Fox Point Farm offers miniature and toy sheltie puppies for sale, as an official breeder family that takes extra care to breed for health and personality. As of 2015, they are working with other breeders to try to get toy shelties recognized as an official breed by the AKC.
According to FoxPointFarm.com, miniature shelties are roughly the size of the original Shetland sheepdogs bred at the Shetland Isles. These fluffy dogs are bred to be courageous and outgoing, emphasizing a diverse ability to be a family, farm or house dog that can be brought along during travels with ease.
Some sources have a conflicting view of this breed. SheltieNation.com lists an article that warns against breeders that use the term "miniature sheltie" as a sign of an inexperienced or unethical breeder. The article describes the practice of raising miniature shelties as profit-driven and risky for the dogs. The website goes on to direct readers to use officially recognized breeders, citing the exorbitant prices that some unethical breeders list for dogs that have a range of health problems.
Thorough research into a specific breeder is recommended before purchase. Miniature shelties are not an officially recognized breed by the American Kennel Club, so the term should be treated with caution.