This dog is very obedient and willing to please. It is devoted, gentle, and playful and great with children. It may be timid and barks a lot.
These dogs were derived from Collie breeds on the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Because of the smaller livestock, it required a proportionately smaller dog to herd them which is where the Shetland Sheepdog put its abilities to work. Shelties, as they are more commonly known, are quick learners, willing to please, and obedient. They can also be somewhat timid and sensitive. They are good with a family but are most devoted to one master. They make great pets for those who are active and sporty. Shelties need regular exercise such as a daily walk or play session. They also benefit from a good training session. Their thick coat needs to be brushed almost daily.
Breed Details & Traits
Weight: about 20 lb
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Herding group, Intelligent, Sensitive,
Common Health Concerns for Shetland Sheepdog:
- CEA-Collie Eye Anomaly
- Hip Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- PRA-Progressive Retinal Atrophy
Less Common Concerns for Shetland Sheepdog:Return to Trupanion Pet Health Guide
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