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Learn more about the Shetland Sheepdog

Origin of the Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog (or Sheltie) gets its name from the Scottish Isles where it originated. He is descended from a cross between a local sheepdog and a collie, a pedigree that has earned him a reputation for being often mistaken for a “mini” collie. This is a truly independent breed, the standard of which was published in 2013.

Body type of the Shetland Sheepdog

  • height: from 35 to 39 cm at the withers (male) and from 33 to 37 cm at the withers (female);
  • weight: from 7 to 11 kg;
  • coat: long, dense, collar and haircut marked, shorter on head and legs;
  • coat color: fawn, blue merle, bicolor (black/white, bicolor blue, black/tan) or tricolor;
  • head shape: sculpted, with a flat forehead, with a gradually tapering muzzle;
  • eye shape and color: almond-shaped, dark brown (sheltie blue merle minnow);
  • ear shape: small, triangular, marked with a 1/3 fold;
  • other features: long tail, set low, hair with feathers.

Personality of the Shetland Sheepdog

The Sheltie is a very active and intelligent little dog that has long been highly prized by sheep breeders. Now it’s more accepted as companion dog. Playful and affectionate, he is a very good choice for children.

Deprived of the hunting instinct, he very receptive to training, and he is prowess in disciplines such as agility. This little dog can be shy: it is recommended to take care of his education so that he is sociable. And he’s not a very good watchdog because he mostly barks when he’s scared.

This dog tolerates being alone during the day well. He adapts well to apartment life as long as you provide him with long walks and daily exercise.

Shetland Sheepdog Health

Shelties are hardy and hardy and have a lifespan of 12 to 14 years. It is recommended to brush his teeth regularly. With abundant hair, it must be combed once a week. During the molting period (once a year for the male, twice for the female), it must be combed daily.

Sheltie may be under the influence of the MDR1 gene and dermatomyositis, a rare chromosome 35-related inflammatory skin and muscle disease primarily affecting collies and Shetland Sheepdogs, as evidenced by a study linking dermatomyositis in Shetland Sheepdogs to chromosome 35.

Shelties can have eye conditions such as collie eye anomaly (or choroidal hypoplasia) and PRA (progressive retinal atrophy). Since these pathologies are hereditary, it is worth paying attention to its origin.

Shetland Sheepdog Award

Count from 1000 to 1500 € for a Shetland Sheepdog. Add to this price all the additional costs: veterinarian, groomer, food…

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