Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdog
Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheep dog, or "Sheltie" as it is affectionately known, originated from the Shetland Islands where it was used by crofters as a sheep dog. Few Shelties are used today for their original purpose as sheep dogs, but those people who have worked them vouch for their incredible stamina and instinctive ability to herd. They were first introduced into Australia in 1936. Often referred to as a miniature Collie, the Shetland Sheep dog certainly has the overall appearance of the Rough Collie, however, it is a breed in its own right and possesses some minor distinguishing features, apart from the obvious size difference.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

Shetland Sheepdogs live from between 12 to 16 years of age.

AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT

6kg to 7kg

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Although rather a small dog, the Shetland Sheep dog is certainly not fragile. When feed was in short supply on the farms, the original Shelties were ferried on to small outlying islands with a flock of sheep and left for long periods to guard the flock and fend for themselves. Only the hardy would have been able to survive. When brought back to the farms after such isolation, the dogs would thrive on attention and affection. It is probably this part of their history that makes them so devoted to their owners, but suspicious of intruders and intent on protecting the family.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

Excellent. It can live happily with the family cat and will get along with most other dogs.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

The Shetland Sheep dog's glamorous jacket requires surprisingly little attention. A brush and a comb behind the ears each week will keep it in good condition. The breed's double coat enables it to adapt to both hot and cold weather, the second layer (undercoat) giving insulation against both heat and cold.

Please take note:
While the Shetland Sheep dog is certainly capable of barking, it is also smart enough to be trained not to bark unnecessarily. It makes an excellent watchdog and will alert you to visitors or unusual occurrences.

IDEAL OWNERS

Almost anyone will benefit from owning a Shetland Sheepdog. The ideal owner is someone who understands the need for occasional grooming.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided that the Shetland Sheep Dog is the dog for you and you realise that a brush and comb behind the ears is needed each week, contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders

Breeder Name Kennel State
Don and Jenny Herd Glenmurry NSW Contact
Sue Van Sunland WA Contact
Danielle Briggs Stornoway NSW Contact
Carolyn Vicary Sheltalyn NSW Contact
Dorothy Hall Cadvarni QLD Contact
Sue Henley Kaysview WA Contact
Pauline and Joey Lim and Brennan Aliste SA Contact
Carol Payne Sheltijoy NSW Contact
Shirley Fox Shelmanna TAS Contact
Ian and Cheryl Spangler Shelsian SA Contact
Judy Docksey Beauideal/Hilaire NSW Contact
Jeanette Kania Kirrimist VIC Contact
Bill and Lexie Aberline Aberjoy VIC Contact
Tenille Riordan Sheldan NSW Contact
Maureen Gostelow glenkinchie VIC Contact
Christine Luxford Ambermoon WA Contact
Garry Dryburgh Tezer NSW Contact
Debbie and Doug Hedge Inneslake NSW Contact
Paula Rowden ELECTRO QLD Contact
Kay Tonkin Arajento WA Contact
Deirdre Bolwell Daydream NSW Contact
Kay Sullivan Limbunya VIC Contact
John & Val Wishart Abovin VIC Contact
vicki sparks eldawn SA Contact
Michelle Young Cheralay NSW Contact
Hayley Lamb Synrise WA Contact
Robyn Carroll Gavend QLD Contact
Coral Young Summerset NSW Contact
Nicole Pearson Hartly NSW Contact
christine klempel charmhill VIC Contact
Jenny HERD Glenmurry NSW Contact
Norma Peace Horton Park VIC Contact
Jeanette Walden Kieno VIC Contact
Daisy Baker Fairvyne VIC Contact
janet goodwin nellabah NSW Contact
Lyn Pearson Lyndream NSW Contact
LIZ NELSON LIZNEB NSW Contact
Therese Dyer Bluswell NSW Contact
Janet Rainey Jaemist SA Contact
Rachelle Belak Brashelle NSW Contact
Christine Hatzikiriakos Hatztoo NSW Contact
Veronica Royston Juzvee NSW Contact
Carolyn Vicary Sheltalyn NSW Contact
LESLIE TANKS SHELBRAE NSW Contact
Karma Holdings Pty Ltd Greg Mellor Jmell WA Contact
Robyn Carroll Gavend QLD Contact
Cathryn Murdoch Donriver QLD Contact
Ashlea & Julie Stanton/Harris Lurikeen WA Contact
Hope Innes Harradei SA Contact
Lyn Vandeluytgaarden Chillypark NSW Contact
Jody Innes harradei SA Contact
Elizabeth Thomson Elizadale NSW Contact
Ann Walters Sharndah VIC Contact
Carol Watson Tiakina WA Contact
Daisy Baker Fairvyne VIC Contact
Ashlea & Julie Stanton & Harris Lurikeen WA Contact
kaylene Lutzow Tesskatel QLD Contact
Brian Turner Rimini SA Contact
Traci Addison TBA QLD Contact
Sandra Yearsley Kasingal WA Contact
Lynne Merritt Lamarilli VIC Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    Website: www.dogsact.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    Website: www.cccq.org.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    Website: www.dogssa.com.au
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    Website: www.tasdogs.com/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    Website: www.dogswest.com
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)