How Did Miniature Collies Come To Be?
As its name implies and you may think that a Miniature Collie is a smaller version of the purebred Collie or Rough Collie, this, however, is not the case.
Miniature Collies are a separate breed from the north of the United Kingdom, Scotland’s Shetland Islands, hence their name, Shetland Sheepdog. They also go by another fun nickname – the Toonie Dog, where “Toon” refers to a farm in Shetland language.
There are a great number of theories about what dogs are responsible for the Mini Collie. While some people say they are Border Collies and crossed with smaller purebreds, others believe they come from the Pomeranian and other Nordic dog breeds.
These dogs were mainly used to herd sheep, poultry, and ponies in harsh climates and rugged terrains. They originated from a region where the climate was often cold and harsh, the food was scarce, which might explain their diminutive size.
In 1909, the Miniature Collie was first recognized as the Shetland Collie by The Kennel Club in England. Two years later, in 1911, the American Kennel Club registered its first Mini Collie but under the “Shetland Sheepdog” name.
Miniature Collies come with straight, long outer coats with dense undercoats that can either be blue merle, sable colored or black with some white markings.
This miniature breed also features small, and three-quarters erect ears as well as a wedge-shaped head.