Shetland Sheepdog

sheltie-dogAt a glance
The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as a Sheltie, is a small dog breed that came from the Scottish Shetland Islands. Affectionate, loyal and highly trainable, shelties are not only fabulous companion pets, but can also be utilized as herders of small livestock. The American Kennel Club believes both the Shetland Sheepdog and Collie originated from the Border Collie in Scotland.


  • Names – Toonie dog, Shetland Collie, Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (all obsolete); Miniature Collie, Sheltie; Mini Lassie (slang)
  • Group – AKC: Herding Group; KC: Pastoral
  • Size – small
  • Life expectancy – average of 13; range of about 12-15 years
  • Cost of ownership – medium
  • Ease of ownership – medium
  • Aggressive tendency – low
  • Amount of Exercise – medium
  • Amount of Grooming – medium to high
  • Ease of Training – high
  • Obedience level – high
  • Suitable for Children – high
  • Amount of Care Required – medium
  • Susceptibility to Health Problems – medium Read more