Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

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.

Breed Overview

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 Characteristics

Grooming requirements:
1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming
Energy level:
1 = low energy - 5 = high energy
Friendliness toward strangers:
1 = shy - 5 = very friendly
Ease of training:
1 = difficult - 5 = easy
Affection toward owners:
1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Breed Details & Traits

Height: 13-16"
Weight: about 20 lb
Lifespan: 12-14 years

Breed Traits

Herding group, Intelligent, Sensitive,

Similar Breeds

Border Collie

Shetland Sheepdog

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