Introduction of the shetland sheepdog

Introduction of the shetland sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is a very good sheepdog, hardy, physically strong, wide-eyed, faithful, intelligent, reliable, and has a very wide range of use.

Variety Introduction

Chinese name: Shetland Sheepdog

Latin name: Shetland Sheepdog

Aliases: Shetland Sheepdog, Shetland Sheepdog

Kingdom: Animalia

Door: Chordate

Subphylum: Vertebrate subphylum

Class: Mammalia

Subclass: Subclass Thera

Order: Carnivora

Suborder: Canines

Family: Canine

Subfamily: Canine subfamily

Genus: Canis

Distribution area: UK, North America

FCI number: 88

Type: Medium dog

Shoulder height: 33-39.5cm

Weight: 5-10kg

Hair Length: Long Hair

Introduction of the shetland sheepdog


Body Type

The Shetland Sheepdog is about 13 to 16 inches tall at the shoulder (about 33 to 41 cm).

Disqualification: Shoulder height greater than or less than standard size, is a disqualification and will be expelled from the game.


Head: Delicate in appearance, viewed from above and in profile, the shape of the head is a long, blunt wedge, tapering from the ears to the nose.

Expression: The outline and lines of the head, the shape, position and posture of the ears, and the position, color and shape of the eyes, together form the expression.

Eyes: Medium in size, dark in color, almond shaped, set slightly slanted.

Ears: Small, pliable, set high, 3/4 erect, tip folded forward.

Defects: Set too low, hound-like drop ears, erect ears, bat ears, twisted ears.

Nose: Must be black.

Lips: tight.

Teeth: Straight and even, with a scissors bite.

Shetland puppies

Defect: The head is horned.

Neck, Topline, Body

Neck: Muscular, well arched, and of sufficient length to hold the head proudly.

Defects: The neck is too short and too thick.

Back: Level and muscular.

Chest: Deep, extending deep to the elbows.

Defects: The back is too long, too short, wobbly, or arched.

Tail: Fairly long, the end of the tailbone extending at least as far as the hock when the tail hangs down the hind legs.

Defects: Short tail with twisted ends.


Beginning at the withers, the shoulder blades slope forward at a 45-degree angle, sloping downward, extending to the junction with the upper arm.

Defect: The angle of the scapula to the upper arm is not enough.

Feet: Oval, compact, with well arched toes.


The thighs are broad and muscular.

Defects: narrow thighs, bovine limbs, valgus hocks, unclear hocks.

The paws are the same as the forelimbs.

two-tone coat

Double coat, the outer coat is composed of long, straight and coarse hair, and the undercoat is soft, thick and dense, giving the coat a feeling of being "supported".


Defects: Whole or partial hair is short, flat, wavy, curly, soft or silky.


Black, blue merle, or dark brown (from gold to mahogany) with varying degrees of white markings (with or without brown).

Tricolor merles, lacking merles or variegated colors, generally appear dull or faded tricolors.


The trot of the Shetland Sheepdog appears relaxed and smooth.


Well-developed forequarter muscles and ligaments, plus correct chest and rib structure.

Defects: Stiff movements, short stride, undulating gait, bumps.


The Shetland Sheepdog is warm, loyal and friendly to its owner.

Defects: Shyness, timidity or nervousness.