The Sheltie has an ideal temperament.
It is affectionate, intelligent and an excellent guard dog. They are
usually patient dogs and therefore good with children, making them an
ideal pet for a young family.
Description & History
The Shetland Sheepdog is an ancient
breed. Little is known of the their history, but it is almost certain
that their ancestors came originally from Scandinavia and that for hundreds
of years dogs were kept on the Shetland Islands to herd cattle and sheep.
Today's dogs are descended from the
rough - coated show Collie and appear to have altered little since the
beginning of the present century.
Once known as the Toonies (from the
Norwegian for 'farm'), these dogs, as well as being used for herding,
were also used to protect vegetables and other crops. It was very easy
for the crops to be damaged or stolen, as there was no fencing or any
form of natural barrier on the island, so the Sheltie was the only means
the farmer had of guarding his land.
Their natural willingness to obey not
only helped the farmer, but in later years contributed to their success
in obedience competitions.
Until 1909 the Sheltie was known as
the Shetland Collie. In 1914 they were recognised by the British Kennel
Club and also became known as the Shetland Sheepdog. The Sheltie is
always happy to be taken for a long walk, but this is not necessary
as long as it receives adequate exercise.