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To Test or Not to Test?

Mary E. Galloway DVM As ASSA Health chairperson*, people who want to purchase a Sheltie frequently contact me asking what they should know about the breed’s health problems. A recent call highlighted some concerns expressed by both breeders and owners about the current focus on canine health and research and how it reflects on the perceived health of purebred dogs [...]

By |July 12th, 2016|Categories: Health Articles|Comments Off on To Test or Not to Test?

Additional Reading

SHELTIE TALK, Author: Betty Jo McKinney and Barbara Rieseberg, Publisher: Alpine Publications, P.O. Box 7027, Loveland, CO 80537. THE BOOK OF THE SHETLAND SHEEPDOG, Author: Anna Katherine Nicholas, Publisher: T. F. H. Publications, 211 West Sylvania Avenue, Neptune City, NJ 07753. THE NEW COMPLETE SHETLAND SHEEPDOG, Author: Maxwell Riddle, Publisher: The Howell Book House, McMillan Publishing Company, 866 Third Avenue, [...]

By |July 11th, 2016|Categories: Ring Side & Judges Education|Comments Off on Additional Reading

Text Of Boston Globe Article Oct. 17, 1909

A copy of the original article from the Boston Globe is now in the ASSA Archives. Of interest, the "whole" page on which this appeared and there is also, among others, an article about a gentleman who had suffered wounds at Gettysburgh and another about a lady who was going to dare to go up in a hot air balloon [...]

By |July 8th, 2016|Categories: History|Comments Off on Text Of Boston Globe Article Oct. 17, 1909

Shetland Sheepdog History by Charlotte McGowan

The history of the Sheltie is relatively recent and its earliest history is rather undistinguished. The Shetland Islands are remote and sparsely inhabited, although there is evidence of a long history as a stepping stone from Norway in ancient times. The general nature of the Shetland Islands, the windblown climate and somewhat sparse vegetation, have contributed to the miniaturization of [...]

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Interpretations of the Standard

"The Head" by J. Nate Levine This article was written expressly for the 1968-1970 ASSA Handbook. While intended for breeders, it contains information useful to judges of the Sheltie, from one of the historic authorities on the breed. Written breed standards are certainly subject to differences in interpretation as identical words create different pictures in the minds of different readers. [...]

By |July 7th, 2016|Categories: Breeders Education, Ring Side & Judges Education|Comments Off on Interpretations of the Standard

Is the Sheltie right for you?

The Shetland Sheepdog, or ‘Sheltie' as they are often called, generally resembles the Collie in miniature. Because of the similarity, they are often called a Miniature Collie, but the Sheltie is actually a distinctly separate breed, and was not bred down from the fullsize Collie. The breed evolved from hardy ancestors which lived on the Shetland Islands off the northeast coast of Scotland. The Sheltie developed as a hardy [...]

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