Shetland Sheepdog Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Sheltie
  • Size:Small/Medium
  • Ease of Training:High
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:High
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Medium/ High
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentler children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:20 lbs
  • Height:13-16 inches
  • Coat Colour:Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan

Shetland Sheepdog Coat

The Shetland Sheepdog, better known as the Sheltie has a long double coat, sporting a frill around the neck area. The coat of the Sheltie needs extensive grooming on a regular basis.

Shetland Sheepdog Character

A sweet disposition, this loveable breed does have a very strong herding instinct often nipping at ankles and chasing cars. This is a home breed and should not be kept in a kennel like environment. The Shetland Sheepdog is very affectionate and lovely, yet can be protective of his owner and/or territory. This dog loves being an in-home companion and would gladly lie down on the couch next to his family.

Shetland Sheepdog Temperament

High energy, active, very trainable, this breed has a well-rounded and even temperament giving him the idealistics for a household pet. The Shetland Sheepdog does well with children, but children should be properly trained to handle a dog of any breed. Used as a watch dog, this gentle breed will not attack without being repeatedly provoked so does not do well for guarding. Great for herding, this dog is still commonly used for herding purposes in a country environment and does exceptionally well.

Shetland Sheepdog Care

Regular brushing is necessary to keep the coat smooth and free of tangles. The long coat of the Sheltie does tend to trap dirt so supervision is necessary unless regular bathing is not a problem. Heavily shedding during certain seasons, the hair can become a mess so grooming is particularly important during this stage.

Shetland Sheepdog Activity

This high-energy breed should have regular exercise. Most prefer to allow their Shelties to run free but must be in a fenced in yard, as this breed loves to chase things and will surely bolt if given the opportunity and visual stimulation. An average sized yard would be ideal for this small yet lively breed.

Shetland Sheepdog Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Shetland Sheepdog is around 12-14 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes epilepsy, vWD, thyroid problems, luxating patella, PRA, HD, eye problems, seizures, and heart problems. The parents of the Shetland Sheepdog puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.