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Some FAQs about Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

Shetland sheepdogs are known for their gentle, sweet, pleasing personality. They are also playful and affectionate, all traits that have made them a popular family pet. Breed experts often comment that Shelties like to please; coupled with their intelligence, it is no wonder they excel at obedience training.

Shelties can be reserved with strangers, although not aggressive. They’re very protective of their family and quick to bark to let you know someone’s coming, which makes them good watchdogs. Speaking of barking, this is a vocal dog that likes to bark … a lot.

Highly trainable and responsive, Shelties are some of the smartest dogs in the world. In fact, they’re the 6th most intelligent dog breed for obedience & working intelligence.

Most shelties generally like to cuddle, once they establish a bond and relationship with their owners. This is often done as a display of affection, but they may also do so for warmth, to protect you if they perceive a threat, or to relieve stress that they may be feeling.

Their intelligence and eagerness to please can make them easy to train. However, shelties can also be too smart for their own good and a little stubborn, so you might have to work a little harder to keep your own sheltie motivated and focused during his training.

The average Shetland sheepdog life span is 12 to 14 years. Make sure your pup gets regular vet care, quality food, and plenty of exercise.

Yes, Shelties are good with kids. They love the high energy and the attention that they are able to get from your children. As long as the child is taught how to be careful around the dog and does not be mean to them, the dog will quickly become your child’s best friend.

Since shelties are affectionate, smart, responsive, alert, gentle, and trainable dogs, they are well suited for first-time owners. But, they’re energetic and require a lot of attention. So, they aren’t suitable for busy people who have a strict schedule.

Shelties are extremely loyal to either one person or one family. (Mine are loyal to roast beef and the roast beef family! ) Shelties are sound sensitive and sound reactive. This is part of their herding heritage.

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Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

First bred in the rugged Shetland Islands, beyond the northern coast of mainland Scotland, this miniature collie is hardy and resilient. Bursting with energy but easily trained and affectionate, the Shetland Sheepdog adapts well to family life and is a loyal pet. Regular grooming sessions are necessary to maintain the beautiful coat

The Breed History 

This small rough collie-type dog is likely related to the collie (which in turn originated from the Border collie of Scotland), but though some sources report that shelties were collies selected for progressively smaller body stature, others claim the breed is distinct. The Sheltie, as the Shetland sheepdog is often called traces back to the Shetland Islands off of the coast of Scotland where small and hardy are the trademark of all species able to survive that harsh environment. The first AKC registration was in 1911. 

Breeding for Function 

These dogs were bred for sheep herding work in rough environments, and they are cherished for both their herding ability and their companionship. They excel in obedience trials due to their high intelligence, trainability, and willingness. Newer sports such as agility, tracking and performing tricks suit their talents as well. 

Physical Characteristics 

Height at Withers: 13-16” (33-40.5 cm) 

Weight: females 12-16 lb (5.5-7 kg), males 14-18 lb (6-8 kg). 

Coat: The double coat is thick and smooth, with a very full mane in males. Some feathering on limbs occurs, and coat volume thickens over the tail. Colors range from sable (golden brown to mahogany) marked with white or tan to black, and blue merle. Bi-black and bi-blue are accepted. Brindle or white-predominant coats are disqualified. 

Longevity: 12-15 years. 

Points of Conformation: The dog is compact, with a dolichocephalic skull, slight stop—overall forming a long blunt tapering profile. Eyes are oblique, almond-shaped and pigmented dark except in merle coated dogs, where blue or merle is permitted. The ears are small, and break about three quarters of the way up. Black nose pigmentation is standard. The neck is muscular, arched and of moderate length. The topline is level, and the chest is deep but narrows underneath, with moderate abdomen tuck. The tail when resting reaches the tarsus. Dewclaws may be removed. Compact arched toes in a small foot, and straight limbs contribute to a low, smooth gait and agility on rough ground. 

Recognized Behavior Issues and Traits 

Reported breed attributes include: Their alert intelligence means that they learn quickly, and they are also docile and quick to obey. They are loyal and very affectionate, love to please and need contact with their owners. An aloof attitude to strangers is expected, but timid or snappy behavior is unacceptable. They are alarm barkers, and noble defenders. Their training should start early, and socialization is important. As a minimum, they require a careful weekly grooming with prompt removal of any matting. They need daily exercise, and for mental stimulation, active playtime should be integrated.

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