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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 2013 ASSA HANDBOOK is now being prepared for publication.  The 2013 edition will include valuable statistics, pedigrees, and owner names and addresses; as well as photos of Shelties that earned AKC Conformation, Obedience, Tracking, Herding, and Agility titles in 2013ALL PHOTOS WILL BE IN COLOR.  Feature your Sheltie in the Handbook and order your copy based on the information and prices detailed in the information flyer and Master Order and Photograph Submission Forms.  Contact Editor Barbara Light for deadlines and additional information.


Information Flyer             Master Order Form         Photo Submission Form


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

2015 ASSA National

April 18-25, 2015
Fredericksburg, VA
Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center

Futurity, Conformation, Junior Showmanship, Obedience & Rally
2015 ASSA Premium List – MB-F Superintendent
(active link when available)

Herding Test & Trial and Agility
2015 ASSA Performance Premium List

Breed: Tom Coen
Dogs: Gayle Eads
Bitches: Barbara Wright
Futurity: Robert Olsen


2016 ASSA National - West

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


2017 ASSA National - Central

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


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,



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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