The English Shetland Sheepdog Club



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 2014.

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 championship show.

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 year.
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 show.

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.

We have 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 Privacy Policy which can be found here. 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 here





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