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or 'Shelties' as they are often called, resemble a Collie in
miniature, though Shelties are not miniature' or 'toy' Collies.
The Sheltie is a distinct, separate breed, and was not bred down
from the full-size Collie. The breed originated on the Shetland
Islands, off the northeast coast of Scotland. It's diminutive
size, hardy nature, and willingness to obey were attributes highly
regarded by the island's crofters. Over the years, the breed
was developed as an all-purpose farm dog, guard dog and affectionate
and loyal companion.