In Shetland through the ages, livestock has evolved on a diminutive scale in proportion to the landscape. Similarly the type of dogs that herded the livestock also evolved as a diminutive working dog, and this became known as the Sheltie. The Sheltie was probably a generic collie, and it was almost certainly the local shepherd's dog.

There was no breed standard, the shepherd just needed a tough, courageous, intelligent little dog. An engraving of 1840 in Lerwick shows a Sheltie in the foreground. Then in Lerwick, 1908, the 'Shetland Collie Club' was formed in an attempt to preserve the breed. 

(Founded 1909)

Christmas time in 1914 the Kennel Club recognised the breed. The preferred breed name 'Shetland Collie' was refused, and the breed was named the 'Shetland Sheepdog'. Therefore the club represented by this website can be justifiably proud of being the originator of the Sheltie as a pedigree dog! 

The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie is a particularly well proportioned and handsome dog.  The Sheltie is a dog of great intelligence and trainability.  It still has many of the characteristics of a working sheepdog, and makes a fine guard dog, for it is loyal and affectionate to its owners, but wary of strangers.

The club requested Kennel Club recognition in 1909, but this was refused;  later  the same year The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club was formed.
As the Kennel Club refused to recognise the breed, the Scottish club produced its own stud book, effectively providing a standard for the breed. Eventually at

Latest Updates / News

Notice from The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club

“In view of the current Covid uncertainty the Committee

of the Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club feels that it has
no choice but to cancel the June 6th Open Show 2021 at the
Cochrane Hall, Alva.
Keeping all Committee and exhibitors safe has to be the
number one priority. This decision is deeply regretted
but is the only one that could have been taken at this juncture.
The Committee is actively planning the Winter Show on 15th
November and hopes to see you all on that date.”

**Memebership Subscription for 2021**

In view of the lack of events in 2020, the club committee are offering anyone who paid their subscriptions for 2020, will not need to pay subs for 2021.



**Notice from the President of The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club**

In view of the ongoing pandemic and the current age group of the existing SSSC committee, we are appealing to members to take a more active role in the club.

Almost all the existing committee fall into the shielded or vulnerable categories.
The existing office bearers are willing to support any new committee members to provide an orderly transition.  
Please support your club or we risk its future being in doubt. 
Please contact myself or the secretary, to ensure the club's future.


Norman Ritchie

Contact President:- derena.ritchie@gmail.com

Sectretary:- h.moir@uwclub.net

***2021 SSSC Calendar is available***

Can we thank everyone for the photos submitted for the calendar and obviously we can only use a small selection of the ones submitted.

The calendar will be available from early November. However, as there is a shortage of shows where we would normally distribute the calendar, the arrangements for this year have had to change.

The calendar price is kept the same at £6.00. In addition, due to the number of wintry looking pictures we received, this is allowing us to do a new pack of 10 Christmas cards which are £4.00 per pack.

We have the postage costs for different combinations of calendars and Xmas cards. These are all second class, large letters, for UK. If you would like a cost for any other combinations please get in touch with Norman or Derena Ritchie. .
1 Calendar £1.40
2 Calendars £1.83
3 Calendars £1.83

1 Calendar & 1 pack Xmas Cards £1.83
2 Calendars & 1 pack of Xmas Cards £1.83
1 Calendar & 2 packs of Xmas Cards £1.83
2 Calendars & 2 packs of Xmas Cards £2.48
2 packs Xmas Cards £1.83
We need these to be pre-ordered. Postage to be charged separately which will be advised prior to sending your order.

Cheques should be made payable to SSSC and sent to Mrs Ritchie, Treasurer, SSSC, 5 Murieston Drive, Murieston, Livingston, EH54 9AU

or by BACS - Bank of Scotland, A/C 00821619 S/C 80 08 42.

Can you please submit your orders as soon as possible.
There is currently a lack of information regarding show dates. Consequently rather put in dates which may be changed, we are omitting dates for this year's calendar.


Notice from The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club

“After analysing the current covid-19 situation and after serious
and heart-searching discussions the Scottish Shetland Sheepdog
Club committee feels that we have no option other than to cancel
the Winter Show scheduled for 15th November 2020.
This decision has been reluctantly taken but, given Kennel Club
and Scottish Government advice and what seems to be the distinct
possibility of a second wave, the committee believe it to be the correct one.
With an inside Show and the difficulty of adequate social distancing
the club feels it is unable to guarantee the health and safety of the
Judge, exhibitors, committee, stewards and visitors.
We have also been in contact with Alva Development Trust who
operate the Cochrane Hall and they tell us that it seems most unlikely
that the hall will open this year.
It should also be noted that an AGM will not take place this year. The
plan is to hold the 2020 and 2021 AGMs on the same day early in 2021.”
Helen Moir
Hon. Sec.



The newsletter editor would be would be most grateful if anyone has any articles they would wish to submit for publication. Please forward any article to

Mrs Helen Moir, The Oaks, Cabrich, Kirkhill, Inverness IV5 7PH

or E-mail h.moir@uwclub.net

by the 31st of August please.

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