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Introduction to Shelties
The Shetland Sheepdog is an outstanding companion dog and is intensely loyal. It is lively, intelligent, and trainable, does not need miles of exercise and willing to please and obey. Shelties are loving, loyal, and affectionate with their family and are one of the breeds which has adapted most successfully to the modern way of life. If you live in a suburban semi, a cottage or a country mansion they will fit in without difficulty. Even with it’s long coat a simple brushing, combing and an occasional bath is all that is required.
Correct Sheltie temperament is intensely loyal, affectionate and responsive to his owner; reserved but not shy or fearful. The average Sheltie is an excellent watch dog, giving alarm barks when a person is at the door, or a car is in the driveway. All in all the Sheltie is the ideal companion and house dog.
History of Shetland Sheepdogs
The Sheltie came from the Shetland Islands off the north coast of mainland Scotland. Unlike many miniature breeds that resemble their larger counterparts, this breed was not developed simply by selectively breeding for smaller and smaller sizes. Rather, he is a descendant of the Collie and while the Sheltie's exact origins are not known it is believed that other types such as the extinct Greenland Yakki dog, Norwegian Buhund, the Kings Charles Spaniel (not the Cavalier), the Pomeranian, and possibly the Border Collie were utilized in their development.