ALL ABOUT™ SHETLAND SHEEPDOGS
Shetland Sheepdog Puppy & Breed Information
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The Shetland Sheepdog: England recognized the Shetland Sheepdog as a small working collie in 1909. The Sheltie is an active little dog that stands-out in Obedience and family life. He is vocal but intelligent enough to know when to be silent. Natural conformation affords good health but eye problems can occur.
Sheltie Coat, Color, Care: The breed has a luxurious double coat, with a “mane” surrounding a naturally smooth face. Draped in black, blue merle, or golden to red-sable with white markings, Sheltie owners find the grooming well worth the stunning result.
Shetland Sheepdog Personality: The Shetland Sheepdog is good with children, small animals, and other dogs. Keenly alert for anything that might threaten his “flock”, the Sheltie is outgoing, loves people, and having a job to do. He’s as mentally quick as he is physically adept.
Exercise Requirements: Shelties prefer snow to summer heat but were bred to work all day and need strenuous, regular exercise. A fenced yard will do but the Shetland Sheepdog will never turn down a good run with the kids or a romp in the fields. He will then curl up at the hearth and not develop nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Eye disease or malformation, low thyroid which may be partially responsible for skin problems (as is failure to groom regularly) and some tendency toward slipping patella (kneecap) or ligament injury due to accident.
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