Dog Profiles - Description of Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

Description: The Shetland Sheepdog bears resemblance to the Rough Collie. Strong, nimble and lightly built the Sheltie is a fast runner and can jump well. Shetland Sheepdog puppies are beguiling and exhibit a desire to please from a very young age. Intuitive and responsive to his owner's wishes, he makes a charming family pet. Take care that he is not startled, teased, or left alone as he can be barky when excited or lonely.

Height: 13-16 inches

Weight: 14-16 lbs.

Colors: Sable, tricolor, blue merle, black and white and black and tan.

Coat: Outer coat of long, straight, harsh-textured hair; soft, short-haired close undercoat.

Temperament: Active, intelligent, loyal, affectionate. Good with children as long as they are not too rowdy. Gets along well with other dogs, cats and small animals. Good sheepdog or family pet.

Care and Exercise: Regular brushing is important. Mist the coat lightly with water before you begin and tease out matts. Check behind the ears, hindquarters and beneath the shoulders for tangles. Use a comb sparingly. Shedding is twice a year. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. Needs plenty of active exercise.

Training: The Sheltie is not difficult to train but he will enjoy time spent in obedience or agility classes. Learning Rate: Very High, Obedience: Very High, Problem Solving: Very High.

Activity: Indoors - High, Outdoors - Very High.

Living Environment: He will adapt to small living quarters if given sufficient daily exercise making him good in a suburban home or an apartment. An owner of a Sheltie must be able to give him a considerable amount of grooming.

Health Issues: Generally healthy, may suffer from cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.

Life Span: 12-14 Years

Litter Size: 4-6

Country of Origin: Great Britain

History: Claiming ancestry from the Collies of Scotland the Shetland Sheepdog arrived from the Shetland Islands to mainland England before World War I. The Sheltie has been bred true in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland for more than 135 years.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 1), KC(GB), UKC