The Shetland Sheepdog , often known as the Sheltie , is a breed of herding dog. They are partly derived from dogs used in the Shetland Isles for herding and protecting sheep. The breed was formally recognized by The Kennel Club in 1909. Although of obscure origin, the Sheltie is probably a descendant of small specimens of the Scottish Collie and the King Charles Spaniel.
Shelties have a high level of intelligence. According to Dr.Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, the Shetland sheepdog is one of the brightest dogs, ranking 6th out of 132 breeds tested. Their expression should be that of alertness with a gentle and sometimes reserved nature. They are often very good with children. They are an intensely loyal breed, sometimes reserved with strangers, and affectionate and responsive.
Average to considerable, depending of the direction the owner takes. The instinct to herd is primarily a product of breeding.
Between 33 and 41 cm / Between 5 and 11 kg.
Long double coat.
Sable, mahogany sable, shaded sable, tri-colored, bi-black, bi-blue, blue merle, bi-blue merle, sable merle, color headed white, double merle
(Source: Wikipédia & The Ultimate Dogs, Dog Breeds & Dog Care by Dr Peter Larkin & Mike Stockman, August 2015)