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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
 

The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club winter open show is being held on Sunday the 6th of November 2016 at Cochrane Hall, Alva, Clackmannanshire. Shedules can be downloaded from link.

The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club are looking for photographs to be included in the 2017 Calendar. The photoraphs are to be of Shelties only, no humans.

Please contact Mr Norman Ritchie, e-mail norman.ritchie@btinternet.com

Closing date the 30th of June.

Please contact:- Mr Norman Ritchie

e-mail norman.ritchie@btinternet.com

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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