The homeland of the Sheltie breed is the Shetland Islands, located off the northern coast of Scotland. On them, such a small dog served only as a “steward” of the herd, and not as a guard. While herd times were small, the Shelties did an excellent job. As the herds began to grow in size, farmers began to use the larger shepherd dogs, which put this breed under threat of extinction. However, the breed was saved by amateurs who perceive it as decorative, indoor.