The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is often referred to as a miniature collie. Shelties are both sensitive and smart, but notably hard to train. Shelties do not make good outdoor dogs because they very strongly wish to be included in the families activities. Shelties are loyals and bond closely to their human pack. Shelties do best with daily exercise, however a walk or round of fetch is usually enough for one day. Shelties are fun, loyal herding breed of dog.
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Top 10 Facts:
1. The Shetland Sheepdog originated on the Shetland Islands of Scotland in the 1800’s.
2. The Sheltie is a small breed, and should only weigh between 11-22 pounds. They look like a miniature version of a collie.
3. The Sheltie’s characteristic flowy coat comes in three different colors: sable, tri-color, and bi-black.
4. The Shetland Sheepdog’s coat requires diligent brushing. Their undercoats shed twice a year during the spring and fall and constant brushing is needed to avoid tangles and matting.
5. Shelties have a herding instinct and can be quite vocal when excited or nervous.
6. Shetland Sheepdogs are classified as a working breed.
7. Because of their propensity to bark, Shelties make good watch dogs. They are not good apartment dogs for this exact same reason.
8. The Shetland Sheepdog has an average lifespan of 12-14 years and age quite gracefully.
9. Shelties are known to be very timid with new people and gentle introductions to strangers are required.
10. They are also known to be good with kids, though Shelties may occasionally nip at heels to try and herd the children- they are herders by nature.