In 1963, nine people started the 500 Shetland Sheepdog Club which in the mid 1970s became the Central Indiana Shetland Sheepdog Club. The name was changed at the urging of the AKC to be more regional in nature.

The first Puppy Match was held in 1965 with 35 entries. The first sanctioned B/OB Match was held on September 20,1975. Joe Molloy judged breed and litter classes. Ann Laskey judged Jr. Showmanship classes. Mary Sciara and Carl Clark judged Obedience classes.

The first sanctioned A/OA Match was held August 14, 1977. Charlotte Tull judged breed, Jeannie McClure (a club member for many years) judged Jr. Showmanship, and Rich Strong judged obedience.

Our first AKC licensed show was held March 24, 1979, as part of the Associated Specialty Clubs show the day before the Hoosier Kennel Club. Shirley Valo judged breed and Jr. Showmanship, Max McCammon judged Obedience, and Charlotte Tull judged Sweepstakes. There were a total of 156 regular class entries, 11 second entries and 58 sweepstakes entries.

The Central Indiana Shetland Sheepdog Club has hosted two American Shetland Sheepdog Association National SpecialtyShows, the first in 1985 at the Adams Mark Hotel at the airport and the second in 1991 at the Indiana Convention Center.


To encourage and promote the breeding of purebred Shetland Sheepdogs and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection.

To be a permanent regional organization for people in central Indiana interested in the breed.

To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as provided by the AKC as the only standard of excellence by which Shelties shall be judged.

To support the American Shetland Sheepdog Association in its efforts to improve the breed.

To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at all shows, trials and events.