cut Males: 37 cm at the withers. Bitches: 35.5 cm at the withers
weight 7 to 10kg approximately
hair Long and dense (forms a very marked collar and jabot), short on the head and the limbs
dress Fawn, Bicolor (black and white, blue and white or black and tan), Tricolor, Blue merle
head Sculpted head with flat forehead and gradually tapering muzzle
eyes Oblique and almond-shaped medium, dark brown, may be blue in blue merle
ear Small, moderately wide at the base in the shape of a triangle with a natural one-third crease, set fairly close together on the top of the skull
tail Long, low set, bushy plumed coat, slightly curved tip
behaviour Friendly disposition; not fearful or aggressive
federation Nomenclature FCI group 1 section 1 no 88
The Shetland Sheepdog, also called Shetland or Sheltie, is a small sheepdog originating from the Shetland Islands (north of Scotland). He comes from the crossbreeding of Shetland Islands dogs and collies. Although it looks like a young three-month-old long-haired collie, the Shetland Sheepdog is not a "miniature collie", but a distant cousin that has become a breed in its own right.
He is a friendly, intelligent dog, very attached to his masters. He has all the qualities of a sheepdog and loves children. He likes to please his master and will do anything to see a smile on his face. It is robust but very elegant and despite its long hair requires little maintenance. Having a fairly strong penchant for independence, he is quite distant towards those he does not know. It is a dog that does not support violence, not even verbal. Abused, he quickly becomes depressed and unhappy. It takes patience to educate him, never raise a hand on him, never shout. The Shetland Sheepdog likes to live in contact with his master and nature. He is an active dog who has strong qualities for the practice of agility. To date the Shetland Sheepdog is known to be the 6th smartest breed in the world.