Height: 13 to 16 inches at shoulder
Weight: about 20 pounds
Coat: long and dense
Life span: 12 to 15 years
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Shetland Sheepdogs stood guard for farmers in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland, keeping hungry birds and sheep out of the farmer's garden, and they served as herding dogs as well. Today they're excellent family companions and superstars in dog sports.