Shetland Sheepdog Dog Breed Information


Shetland Sheepdog Quick Facts
Shetland Sheepdog
Breed Group: Herding Group
Origen: Scotland
Nickname: Miniature Collie, Sheltie
Weight: 20 lbs
Height: 13-16 inches
Color(s): Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan.


Shetland Sheepdog Appearance

The Shetland Sheepdog is a small dog, with a gentle and questioning expression. He is essentially a working Collie in miniature. Their body is slightly longer than tall. The Eyes are medium size with dark, almond-shaped rims. The ears are small with the tips folding forward. The long tail is feathered, carried straight down, or at a slight upward curve.

The Shetland Sheepdog have a double coat. The undercoat is thick and the outer coat is long, wiry and harsh to the touch. The most common colors are black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan. The weight of the Shetland Sheepdog is around 20 pounds and the height is around 13-16 inches.

Shetland Sheepdog Temperament

The Shetland Sheepdog is extremely bright, sensitive, willing to please and very devoted to its family. The Shetland Sheepdog is one of the smartest breeds. They are excellent with children, reserved toward strangers and get along well with other dogs, cats and small animals.

They are one of the most successful obedience breeds, but also excel in agility, herding and conformation. The herding instinct is still very strong in many of them. They love to chase things and can be inclined to bark. They were used in the Shetland Islands for herding and protecting sheep

Is Shetland Sheepdog the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Sheltie will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Although they are willingly adapt to any circumstances; the Shetland Sheepdog needs to have a daily mental and physical activity. These bright dogs cannot just sit in the backyard and do nothing. To be happy and well-behaved, they require mental stimulation such as advanced obedience, agility, herding, or challenging games.

The Shetland Sheepdog can live outside in temperate climate but he needs to spend some time inside with its family since they are very well attached and could become unhappy when left for long periods of time without companionship.

Shetland Sheepdog Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Shetland Sheepdog is around 12-14 years.

Shetland Sheepdog Health problems

The Shetland Sheepdog is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are Dermatomyositis. They can also be prone to CHD (Canine hip dysplasia), hypothyroidism, trichiasis, hemophilia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), allergies, cataracts and patellar luxation.

Shetland Sheepdog Care and Grooming

The Shetland Sheepdog double coat is dense and requires regular maintenance. You can brush his coat every other day to remove dead hair and to keep it in good condition. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Shetland Sheepdog Shedding

The Shetland Sheepdog is a heavy shedder; you'll find hair stuck to your couch, carpets, clothes and everything else in your home, therefore is not best suited for those with allergies.