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Shetland Sheepdogs

Shetland Sheepdog

Often referred to as the Sheltie, the Shetland Sheepdog is a breed of dog in the herding dog group. They originated in Scotland on the Shetland Islands where their job was to both herd and protect sheep. They are relatively small dogs and their appearance is similar to that of the Collie type dogs which explains why the Sheltie is sometimes nicknamed the Miniature Collie. It has a long, rough outercoat and a soft, thick undercoat. Today, the Sheltie is a very popular family pet and a regular contestant at dog agility trials.

Temperament

The Shetland Sheepdog is lively, playful and is full of energy. Highly intelligent and eager to please, this herding dog is easy to train and always happiest when it has a job to do or is out exercising. They are loving, loyal and affectionate with their owner and family but can be wary of strangers. They are also vocal  and alert, which makes them fantastic watchdogs. Shelties must be socialized with strangers and children from a young age so that they can bond well, especially with children, later in life. Excessive barking is a bad behaviour that can come about through neglect or boredom.

  • Height, Weight

    Height: Dogs 13-16 inches (33-41cm) Bitches 13-16 inches (33-41cm)

    Weight: Dogs 4-27 pounds (6-13kg) Bitches 4-27 pounds (6-13kg)

  • Health Problems

    Shetland Sheepdogs can be prone to hypothyroidism and displacement of the kneecap. They also gain weight very easily so should not be overfed. Diseases of the eyes can also affect this breed.

  • Living Conditions

    The Shetland Sheepdog will do okay in an apartment if they have been sufficiently exercised. They can be quite active while indoors and don't require a yard.

  • Exercise

    The Shetland Sheepdog will do okay in an apartment if they have been sufficiently exercised. They can be quite active while indoors and don't require a yard.

  • Life Expectancy

    About 12-15 years.

  • Litter Size

    4-6 on average.

  • Grooming

    Despite the length of the coat, it is quite easy to groom and maintain. Regular brushing and combing is necessary and should be done once or twice a week. This breed tends to shed quite heavily. Dry shampoo or bathe only when necessary.

  • Group

    Herding, AKC Herding

  • Recognition

    CKC, FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CCR, APRI, ACR, DRA