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Shetland Sheepdog  


The Shetland Sheepdog is one of America’s most popular breeds and recognizable to many as a rough collie in miniature. Like the collie, they share ancestry with the Border Collie. After making the trip from Scotland to Shetland they were crossed with local breeds and eventually with the Collie, producing the sharp, lively Shetland Sheepdog we know today. They have historically served as guardians and stock dogs and retain these qualities today. They possess a high degree of intelligence and intuition and crave mental stimulation and loving attention. They are amenable to city living as long as they are exercised and entertained.  Their dense, double coat requires regular attention and grooming.

American Shetland Sheepdog Association   


Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Canidae
Genus - Canis
Species - Canis Lupus
Subspecies - Canis Lupus Familiaris
Breed - Shetland Sheepdog



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