August 20, 2017

AKC and UKC classify breeds into "groups" by their original purpose.
Northern or Spitz types may eventually be sub-divided.
Explore the Group descriptions below, or choose from the
menu bar above to decide which breed best fits your
lifestyle and interests. If you already know just which breed you prefer, use the drop-down
list of all breeds!

Sporting Breeds

Bird dogs hunt and retrieve by scent and sight

Spaniel or Pointer,
Flusher or Setter,
Sporting dogs are
the hunter's go-getter!


Scent and Sight hounds hunt feather or fur

By day or by night,
to tree or to ground,
there's nothing so sweet
as the voice of a hound.

Working Dogs

Service work, police, draft, and protection dogs

Watchman at night,
companion by day,
he does your bidding
at work or at play


Courageous hunters and faithful friends

No fear, no pain,
no game's too rough,
a working terrier
is dog enough!

Toy Breeds

Diminutive, delightful and utterly devoted

A Toy is a toy, a
companion and more,
a treasure, a joy,
and a dog to adore


Utility dogs are multi-purpose, companions

No look-alikes here,
but tricks they can do.
Your very best friend
is rugged and true.

Herding Dogs

Pastoral breeds protect and control stock

They move, gather
and faithfully guard
cattle and sheep and
the kids in the yard.

Miscellaneous/Rare Breeds

Often foreign or newly developed

Shower me not
with gems so rare,
give me instead,
a diamond with hair


They are types or species more than "breeds"

Old as the dingo,
wild as the wind,
wise as coyote,
Man's very best friend

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Shetland Sheepdog Dog & Puppy Breed Information
Shetland Sheepdogs are happy 13 to 16” little dogs that still like to “herd” their family. The Shetland Sheepdog is an excellent family pet but does require coat care. The Sheltie’s glorious coat, elegant head and expression belie his sturdy working ability. Shelties are devotedly patient playmates for children.

Shetland Sheepdog Puppy & Breed Information

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The Shetland Sheepdog: England recognized the Shetland Sheepdog as a small working collie in 1909.  The Sheltie is an active little dog that stands-out in Obedience and family life.  He is vocal but intelligent enough to know when to be silent.  Natural conformation affords good health but eye problems can occur.

Sheltie Coat, Color, Care: The breed has a luxurious double coat, with a “mane” surrounding a naturally smooth face.  Draped in black, blue merle, or golden to red-sable with white markings, Sheltie owners find the grooming well worth the stunning result.

Shetland Sheepdog Personality: The Shetland Sheepdog is good with children, small animals, and other dogs.  Keenly alert for anything that might threaten his “flock”, the Sheltie is outgoing, loves people, and having a job to do.  He’s as mentally quick as he is physically adept.

Exercise Requirements: Shelties prefer snow to summer heat but were bred to work all day and need strenuous, regular exercise.  A fenced yard will do but the Shetland Sheepdog will never turn down a good run with the kids or a romp in the fields.  He will then curl up at the hearth and not develop nervous habits such as chewing or licking.

Health Concerns: Eye disease or malformation, low thyroid which may be partially responsible for skin problems (as is failure to groom regularly) and some tendency toward slipping patella (kneecap) or ligament injury due to accident.

More Shetland Sheepdog photos, puppy pictures, and the Official Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard

Shetland Sheepdog AKC Standard
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