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Shetland Sheepdog

Breed Standards for the Shetland Sheepdog

General Appearance:

A small, agile dog, longer than it is tall

Head:

Head forms a long blunt wedge viewed from front or side; Almond-shaped eyes; Flat skull; Small ears, carried erect with top fourth tipping forward

Tail:

Carried low

Color:

Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan

Size:

Weight: about 20 lb; Height 13-16”

Gait:

Smooth, effortless, and ground covering, imparting good agility, speed, and endurance essential in a herding dog

Coat:

It has a double coat, with a short dense undercoat and a long, straight, harsh outer coat. The hair of the mane, frill and tail is abundant.

Temperament:

The Shetland Sheepdog is extremely bright, extremely sensitive, and extremely willing to please.