Thinking about purchasing an Shetland Sheepdog? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Shetland Sheepdog breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Shetland Sheepdog owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Shetland Sheepdog and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Shetland Sheepdog Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Shetland Sheepdog and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Shetland Sheepdog Profile
The Shetland Sheepdog bears resemblance to the Rough Collie. Strong, nimble and lightly built the Sheltie is a fast runner and can jump well. They are often called miniature collies, but are a distinctly separate breed. They do contain Collie blood in their lineage, however. Shelties are small to medium sized dogs, but can occasionally get a bigger pup in the litter. They have a thick, profuse coat that requires attention and grooming. Shetland Sheepdogs can be a variety of colors and shades, ranging from a mixture of colors of black, blue merle, sable, sable merle, or mostly white, with or without tan or white markings. Shetland Sheepdog puppies are beguiling and exhibit a desire to please from a very young age. Intuitive and responsive to their owners' wishes, they make charming family pets. Take care that they are not startled, teased, or left alone as Shetland Sheepdogs can be barky when excited or lonely. Shetland Sheepdogs are very intelligent dogs, and can learn fairly quickly. They are very friendly, affectionate and loyal to their family and friends. They can be wary with strangers, but are not good guard dogs. They are excellent watch dogs, however, as they like to bark. Shetland Sheepdogs are very responsive and very obedient, and make exceptional pets for the family.
Other Names: Sheltie
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 13 - 16
sable merle, tricolor, blue merle, black and white and black and tan, or mostly
white, with or without tan or white markings.
Sheepdogs are active, intelligent, loyal, and affectionate. They are obedient,
get along well with children and other pets, and are quite charming. They are
hard working in the field, and love a job to do. They are wary with strangers,
but are relatively friendly. They are very alert and watchful, as well as responsive.
They like to bark. They are docile, rather healthy, and a fun breed.
Shetland Sheepdog Care and Exercise:
Regular brushing is important to the Shetland Sheepdog. Mist
the coat lightly with water before you begin and tease out mats. Check behind
the ears, hindquarters and beneath the shoulders for tangles. Use a comb sparingly.
Shelties shed twice a year. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. The Sheltie
needs plenty of active exercise. This can be done through training, play, or
Activity: Indoors - High.
Outdoors - Very High.
Shetland Sheepdog Health Issues: Generally healthy, the Shetland Sheepdog may suffer from cataracts, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), epilepsy, hip dysplasia, Sheltie skin syndrome, thyroid problems, and von Willebrand's disease.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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