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Shetland Sheepdog

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Shetland Sheepdog Facts

  • Group
  • Herding
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 13" - 16"
  • Weight
  • 18-25 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • A Quick Learner
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • White
    • White / Tan
    • Black
    • Blue
    • Merle
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Alternate Names

Sheltie.

Origin

The Shetland Sheepdog originated in Scotland.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1700's.

History

The Shetland sheepdog is an old breed that is descended from the dogs brought to the Shetland Islands off the Scottish coast by invading Vikings in the tenth century. These were spitz-type dogs that were similar to vallhunds. The dogs were developed as herding dogs and kept isolated until the fifteenth century, when the Shetland Islands became part of Scotland and Scottish collies were introduced to the islands. These dogs gave the sheltie a more collie-like look. The sheltie is one of many compact animals bred by Shetland islanders. It was first brought to the U.S. in the early twentieth century.

Description

The sheltie is a small to medium size, muscular, rectangular shaped dog. It looks like a miniature collie. It has a narrow, wedge-shaped head with a skull and muzzle of equal length. The nose is black and the eyes are almond shaped and brown or blue or a combination of the two. The small ears are folded when at rest and semi-erect when alert. The thick, long tail is set low and there is a double coat with a dense undercoat and a long, straight outer coat. The coat forms a mane at the neck and trousers at the thighs and may be black, blue, merel, sable, or mostly white, with or without tan or white markings.

Temperament

This is an intelligent, hardworking, trainable dog. It is affectionate with its family but wary with strangers. It is responsive and prone to barking, making it a good watchdog.

Uses

It is above all an intelligent herder, capable both of commanding large cattle and holding small sheep in check. Because of its beauty and kindness, it has become an outstanding companion dog.

Health Concerns

Epilepsy, eye problems, hip dysplasia, sheltie skin syndrome, thyroid problems, von Willebrand?s disease

Additional Information

The sheltie does best with an active owner in a rural or suburban home. As an owner, it is very important to brush this breeds coat daily to keep it from over shedding and matting up.

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Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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