The Shetland is essentially a small Collie. Initially it worked as a sheepdog. Because of its “handy” size and its friendly temperament it is also used today as a pet. It cannot be used as a hunting dog because it lacks the requisite hunting instinct. It is good toward its human family, including children, and it can coexist peacefully with other pets. It is a social, loyal and protective dog. It loves to learn and for this reason is easy to train. It tends to be somewhat cautious toward strangers so it needs to be socialized from early on. It also has the tendency to bark. It is a playful dog full of energy and it must get plenty of daily exercise in order to retain excellent physical and mental wellbeing.
The Shetland is a small dog. The male stands from 33 to 38 cm tall and it weighs from 6 to 8 kilos. The female stands from 32 to 35 cm tall and it weighs from 5 to 7 kilos. Its coat is long, straight, rich and rough. There are three color varieties. One is the “brown” variety, which may have any color from light golden to dark brown. The second is the three-colored variety: white, black and brown. The third is the grey-blue variety.