Essential Things To Know About The Shetland Sheepdog

  • 25/03/2013

The Shetland Sheepdog (often called the "Sheltie") is a herding dog. They have a coat that comes in many colors and an appearance that resembles the Rough Collie. The breed first appeared in the 1700s and herding smaller livestock is the purpose they were first bred for. Today they are a common choice as a competitor in agility or a family companion. They can be recognized by their high intelligence and Collie-like appearance. Their breeding lineage includes the Rough Collie and Pomeranian and they are assumed to have originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland.

They are classified as a small to medium sized breed. The suggested male and female guidelines are 13-16 inches tall and a weight of 14-27 pounds. They're recognized for their loyal, affectionate and obedient manner. They can be mostly unsuitable as a protection dog, as they are generally reserved (though can bark a lot) with strangers. They're proven to be extremely smart, and scores 6th compared to every other breed when learning new commands.

They are highly suitable as a family pet, as they are excellent towards kids. Other animals like other dogs and small animals do combine well with them. Looking after their coat is a fairly simple job. They need full grooming every 6 to 8 weeks, and regular brushing of their coat once every second day. They like to have a small yard (but unlike most herding breeds doesn't need one) to run around in, but can be suitable for life in an apartment.

As is the case with a good number of small to medium sized dog breeds, they're for the most part longer-lived with an expected life of 12-14 years. Their most severe health risk is Collie Eye Anomaly, and they can also be vulnerable to hip dysplasia, PRA and hypothyroidism. Activities such as agility, herding, flyball and running will give them enjoyment. To reduce the risk of bad behavior, they require moderate walks each day as a result of their medium to high level of energy.

If you bring home the Shetland Sheepdog you ought to be able to give them plenty of mental challenges and companionship. They are not an ideal option for people with less time to look after a dog, but perfect for families or active owners who have time to spend with a dog. Perhaps the biggest reason people find this dog particularly attractive is it has the intelligence and character of a herding breed but isn't too fussy about where it lives.

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