Welcome to the The English Shetland
Sheepdog Club website.
Founded in 1914, the ESSC remains the largest and most influential Club to represent
the Breed in the United Kingdom. The Club celebrated its centenary in
On this website you will find all the
information you need about the Club and its activities. We hope you will
enjoy your visit.
With regret, the committee have decided to
discontinue awarding annual points trophies because of lack of interest
from the membership. Some trophies will be repurposed for the summer
There are still a few 2024 Club Calendars available
at reduced price. Contact Sandra Pierce for more details.
The Club is delighted to announce the
inaugural winner the Jenny Martin Memorial Trophy as Melissa Graham-Weal. This trophy
was presented at
the Club’s AGM to the top winning Junior Handler from points
gained at Junior handling classes at our two open shows and one
championship show, starting at our championship show in October each
Points are be awarded as follows: 5 points for a 1st place, 4 points
for a 2nd place, 3 points for a 3rd place, 2 points for a 4th place and
1 point for a 5th place. 1 extra point will be awarded to the best
Junior Handler on the day.
Junior handlers must be members of the ESSC and do not need to be registered with the JHA at the Kennel
Club to take part, but all dogs handled must be entered and exhibited at
The ESSC is pleased to announce that it is
offering discounts on PRA testing to its members through the Canine
Genetic Testing (CAGT) at University of Cambridge. Click
here for details.
limited numbers of the 2020 Handbook available for sale. Click
here for details.
The ESSC Welfare and Rescue would
recommend the use of our Emergency
Contact Form, especially with the current situation. Please carry
one on your person and have an accessible copy at home where it can be
easily found. Welfare and Rescue are happy to be included as an
emergency contact – Sheila Riding co-ordinator Tel: 01233 51367. It is
recommended that you include at least two contacts and please feel free
to modify the form to suit your particular needs.
In order to comply with the General
Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) May 2018, the Club has published its
Members who have not completed and returned the form to confirm their
acceptance to receive Club mailings, should do so as soon as possible.
If you have mislaid your form you can request one from the Secretary, or
download one here.
The NEW Shetland Sheepdog Breed
Standard DVD is now available for sale and can be purchased on-line