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History of the breed
Shelties are often called “miniature collies”. There is a similarity in appearance, but the history and development of these breeds are completely different.
The Shetland Islands owe their name to their homeland. About a hundred small pieces of land are found off the coast of Scotland.
It is impossible to determine which breeds took part in the birth of the Sheltie: the farmers did not bother about the appearance, they were only interested in the result. Presumably, the ancestors of the Sheltie included the Norwegian Buhund, Yakk, Icelandic Shepherd Dogs, as well as “guest performers” – dogs of all kinds from merchant ships and fishing boats.
The Shetland Islands had a harsh climate and the sheep could not find food for themselves. Local peasants kept unusual livestock: ponies, short-legged sheep, dwarf bulls. To help with such herds, an unpretentious, low-maintenance dog of small size was indispensable.
The Sheltie’s functions included distilling sheep, protecting stored hay from wild herbivores, and on tiny, isolated islands, small shepherds watched over the herd without the help of people, independently obtaining food by hunting rodents and birds.
Sheltie skin problems should also be treated with increased attention: an unhealed disease with peeling, redness or hair loss in time can lead to oncology. [/сolor-box]
Retinal detachment and visual impairment is a problem in 90% of the American collie line. For some, this will result in mild visual impairment, while other dogs may go blind. The disease is not treated.
Sheltie puppy cost varies greatly.
- A puppy with a veterinary passport – around 8000 rubles.
- A puppy with a veterinary passport and pedigree – from 17,000 to 23,000 rubles.
- A puppy with a veterinary passport and champion pedigree – from 28,000 to 45,000 rubles.
List of nurseries
List of nurseries where purebred Sheltie breeding is carried out:
- Russian Versailles Moscow – russkiyversall.com
- Katherines St. Petersburg – ketrins.spb.ru
- The kennel Minsk – wheaten-ancharlyj.jimdo.com