Standard of the Shetland Sheepdog
Group 1 - FCIs breed nr. 88,
24th June 1987
Small, long haired, working dog of great beauty, free from cloddiness
and coarseness. Outline symmetrical so that no part appears out
of proportion to whole. Abundant coat, mane and frill, shapeliness
of head and sweetness of expression
combine to present the ideal.
Characteristics: Alert, gentle, intelligent, strong and active.
Temperament: Affectionate and responsive
to his owner, reserved towards strangers, never nervous.
Head and skull: Head refined; when viewed from top or side
a long, blunt wedge, tapering from ear to nose. Width of skull
in proportion to length of skull and muzzle. Whole to be considered
in connection with the size of dog. Skull flat, moderately wide
between ears, with no prominence of occipital bone. Cheeks flat,
merging smoothly into well rounded muzzle. Skull and muzzle of
equal length, dividing point inner corner of eye. Topline of
skull parallel to topline of muzzle, with slight but definite
stop. Nose, lips and eyerims black. The caracteristic expression
is obtained by the perfect balance and combination of skull and
foreface, shape, colour and placement of eyes, correct position
and carriage of ears.
Jaws level, clean, strong with a well-developed underjaw. Lips
tight. Teeth - sound with a perfect, regular and complete scissor
bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and
set square to the jaws. A full complement of 42 properly placed
teeth higly desired.
size, obliquely set, almond shape. Dark brown except in the case
of merles, where one or both may be blue or blue flecked.
moderately wide at base, placed fairly close together on top
of skull. In repose; thrown back; when alert brought forward
and carried semi-erect with tips falling forward.
Muscular, well arched, of sufficient length to carry head proudly.
Forequarters: Shoulders very well laid back. At withers separate
only by vertebrae, but blades sloping outwards to accomodate
desired spring of ribs. Shoulder joint well angled. Upper arm
and shoulder blade approximately equal in length. Elbow equidistent
from ground and withers. Forelegs straight when viewed from front,
muscular and clean with strong bone. Pasterns strong and flexible.
Slightly longer from point of shoulder to bottom of croup than
height at withers. Chest deep, reaching to point of elbow. Ribs
well sprung, tapering at lower half to allow free play of forelegs
and shoulders. Back level, with graceful sweep over loins; croup
slopes gradually to rear.
Hindquarters: Thigh broad and muscular, thigh bones set into
pelvis at right angles. Stifle joint has distinct angle, hock
joint clean cut, angular, well let down with strong bone. Hock
straight when viewed from behind.
Oval, soles well padded, toes arched and close together.
Set low; tapering bone reaches to at least hocks; with abundant
hair and slight upward sweep. May be slightly raised when moving
but never over level of back. Never kinked.
Gait/movement: Lithe, smooth and graceful with drive from hindquarters,
covering the maximum amount of ground with the minimum of effort.
Pacing, plaiting, rolling or stiff, stilted up and down movement
outer coat of long hair, harsh textured and straight. Undercoat
soft, short and close. Mane and frill very abundant, forelegs
well feathered. Hindlegs above hocks profusely covered with hair,
below hocks fairly smooth. Face smooth. Smooth coated specimens
Clear or shaded, any colour from pale gold to deep mahogany,
in its shade, rich in tone. Wolf sable and grey undesirable.
Tricolours: Intense black on body, rich tan markings preferred.
Blue merles: Clear, silvery blue, splashed and marbled with
black. Rich tan markings preferred but absence not penalised.
Heavy black markings, slate or rusty tinge in either top or undercoat
highly undesirable; general effect must be blue.
Black & white and Black
& tan: Are also recognised colours.
White markings may appear (except on
black and tan) in blaze, collar and chest, frill, legs and tip
of tail. All or some white markings are preferred (except on
black and tan) but absence of these markings not to be penalised.
Patches of white on body highly undesirable.
Ideal height at withers: Dogs 37 cms (14 1/2 inchs); Bitches
35,5 cms (14 inchs). More than 2 1/2 cms (1 inch) above or below
these heights highly undesirable.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the
seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact
proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended
into the scrotum.
Approved by the
on the 23th and 24th June 1987 in Jerusalem.