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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 February 2024 Schedule is now online and available to enter.

Postal entries close on Saturday the 27th of Junuary

Online entries close on Saturday the 3rd of February at 1.00pm

Link can be found Here

 

The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club November Open show 2023 results are now online. Click Here

 

 

***The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club 2024 calendar is now for sale***

Also for sale are christmas sheltie cards.

The calendars are £6.00 plus postage.

The Christmas cards are £4.00 for a pack of 10.

Please email Derena ritchie at below email address.

derena.ritchie@gmail.com

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