The Sheltie breed originated on the Shetland Islands, off the northeast coast of Scotland. Over the years the breed was developed as an all-purpose farm dog, herding dog and affectionate and loyal companion. Its hardy nature, willingness to obey, and diminutive size, are ideal attributes for this occupation. An adult Sheltie will stand between 13" and 16" at the shoulder and are usually about 24 pounds.
Shelties possess an intense desire to please their owners. They are highly trainable and very responsive, making them one of the top choices for many types of activities, such as obedience, herding, and agility. Shelties raised as pets develop a lasting loyalty to their families, and their natural affinity for children make them gentle and loving companions.
At KeDiOs we know for a fact that these little warriors have the heart and courage to step in when they are needed to save their family. On June 19, 2008 our 6 month old Tetris saved all of us from a devastating house fire. To read more about this see "Heart of Courage". We have found that Shelties have many other endearing qualaties and quirky personalities (see "Buzz and Baby Princess Have an Adventure").
For more information go to the American Shetland Sheepdog Association web site.