Shetland Sheepdog

Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Herding dog
Height: 13-16 in.
Weight: 30 lbs
Life span: 10-15 yrs.
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes, with early socialization

The Shetland Sheepdog, “Sheltie”, is possibly related to the Collie although it is not a miniature collie as it was once referred to. It was bred to a small Sheland Isle dog and by 1700 the breed looked pretty much as it does today.

What does the Shetland Sheepdog look like?

The Sheltie is a sturdy little dog. Height is 13-16 inches tall and weight 30 lbs. The head is a long wedge tapering to a black nose. Eyes are almond-shaped, dark brown or blue with the merle coat. Ears are set high, semi-erect with folded tips. The tail reaches the hocks. The Sheltie’s outer coat is hard and long with an abundant mane. The undercoat is soft and dense and is weather resistant. Coat colors are fawn, black and white, blue merle (grey, white, black and tan) or tri-color (black, tan and white), sable and white. Its long coat should be groomed frequently.

What is the Shetland Sheepdog’s temperament?

The Sheltie is shy with strangers, very loyal to its family, It is good with children and other pets. The Sheltie can be stubborn and should be trained early with a gentle hand. It is very affectionate, lively and is considered one of the most intelligent dogs. The Sheltie can live comfortably in an apartment but needs daily walks and stimulating exercise.

What are the Shetland Sheepdog’s uses?

Despite its small size the Sheltie is a working dog. It has been used to herd cattle and sheep. It is also a good watchdog. It does well in obedience trials as it loves to please its owner. The Sheltie is an outstanding loyal companion dog.

Possible Health Issues

Genetic eye problems, congenital deafness, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, patent ductus arteriosis (congenital heart defect), von Willebrand’s Disease, skin allergies, Sheltie Skin Syndrome, epilepsy

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