A crossbreed between the Scottish Rough Collie and Icelandic Yakkin, the Shetland Sheepdog owes its origin to Scotland. The Shetland Sheepdog made its presence in England and the U.S. in the early 20th century.
A powerful, swift and lightly-built dog, the Shetland Sheepdog has a long head, well-rounded muzzle proportionate in length to the skull, black nose, small, flexible and emotive ears with dropping tips, dark almond-shaped eyes and a feathered long tail that reaches to the hock. The Shetland Sheepdog possesses a pretty long double coat of varied colors such as blue merle, sable and black interspersed with white and/or tan.
Sable, golden brown, mahogany, Blue Merle, tricolored(Black, White and Tan), bi-blue's(Black, Grey and a bit of White) and bi-black, Black and Tan coloring.
The Shetland Sheepdogs, one of the most obedient breeds, are known for their generous temperament. Sensitive and faithful, the Shetland Sheepdog is an extremely lively and intelligent dog. One of the smartest breeds in the canine world, the Shetland is loyal and affectionate with its family, but stays aloof from strangers. The Shetland Sheepdog has an excellent herding instinct and possesses the ability to command large cattle. They are renowned for their capabilities of tracking, herding, guarding, agility, and performing tricks. They are entirely devoted to their master, have a docile nature, and an extremely keen sense of understanding.
The major health problems which affect the Shetland Sheepdog are inherited malformation, eye diseases, hypothyroidism and displacement of the patella (kneecap).
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