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You might think you’re seeing double after yesterday’s post. Not quite. Read on:
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of herding dog. The original name of this breed was Shetland Collie, but this caused controversy among the Rough Collie breeders at the time, so the breed’s name was formally changed. This small dog is intelligent, vocal, excitable, energetic and willing to please and work hard. The Shetland Sheepdog’s early history is not well known. The Sheltie is a descendant of small specimens of the Scottish Collie and the King Charles Spaniel. It was developed to tend the diminutive sheep of the Shetland Islands, whose rugged, stormy shores have produced other small-statured animals such as the Shetland pony. Today it is raised as a farm dog and family pet. They were originally a small mixed-breed dog, often only about 8 inches to 12 inches in height at the shoulder, and it is thought that the original Shetland herding dogs were of the Spitz type, and were crossed with Collies from mainland Britain. In the early 20th century, James Loggie added a small Rough Collie to the breeding stock, and helped establish what would become the modern Shetland Sheepdog. – WIKIPEDIA [photo credit]
I’ve had two of these pretty little dogs as houseguests. Both of them were sweethearts and contrary to comments made in the video, neither one barked excessively.
My first-ever Sheltie client was about 6 years old and belonged to an elderly lady. Sophie’s legs were a bit short and her coat was incredibly poofy. We fondly referred to her as a “walking footstool”. She was calmer and quieter than most.
Shelby was a younger dog (about 2 years old) who spent an entire month with us one summer. She loved to run after the squirrels and always tried to herd the other dogs into a circle.
Are you familiar with these little cuties? Want one?
Looking forward to your comments!