The Sheltie was once called the "Toonie"
from the Norwegian word for a farmhouse's front yard. His job was to guard
and herd sheep and keep an eye on any young children who might be playing
in the yard.
The Shetland Sheepdog
resembles the Rough Collie but is a separate and distinct breed. He stands up
to 16 inches at the shoulder and has a long, straight, and dense double coat
in black, blue merle, or sable with white and/or tan markings. He is
subject to seasonal shedding, and needs regular brushing and grooming to
keep the fur tangle-free.
Affectionate, loyal, and charming, the
Sheltie has become a popular family pet. He gets along very well with children
if there is no excessive rough housing.
The Sheltie easily tolerates other
dogs, cats, and household pets. However, Shelties do have a tendency to
bark when excited, startled, or lonely. This is a family dog that should
not be left alone for long periods. The Sheltie is light on his feet and
can run quickly and jump well.
The Sheltie's size makes him a pet that
will fit into most accommodation. However, as an active, energetic dog, he
should have regular daily walks. He is intelligent, intuitive, and has an
eager to please personality. He does well in obedience and agility as he
is easily trained.