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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 Schedules for the 2017 February Championship show are now available here.

 

The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club winter open show results are now updated. Please follow link.

The Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club 2017 Calendar is now for sale.

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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