Kelanmee Shetland Sheepdogs
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The Shetland Sheepdog
(AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD EXTENSION)
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COAT COLOUR SIZE HISTORY ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Pups in every colour!
(l-r)Shaded Sable, Sable, Tricolour, Bi-Blue, Bi-black and Blue Merle
HISTORY OF THE BREED
It is known that following the Highland clearances, after Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated, to make way for large-scale sheep farming, that an unproductive attempt was made to deal similarly with the Shetland Isles in 1820 and shepherds and their dogs were imported from mainland Scotland. By now, the appearance of a ‘Spitz’ dog had been modified somewhat, by these newer dogs, and it is thought probable that a dog not dissimilar from very early working sheepdogs, later to be called Border Collies, which were mostly black and white and black and tan, occupied the islands, still carrying out the non specific role of a crofters dog and thought by many to spend rather more time driving pack ponies than herding the sheep which were grazed communally on the Moorlands of Shetland, being only gathered on two occasions per year.
At the start of the 1900’s Officers of the Royal Navy, whose ships were stationed near Shetland, had started bringing back to England, as pets for their families, small fluffy puppies, which were purchased from one source in the port of Lerwick. It is believed that these dogs were the product of breeding the resident dog with Papillon and Pomeranians, known to be also in the ownership of the trader. Soon the friends of Royal Navy personnel were also owning these dogs.
The first Breed Club had been formed at Lerwick in Shetland in 1906 but called the Shetland Collie Club and it was not to prosper for very long. The first ‘shelties’ appeared at a show in Glasgow in 1908 and were described, by a respected authority of the time, as "little more than mongrels, about 8" high"; hardly an auspicious start! The Ladies Kennel Association became the first English show to schedule the breed separately in 1909, which generated huge interest, particularly from the Rough Collie breeders of that time, as the preferred name of these early pioneers of the breed was Shetland Collie, but strenuous campaigning by the Rough Collie breeders resulted in the name Shetland Sheepdog being allocated as perhaps an acceptable compromise.
In 1909 the Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club was formed and exists strongly to this day, but it was not until 1914 that the English Shetland Sheepdog Club was formed and today boasts the largest membership. By 1914, astoundingly, the breed was recognised by the UK Kennel Club and the first breed standard was approved. Much development to standardise the wildly varying type took place over the next 20 years, with one faction wanting to preserve the more ‘traditional’ Shetland dog and a rival faction, whose aim was to produce a Rough Collie in miniature. Inevitably the Rough Collie influence, through repeated outcrosses to the breed and intense inbreeding, won the often acrimonious battle over the rather fewer in number ‘traditional’ dogs.
Ch Woodvold - the first Champion in the breed - born 1913
The History of the Shetland Sheepdog in Australia
In 1954 Mr & Mrs Wilson from Wollongong NSW imported from the United Kingdom, a sable male Hallinwood Golden Dawn DOB 11/2/1953 (Eng Ch Hallinwood Flash x Catherine of Hildlane) and a sable bitch Hallinwood Gay DOB 19/6/1953 (Hallinwood Skylon x Hallinwood Merriment). Records show that they were only shown once and bred one litter which contained the sable bitch Ch Kiltarra Karen CD - DOB 18/1/ 1957 and she was the first Shetland Sheepdog in Australia to gain the Companion Dog title.
Mr & Mrs Frank Taylor imported from the United Kingdom a sable male Ch Hallinwood Eagle Feather DOB 20/11/1954 (Eng Ch Hallinwood Flash x Hallinwood Duchess) who was the first Royal Challenge winner at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 1955 and was exhibited in the AOV class, he sired five Australian and two New Zealand Champions. They also imported a sable bitch Hallinwood Golden Fern DOB 7/3/ 1954 (Hallinwood Golden Ray x Hallinwood Merriment) and she was the dam of 2 champions one of which was Aust Ch Sheltie Gold Surprise who was the dam of five Champions.
Mr & Mrs Taylor also imported a tri colour bitch Lorna of Exford DOB 14/11/1954 (Eng Ch Lothario of Exford x Lady Ellen of Exford) who was born in the United Kingdom and taken by the Taylors to Canada. Prior to leaving England she was mated to Riverhill Red Coat. This mating produced one tri colour pup in Canada, Captain Morgan of Sheltie Croft DOB 10/7/1956 and he was later imported to Australia with his dam. Frank also imported from the United Kingdom a black and white bitch Sheltiecroft Medley of Exford DOB 8/3/1958 (Houghton Hill Buffoon x Gala of Exford) and Drumcauchlie Tontine sable - DOB 24/3/1959 (Eng Ch Laird of Whytelaw x Drumcauchlie Kerstin) who was the dam of two Australian Champions & one New Zealand Champion.
Ron Scott of Almaroy Kennels imported from New Zealand Ch Riverbank Shane Sable - DOB 22/10/1955 (NZ Ch Riverbank Sean x NZ Ch Riverbank Shadrach) & Riverbank Seraph Sable (NZ Ch Cuillin of Callart (Imp UK) x Riverbank Startler (IID). A litter from these two produced the first Australian Bred Champion, Ch Almaroy Apple Blossom who was the dam of four Champions, and won Best Opp Sex SSC of NSW Nov 1960 & Easter 1961, Challenge Bitch Sydney Royal 1958 & 1960 & Challenge Bitch Melbourne Royal 1959.
The first Shetland Sheepdog Championship show held in Australia was conducted by the Shetland Sheepdog Club of NSW in November 1960 in conjunction with the Great Dane Club and was judged by Mr Wes Stacey. Dog Challenge & Best in Show was Ch Supiter of Shelert (Imp UK); Bitch Challenge & Best Opposite Sex in Show was Ch Almaroy Apple Blossom.
Ch Supiter of Shelert (Imp UK)
Ch Almaroy Apple Blossom
Ch Blazon of Callart (Imp UK) Sable - DOB 15/9/1961 (Eng Ch Trumpeter of Tooneytown x Tanera of Callart) sired 29 Champions. His progeny include Ch Nigma Altair sire of 11 Champions, Ch Kerondi Falling Star dam of 8 Champions, Ch Lisronagh Can Can dam of 8 Champions, & Oakland Scintilla dam of 6 Champions.
This male line is coming to an end with only a few male descendants remaining in 2008....
Ch, Eng Ch Starlight of Callart (Imp UK) Sable - DOB 9/2/1954 (Rising Star of Callart x Carolyn of Callart) Sired 11 Champions.
Ch Rodanieh Rock Mundi (Imp UK) Sable - DOB 21/1/1959 (Ir Ch, Eng Ch Ireland’s Eye Trefoil of Arolla x Ir Ch Ireland’s Eye Francehill Swagger) Sired 18 Champions.
Ch Rodanieh Francehill Typhoo (Imp UK) Sable - DOB 6/5/1962 (Rodanieh Ready Made x Francehill Little Flighty) Sired 15 Champions, the most notable of these was Aust Ch Heatherburn Ace who sired 19 Champions.
Ch. Eng Ch Selskars Cloudberry of Greensands (Imp UK) Blue Merle – DOB 2/7/ 1971 (Eng Ch Loughrigg Dragon Fly x Selskars Myosotis) sired 4 Champions.
Snabswood Sandbagger (Imp UK) – Sable – DOB 23/3/1980 (Eng Ch Marksman of Ellendale x Snabswood Siobhan) Sired 2 English, 3 Australian and 2 New Zealand Champions.
Ch Hightown Fiona (Imp UK) Sable – DOB 14/7/1957 (Dan Ch, Swd Ch Glyntirion Wee Laird of Marl x Hazelhead Golden Ray) dam of 3 Champions, her progeny include Oakland Vega dam of 6 Champions.
Ch Soldanella of Shelert (Imp UK) Sable – DOB 25/10/1956 (Sovereign of Shelert x Fleurette of Shelert) Dam of 4 Champions
Ch Kendoral Nymph (Imp UK) Sable - 16/5/1960 (Kendoral Waterman x Zoe of Brownspring) dam of 2 Champions including Aust Ch Heatherburn Ace sire of 19 Champions
Ch. Eng Ch Happy Song of Tooneytown (Imp UK) Sable - DOB 9/7/1963 (Fanfare of Tooneytown x Chortle of Tooneytown) "Chit Chat" was the dam of 5 champions. She arrived in Australia in whelp to Riverhill Rolling Home, two from the resulting litter of five sable puppies went on to gain their titles, they were Ch Nigma Rolled Gold (IID) sire of 6 champions and Ch Nigma Shenandoah (IID) dam of 8 Champions.
Ch Yewdale Golden Gypsy (Imp UK) Sable – DOB 18/11/1979 (Myriehewe Spanish Crown x Yewdale Golden Mist) dam of 8 Champions including Ch Nigma Nobel sire of 23 champions and Ch Nigma Nostalgia dam of 6 champions.
Descendants from all the above imports are still breeding on to this day.
The recent United States and Canadian imports are now making their mark on the Australian sheltie scene, these include Ch, Am Ch Kensil’s Dreams ‘N Schemes (Imp USA) Tri Colour - DOB 9/11/1995 (Am Ch Kensil’s Ice Skater x Am Ch Kensil’s Will O’The Wisp) sire of 10 Australian bred Champions; "Dreamer" was the first American Champion to gain the Australian Champions title.
Grand Ch, Can, Ch, Am Ch Enclave Jade Mist Tapestry (Imp USA) Sable - DOB 21/9/1994 (Am Ch Jade Mist Beyond Tradition x Tapestry Harvest Treasure) sire of 16 Champions, including 10 Australian bred, "Cameron" was the first American Champion to earn the Grand Champion title.
Grand Ch, Can Ch Grandgables Zulu Warrior (Imp Can) Tri Colour - DOB 24/4/2001 (Am & Can Ch Apple Acres Expedition x Grand Ch & Can Ch Grandgables Love In The Snow (Imp Can), "Impy" is the sire of 12 Champions, 10 of which are Australian bred. "Donna" his dam has produced seven Champions, 2 of which were bred in Australia.
Breed Standard Extension
English Shetland Sheepdog Club
The Australian National Kennel Council and the National Shetland Sheepdog Council (Australia) acknowledge and appreciate the kind permission of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club for the use of their Breed Standard – An Elaboration – in the preparation of this Breed Standard Extension.
My thanks go to the ANKC for allowing the use of this extension on the website
The History of the Shetland Sheepdog in UK
Malcolm Hart - (Hartmere)
The Australian National Kennel Council and the National Shetland Sheepdog Council (Australia) acknowledge and appreciate the article "The History of the Shetland Sheepdog in UK" written by Malcolm Hart (UK) Hartmere Shetland Sheepdogs.
The History of the Shetland Sheepdog in Australia
Mrs. J. Tolley on behalf of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of NSW.
The Australian National Kennel Council and the National Shetland Sheepdog Council (Australia) acknowledge and appreciate the article The History of the Shetland Sheepdog in Australia written by Mrs. J. Tolley on behalf of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of NSW.
The author would also like to thank the Shetland Sheedog breeders and owners around the world who kindly gave their permission to use the photos of dog pictured on the site!
Special thanks must go to Deirdre Crofts and Leslie Tanks
for their input and advice when putting this site together!