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Some Points of Interest . . .

The 1st GB Show Champion was a Tricolour dog, Ch. Clifford Pat who gained his title in 1915 at Richomond Show.  He was owned by Misses E. Dawson & J. Willinson, bred by W. Barnard in 1914.
The 1st Sable GB Show Champion was Ch. Walesby Select who gained his title in 1921 at Crufts.  He was owned by Miss B. Thynne, bred by Mr Harvard Phillips in 1919.
The 1st Blue Merle GB Show Champion was Ch. Downfield Blu Mist who gained his title in 1927
To the best of my knowledge, there has never been a Black & White or Black & Tan Show Champion in Shetland Sheepdogs.
The 1st Wheaten Sable to gain Championship status was Ch. Foss in 1923.  She was bred by Mr H Hall in 1919 & owned by Mr G Hoggan.
The 1st English & Irish Show Champion was Ch. Irelands Eye Trefoil of Arolla, owned by Miss Finch & Bred by Mrs Hingley.  He became an Irish Champion first, and was awarded his English Title in 1957 at Ayr Show.
1st Sheltie to win Best in Show All Breeds at a General Championship Show (Belfast, 1978) was Ch.Sandpiper of Sharval (Sandy), owned by Albert Wight.  I believe the 2nd Sheltie to do this was Herds the Helmsman at the Scottish Native Breeds Ch. Show in 1992.
Myriehewe Rosa Blue became Winner of the Working Group at Crufts 1995.  Rosa was definitely a record breaking Sheltie in more ways than one & she went on to compete in the Working Group ring for a second consecutive year in 1996.
Blue Hopes and Dreams of SilverShadow became the first Sheltie (owned and bred overseas) to win a UK Title  She came to Britain shortly before CRUFTs 2004 & was shortlisted in the group.  Three shows later (including two BIS), she acheived her UK Ch.   Owned & Bred by Ursula Langer in Germany she is by an Italian dog with two British bred gandparents.

 

There was No Richmond Show in 1967 due to Foot & Mouth
Both Crufts and the Irish Kennel Club's St. Patricks Day Show were postponed in 2001 due to Foot & Mouth.

 

In the early days of obedience competitions for Challenge Certificates, there were only four Shelties working in Class C - and all four went on to become Obedience Champions.
The first ever Championship Agility Show was held by the SKC on 20th May 2001, where the mini Agility CC winner was Torriglen Taking Steps Louise Saunder's Shetland Sheepdog

 

In 1914, the Kennel Club gave Shelties a separate Classification & ESSC formed.
In 1915, the 1st C.C. was awarded at Birmingham Show to Mrs Husband's Frea.
In 1945 the The English Shetland Sheepdog Club held their first Open Show.  Best in Show was Nuthatch of Larchwood
Nuthatch of Larewood became the 1st Post War Champion.
1948 saw the production of the 1st The English Shetland Sheepdog Club Handbook. Margaret Osbourne produced the original charts and Felicity Rodgers carried on the work.  A rough handbook was produced in 1933 & 1935, but had no charts associated.
The first ESSC Nutshell was a six page edition in 1954.   Edition 5 was devoted solely to CRUFTS with the newsletter going from strength to strength.
In 1952, The The English Shetland Sheepdog Club Show gained Championship status after the war.
The Shetland Sheepdog Club of Northern Ireland held it's inaugural meeting in 1970
The English Shetland Sheepdog Club held their 75th anniversary celebrations in October 1989.
The inaugural meeting for the Yorkshire Shetland Sheepdog Club South Yorkshire starts the newest section - held on 21st May 2002.

 

    Standards.
1908 Shetland Sheepdog Club Type shall be similar to minature Rough Collie.

Height shall not exceed 15" = 12"-15"

1909 Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club Minature Collie.  Height=12" & weight 10-14 lb. 

Rough & Smooth Collie varieties.

1914 Scottish Shetland Sheepdog Club Modern Show Collie in minature

Height = 12" at 10 months (i.e. maturity)

1914 English Shetland Sheepdog Club Show Collie in Minature

Height = 12". 

1923   Height from 12-15 ".  Ideal height is 13.5"
1965 Joint Standard agreed on & passed by the Kennel Club (GB). Ideal height at withers is 14" for a bitch & 14.5" for a dog.
2000 Kennel Club Standards went metric Ideal height at withers is 37 cm (14.5") for a dog & 35.5 cm (14") for a bitch.  More than 2.5 cm (1") above opr below these heights is highly undesirable.

If anyone has other interesting trivia about Shelties - UK or Abroad, I'd love to hear about it and would be glad to add further information to this site.

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