Often mistaken for the collie, the Shetland Sheep Dog is basically a miniature version of that working dog. It is also one of the most popular and beautiful breeds of dog in the world. Here some amazing fun facts about this loyal and highly trainable dog.
This breed sheds in the summer and again in the fall. If it is kept indoors it does not shed nearly as much as one that is kept outdoors.
Although of obscure origin, the sheltie is probably a descendant of small specimens of the Scottish collie and the King Charles spaniel. It was developed to tend the diminutive sheep of the Shetland Islands, whose rugged, stormy shores have produced other small-statured animals such as the Shetland pony.
There are many theories as to just how the breed evolved, but most experts think that they are not direct descendants of the rough collie and that the Corgi breed contributed somewhere along the way.
Shetland Sheep Dogs always have at least two colors, and black is among those colors.