Shetland Sheepdog

 

Origin:

The Shetland Sheepdog was registered in the United States in 1911, though they were first recognized in England in 1909. The Sheltie has become one of today’s most popular companion dogs due to their kind disposition, intelligence and willingness to work.

History

Although the resemblance between the Shetland Sheepdog and the Rough Collie is marked, there are noted differences. The Shetland Sheepdog or Sheltie is a small, alert, rough-coated, long-haired working dog. They are agile and sturdy.

Color

Black, blue merle, and sable (ranging from golden through mahogany); marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan.

  • Lifespan:

    12-14 years
  • Shedding:

    seasonal
  • Coat Length:

    long
  • Grooming:

    high
  • Size:

    m
  • Color:

Behavior

  • Temperament

    The Shetland Sheepdog is intensely loyal, affectionate, and responsive to his owner but can be weary of strangers.

  • Barking

    Barks if Necessary

  • Adaptability

    • Adaptability to apartment living

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    • Good for novice owners

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    • Tolerates being alone

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    • Tolerates cold weather

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    • Tolerates hot weather

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    • Family Friendly

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  • Exercise needs

    • Energy level

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    • Exercise needs

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    • Playfulness

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  • Trainability

    moderate

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