The Shetland Sheepdog is loving, affectionate, loyal and ready to please. This breed is great with kids and they make great companions. They are highly intelligent and make great watchdogs!
This breed has a double coat. The top coat is long, straight hair which is considered water repellant which keeps the dog safe from harsh weather conditions. The under coat is short & thick which helps to keep their body temperature up in harsh conditions.
This breed comes in a variety of colors. Some of those colors are Sable, Tri-Color, Blue, Merle & Black & Tan.
Although the Sheltie coat is on the long side, it needs little maintenance. Brushing their coats every week or two and bathing when necessary is sufficient. Trimming their hair to keep it off of the ground is best for this breed. If this breed is in a warmer climate, their need for more brushing increases to prevent matting.
The Shetland Sheepdog life expectancy is between 12 - 15 years. This breed is a relatively healthy breed. Some health concerns to look for are:
• PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy)
• Hip Dysplasia
• Von Willebrands Disease
The Shetland Sheepdog breed originated on the Shetland Islands just off of the coast of Scotland. This breed was used to herd sheep flocks in the Shetlands. They are still used today to work/herd animals on farms.
The Sheltie was first registered by the AKC in 1911 and was grouped as Herding.