One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Shetland pony or sheepdog.
- ‘She had shelties for 20 years before getting her first Border Collie in 1985.’
- ‘It was shaped like a sheltie, holding a bone receiver in its mouth.’
- ‘It was 10 months ago today when my sweet Princess, a 14 year old sheltie, went to be with God.’
- ‘As if to illustrate his point, one sheltie limped up and nosed Claire, then plopped down beside her.’
- ‘It is the result of breeding two merles together; it occurs in any breed (collie, sheltie, Aussie) in which merles are present.’
- ‘Indeed, it was named after a sheltie whose owner had stipulated that upon her death her dog was to be euthanized.’
- ‘One is a border collie German Shepard and the other one is a sheltie.’
- ‘The sheltie pattern specifies that shelties may be no smaller than 10 and no greater than 13 inches at the withers.’
Early 17th century: probably representing an Orkney pronunciation of Old Norse Hjalti ‘Shetlander’.
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