The Shetland dog nick name Sheltie is a Famous Sheep dog breed, is an extremely intelligent, quick, and obedient herder from Scotland’s remote and rugged Shetland Islands. His Bright eyed and bushy tailed, with a face that always seems to be smiling, the Shetland Sheepdog, has long been a family favorite pet. Not a Miniature Collie but his own distinctive breed, the Sheltie is loyal, funny, and smart.
He is also a barker.Their gait is smooth, effortless, and ground covering, imparting good agility, speed, and endurance essential in a herding dog.
- Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years
- Origin: Scotland
- Temperament: Playful, Energetic, Bright
- Height: Male: 13–16 Inches, Female: 12–16 Inches
- Weight: Male: 15–25 pounds, Female:12–25 pounds
- Colors: sable, mahogany sable, shaded sable, tri-colored, bi-black, bi-blue, blue merle, bi-blue merle, sable merle, color headed white, double merle
- Group: Herding Group
|Coat:||Long double coat|
|Litter size||average 4 to 6 pups maybe larger|
|Life span||12-14 years|
Shetlie dog breed stood guard for farmers in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland, keeping hungry birds and sheep out of the farmer’s garden. They served as herding dogs as well. Sheltie pet is a small, agile dog, longer than they are tall. Shelties pet bear a strong family resemblance to their bigger cousin, the Collie. Today they’re excellent family companions and superstars in dog breed sports.
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SHETLAND DOG TEMPERAMENT AND APPEARANCE
- The Shetlie Sheep dog is often extremely bright, extremely sensitive, and extremely willing to please.
- This combination makes for a dog that can be very amenable, quick to learn, and also devoted to their family.
- They are not only gentle, playful, amiable, and companionable, but also can usually get along well with children, although they may nip at heels in play.
- Sheltie can be reserved and also often timid toward strangers.
- They tend to bark a lot.
- The Sheltie is energetic, but their exercise needs can be met with a good walk, short jog, or active game and training session.
- However, Shetland dog thick coat needs brushing or combing every other day.
- Friendly toward Strangers.
SHETLAND DOG HEALTH AND CARE
- Life expectation is 12 to 14 years.
- Major concerns: dermatomyositis
- Minor concerns: CEA, PRA, trichiasis, cataract, CHD, hemophilia, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, patellar luxation, allergies
- Occasionally seen: PDA, deafness, epilepsy
- Suggested tests: eye, hip
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