SHETLAND SHEEPDOG (SHELTIE)
The English pattern entered in the FCI register under the number 88b (1963 r.)
Dogs of this breed are rather small, height to 40 cm, longhair, with a nice appearance, similar to a collie, but less elongated. These cute dogs, with us little known, they start showing up at exhibitions and coming home as nice companions. They are characterized by attachment to the master and distrust, kind of shyness, towards strangers.
General impression. The structure of a shetland should be strong and mobile, no trace of heaviness or thickening, which allows his natural inclination to work with a herd of sheep to develop. Admittedly, the desired type is similar to a collie, but there should be some visible differences. One of the most important features is the perfect harmony and good proportion of the brain's head to the face; the right size, Shape, color and arrangement of the eyes, correct positioning and wearing of the ears. Shetland is expected to be affectionate and obedient to the guide; he should be cautious towards strangers, but without showing any nervousness.
At first glance, it is a dog that combines beauty with intelligence and temperament. An abundance of fur, mane and ruff in combination with a good head sculpture and "sweetness” expressions create the ideal of Shetland.
Head. Subtly modeled. Viewed from above and from the side, it is elongated in shape, truncated cone, tapering from the ears to the tip of the nose. The width of the cerebral part depends solely on the length of the entire head, and this, in turn, is proportional to the size of the entire body. The cerebral part is flat, moderately broad between the ears, without a protruding back of the head. The cheeks should be flat and flowing gently into a well-rounded mouth.
The cerebral part and the muzzle are of equal length; the midpoint lies in the inner corner of the eye. The frontal line, seen in profile, is parallel to the bridge of the nose, but at a slightly higher level. The leading edge is distinct, but insignificant. Teeth healthy and well placed; jaws equal and strong; mandible well developed; scissor bite. Lips tight. Medium-sized eyes, positioned obliquely, almond shape, dark brown in color; the exception are dogs with a marbled coat, in whom blue eyes are allowed. The nose is always black. The ears are small, at the base of moderate width, seated fairly close together, high on the top of the head. Quietly tossed back, in front of listening, carried half-erect with the ends hanging down.
Neck. Muscular, well bent and long enough. It allows for "haughty."” wearing the head.
Torso. Straight back. The rump line is gradually merging with the line of the hind legs. Deep chest, reaching to the elbows.
Limbs. The shoulder blades are angled at 45 °. The angle between the shoulder blade and the shoulder is close to straight. The elbows are the same distance from the withers as from the ground. Forelegs straight when viewed from the front, muscular and even. Strong skeleton. Broad and muscular thigh, it forms a clearly marked angle with the lower leg. Hocks neat and strong, well angulated, low situated., straight when viewed from behind. Pasterns strong and flexible. Oval feet with a thick sole. Toes arched and tight.
Tail. Set low, reaches at least the ankle joint. Profusely hairy and slightly curved upwards, especially when the dog is in motion; it should not rise above the back line.
Robe. Long cover hair, wide and completely straight.
Soft lining, fluffy, short and compact. The mane and ruff are very abundant. Front legs with good feathers, rear profusely pubescent, but below the ankle the hair is shorter. Short hair on the face. Shorthair dogs are eliminated from breeding and evaluation.
Ointment. Intensive black torso required in tricolor dogs, no sign of mottling; expressive arson is valued more highly. Fawn can be uniform or with a dark coating, in a whole range of shades - from golden to dark mahogany; the desired expressive shade of the ointment. Wolfdog and gray ointment undesirable. In blue-marbled, the most desirable color is light blue-silvery flecked or marbled with black. Juicy tanning is desirable, but its absence is not a defect. Very undesirable - both in the hair of the cover and undercoat - large black patches and a slate or rusty shade. The whole color should lean towards blue. White spots are acceptable on the chest, on the thighs, the lower leg and the tip of the tail. All or some of these meanings are desirable, but their absence is not a disadvantage. Black and white or black and tan, judged equally. Very undesirable white patches on the body. Black nose, regardless of the coat color.
Increase. Perfect height: psy 38 cm, suki 35 cm. Exceeding this amount or not achieving it is considered a major disadvantage.
Chody. Undesirable high or stiff leg elevation or crossing or side-to-side throwing. Light gaits, fast, graceful, elastic.
Disadvantages. The head is arched in the cerebral part, or with a receding forehead. No leading edge. Big ears, completely pendulous or standing. Cheeks too much developed, maxilla and mandible weak, pointed snout, dentition incomplete. Front legs curves, cow posture. Tail hooked curved or short, or carried over the back. White or predominantly white. Pink or flesh-colored nose. Blue eyes (except for the eyes in blue-marbled dogs), round or clear. Overshot or receding lower jaw. Nervousness.