Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog) Breed
Dog Group: Herding Group
The Sheltie or Shetland Sheepdog
is a handsome and graceful dog,
with a long, wedge-type head and masses of mane-like hair.
The Shetland Sheepdog resembles a Collie in many ways.
The coat is long and rough, with a soft, wooly undercoat for protection.
The color of the Shetland Sheepdog can be
sable and white, tricolor (black, tan and white),
bicolor (black and white or black and tan) and blue merle.
The hair is particularly heavy around the neck, giving the dog the
appearance of wearing a ruffle. The Shetland Sheepdog has a
luxurious long, feathered tail and flexible, soft ears.
This breed has a very intelligent and inquisitive expression,
added to by the dark, slightly slanted eyes.
Strong, swift and nimble, these dogs are energetic
and have lots of character.
The Shetland Sheepdog has a very gentle
and affectionate temperament,
making him the ideal companion. This breed is eager, intelligent
and loving, although they are very wary of strangers.
The Shetland Sheepdog can get on well with other animals a
and children providing he is properly socialized as a youngster.
They are very obedient dogs, and should be a pleasure to train.
Height and Weight
based on the British FCI standard
Height: Dogs 37 cm (14.½ ins) at withers
Bitches 35.5 cm (14 ins) at withers
There is a considerable difference between
the American and the English type
The Shetland Sheepdog can adapt to apartment living
and does not necessarily need a garden. However, this is an
energetic breed and will always welcome a yard
or garden of possible, or if not will need regular exercise.
The Shetland Sheepdog loves to run,
and you should let him run free
when in a safe area,
such as a fenced of garden or field.
However, do not let him off the leash while walking
as this breed loves to chase things – including cars –
and this could result in fatal consequences.
A healthy Shetland Sheepdog can expect to live
for around 12-15 years,
dependant upon lifestyle, diet and general health.
The coat of the Shetland Sheepdog can get matted,
and therefore regular brushing is required. You can lightly
the coat with water before you brush to make it
to remove knots and keep the coat in good
You can bathe occasionally if required.
The Shetland Sheepdog were bred on the Shetland Islands.