The Shetland Sheepdog is a sturdy and admirable little dog who is usually pretty as a picture. It possess all the wisdom and sound judgement of his larger relatives. He’s in no sense a toy dog, but in all areas somewhat a reduced replica of the big working Collie even as the Shetland pony is a small copy of the shire horse with differences only in bulk and weight.
The usual weight of a Shetland Sheepdog is from 12 lbs. to 14 lbs., the male dog being smaller than the female. It’s height is about 12 inches at the shoulder. The body is long and low set low on short legs which end in long, feathered feet. The tail is really bushy and beautifully colored. The coat is long, flat, and silky, with a lot of neck frill.
Perhaps the prettiest of the breed are the ones with black and white with tan markings, but the sable and white are equally good looking. The simple black and white also are a good looking critter along with the blue & grey colored. The markings are distributed as in the relative breed, generally with a white collar and frill, white legs and feet, and a white tip to the brush. The white muzzle and blaze up the fore-face give it it’s distinction. The head isn’t as long or the face hooked or curved like an eagle’s beak like the large Collie however. The eyes are well proportioned to the size of it’s head but are inclined a little to the almond shape and they have a beautiful soft round brightness that would remind you of the eye of a woodcock. The ears are by preference half pricked, somewhat large, but not floppy. In some specimens, the ears resemble those of the Belgian Papillon dog and are spread out like butterfly wings, so that isn’t really the ear of a large Collie.