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The Shetland Sheepdog, like the Collie, traces to the Border Collie of Scotland, which, transported to the Shetland Islands and crossed with small intelligent, longhaired breeds, was reduced to miniature proportions. Subsequently crosses were made from time to time with Collies. This breed now bears the same relationship in size and general appearance to the Rough Collie as the Shetland Pony does to some of the larger breeds of horses. Although the resemblance between the Shetland Sheepdog and the rough Collie is marked, there are differences. The Shetland Sheepdog should resemble a Colle in miniature. The colors are Sable (ranging from a light golden brown, to a dark mahogany), Black, or Blue Merle, varying amounts of white and/or tan. The expression should be alert, gentle, intelligent, and questioning. the Sheltie is intensely loyal, affectionate, and responsive to its owner, however, it may be reserved toward strangers.