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Welcome to the web site of the American Shetland Sheepdog Association

Founded in 1929
The Parent Club of the Breed

American Kennel Club

Use this site to find out about our organization, its activities, and as a starting point to educate yourself about the Shetland Sheepdog. If you are here to find a companion for your family, please read Looking for a Sheltie to find out if the Sheltie is right for you.

The ASSA Board would like to encourage all dog fanciers to be come involved in their state's legislation matters concerning animals. To this purpose there is a Legislation site here that you can use.The main link is on the left under "How You Can Help" Legislation.


The 2014 ASSA HANDBOOK project is accepting book orders and photograph submissions. The 2014 edition will include valuable ASSA history, breed statistics, and photos and pedigrees of Shelties that earned AKC Conformation, Obedience, Tracking, Herding, and Agility titles in 20o14. 2014 National Specialty winners and dogs that earned 2014 Achievement Awards will be featured in the Handbook. Download the following documents for details and forms.

Invitation Letter Information Flyer Master Order Form Photo Submission Form

Contact Handbook Editor Lynda Bernier for information.



Own a part of Sheltie history

For a complete list of available Handbook years "books and media"
Kids coloring book is now available FREE click coloring book to download
ASSA Pictorial Standard is also available to the public contact: Nancy Runyon


A Guide to Sponsoring Health Clinics by the ASSA Health Committee
Click HERE for your FREE COPY

2016 ASSA National

April 16-23, 2016
Reno, Nevada
John Ascuaga's Nugget


2017 ASSA National - Central
Pending AKC Approval

April 14-22, 2017
Gray Summit, MO
Purina Farms


New Report on Gallbladder Mucoceles (11/15)


Participation needed for the following active studies

 (see the Health Section for details)


Urinary bladder cancer, Dermatomyositis, Epilepsy, Abnormal upper 3rd incisor teeth,

Lance canine teeth, Patent Ductus Arteriosus,

Cancer (multiple types), Kidney Disease, and Gallbladder mucoceles



Prepaid Shipping Labels - Sheltie DNA Studies at U. of Mo.

The ASSA Foundation Board of Directors donated $500 to the Animal Molecular Genetics Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, headed by Dr. Gary Johnson.  The funds will be used to pay for shipping of blood samples for health research involving Shelties.  The main studies to be covered by this arrangement include: lance canine teeth, abnormal upper 3rd incisor teeth, corneal dystrophy, and epilepsy.  Diseases for which DNA tests are already commercially available at their laboratory will not receive funding for free sample shipping.  Information about the dental and epilepsy studies, including submission forms, is posted under Health Issues on this web site.


ASSA webmaster

This ASSA web site may include the names and addresses of, or links to web sites belonging to, breeders and others who may provide products or services, some or all of whom may be ASSA members. Such listings, links or other references are not intended to be comprehensive, and are provided only as a service. They do not represent a recommendation by the ASSA of the breeder or his or her animals, or of the reliability, efficacy or quality of any product or service. The ASSA makes no representation or warranty (and specifically disclaims any representation or warranty) as to the listed breeders and others, including, without limitation, their background, experience or ability, financial condition, business practices, integrity, complaint history, or otherwise, or with respect to the availability for sale, merchantability or fitness for purpose, pedigree or other qualification for AKC registration, health, temperament or quality of any animal, or with respect to the availability, merchantability or fitness for purpose of any product or service. These listings may be updated from time to time in the discretion of the ASSA, but the ASSA disclaims any obligation to do so, irrespective of any information which may come into its

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