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To Test or Not to Test?

2017-07-26T19:48:53+00:00July 12th, 2016|Categories: Health Articles|

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 [...]

Additional Reading

2016-12-20T14:54:11+00:00July 11th, 2016|Categories: Ring Side & Judges Education|

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 [...]

Text Of Boston Globe Article Oct. 17, 1909

2017-07-26T19:48:53+00:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: History|

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 [...]

Shetland Sheepdog History by Charlotte McGowan

2018-10-02T20:51:19+00:00July 8th, 2016|Categories: History, Ring Side & Judges Education|

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 [...]

Interpretations of the Standard

2017-07-26T19:48:53+00:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Breeders Education, Ring Side & Judges Education|

"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 [...]

Is the Sheltie right for you?

2017-07-26T19:48:53+00:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: Health Articles|

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 [...]

How To Purchase A Sheltie

2017-07-26T19:48:53+00:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: FAQ - Purchasing a Sheltie|

The American Kennel Club is an excellent resource for people who are looking for a new dog or puppy. If you are thinking about buying a puppy, but haven’t yet determined whether the Sheltie is the right breed for you, click here. Buying and owning a dog is a lifetime commitment and involves many important responsibilities. [...]

Judging the Shetland Sheepdog by Linda C. More

2017-07-26T19:48:53+00:00June 7th, 2016|Categories: Ring Side & Judges Education|

This article is reprinted from the DJAA Bulletin, June 1996, revised October, 2007, and reproduced here by permission of the author and DJAA. Many people say they find the Sheltie confusing and hard to judge, and indeed there is a wide range of size and style AND color and markings. The Sheltie standard is well written, [...]