack of attention on the breed due to the world war extinction was a great possibility for the newly established Shetland sheepdog.

The remaining dogs were repeatedly crossed with the collie type until the mid-1920’s when the cross breeding stopped and the Shetland sheepdogs bloodline was truly established.

Temperament

Following the 1920’s there was a lot of breeding effort focused on the way a Shetland sheepdog looked very little attention was given to improvement of temperament. Because the sheltie was predominantly a show breed, at this point, they were kept in large numbers usually in outside pens with insufficient human contact apart from during dog shows. This affected their performance during a show and the dogs were often seen shyly hiding behind the legs of their handlers. The early show breed Shelties were under socialized and nervous of new situations and people and this became their temperament because a truly social side had not been given the opportunity to develop.

Eventually breeders realized this and began to put more effort into developing the temperament of the sheltie, dogs were then kept in smaller numbers and often lived as part of the family. This change in living circumstance greatly improved the confidence and well-being of the dog and he began to develop into the fun, clever and sociable Shetland sheepdog of today.

The Pet Sheltie

The sheltie as a pet will need both sufficient physical exercise and mental stimulation to be happy and healthy. This breed needs to use his brain regularly and in fact he is no different to any type of collie with his need for the opportunity to use his mental energies. He will respond well to clicker training, agility, obedience and anything where he gets to learn something new. Fulfill his needs and the Shetland sheepdog will be a wonderful companion.

 
 
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