Sheltie Pin

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Sheltie Pin History

The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is a herding and pet sheepdog of the Shetland group of islands, Scotland. It is one of the four native British Isles types of small, semi-longhaired herding dogs. It is a small, agile, hardy, and intelligent working and pet dog. It is a versatile working and pet who excels in obedience, agility, herding, tracking, watchdogging, and therapy work. The coat is medium in length and comes in many colors. The coat may be either straight or wavy. The tail is low set. The origin of the shanty began in the 18th century. The late 1700’s saw an influx of weavers from mainland Britain who were seeking work. The newly arriving families established themselves in the crofts on the various islands. The crofters needed a dog to help manage the flock of livestock, and the settlers brought with them a type of rough-coated, short-legged, long-bodied, black and tan colored dog which they called “Shetland Catchit.”

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Sheltie Pin Physical Characteristics

The Shetland Sheepdog is a small, medium-to-large sized breed of herding dogs that originated in the Shetland Islands, an island chain located between Scotland and Norway. They have a thick, double coat of fur that ranges in color from white, red, or sable to tri-colored black and white or red and white. They have a face that has a “mask” and a black nose. They have long, floppy ears and a long tail. The Shetland Sheepdog has strong, muscular legs and large feet.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Brown, Black, Red, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 13 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 15 – 25 lbs

Sheltie Pin Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Sheltie Pin Health Concerns

Deafness, Dermatomyositis, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA), Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), Hip Dysplasia, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Microphthalmia, Cryptorchidism, Mitral Valve Dysplasia, Eye Conditions

Sheltie Pin Temperament and Behaviour

The Sheltie Pin is an energetic, athletic, and adaptable dog that makes a great companion for an active owner. They are highly trainable, and excel in obedience, agility, and tracking. They are friendly and sociable, and get along well with children and other household animals. The Sheltie Pin is playful and fun-loving, but they are also well-behaved and calm around adults, making them a great family pet.

Sheltie Pin Activity Requirements

The Sheltie Pin is a breed of dog that was developed in Scotland. They are a herding dog and a working dog. The coat colors of a Sheltie Pin include merle, brindle, blue merle, and sable. The colors of merle are gray, black, and white. The colors of brindle are brown, white, and black. The colors of blue merle are black, gray, and white. The colors of sable are red, red brindle, black, and tan. The height of an adult Sheltie Pin is between 15 and 20 inches. The weight of an adult is between 30 and 40 pounds. The life expectancy of a Sheltie Pin is 12 to 14 years. The temperament of a Sheltie Pin is loyal, alert, and energetic. The grooming requirements are minimal. The shedding requirement is high. The energy level of a Sheltie Pin is high. The physical exercise requirements of a Sheltie Pin are moderate.

Miles Per Day

10 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Sheltie Pin is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Sheltie Pin is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Sheltie Pin is part of the Unclassified group.

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