Shelties have a double coat consisting of long rough guard hairs covering a dense fluffy undercoat and a lion like mane. Several coat colors exist: sable, blue merle and black with various amounts of white and/or tan. The best known color is the sable, which is dominant over other colors.
The Shetland Sheepdog is an outstanding companion dog with a wonderful temperament. It is lively, intelligent, trainable, and willing to please and obey. Shelties are loving, loyal, and affectionate. Although they are excellent family pets, Shelties do especially well with children if they are raised with them from an early age.
The herding instinct is still strong in many Shelties. They love to chase things, including cars. They do best with a sensitive, yet firm, owner. The Sheltie is, above all, an extremely intelligent and willing herder and likes to be kept busy.