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Shetland Sheepdog

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #242015: #232014: #21
Name Shetland Sheepdog
Other names Miniature Collie, Shetland Collie (obsolete), Dwarf Scotch Shepherd (obsolete), Toonie Dog (obsolete), Sheltie
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Herding (AKC:1911 & UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AffectionateFriendlyGentleIntelligentLivelyPlayfulResponsive
Height 13-16 inches (33-41 cm)
Weight 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg)
Colors Black & WhiteBlack White & TanBlue Merle & WhiteBlue Merle White & TanSable & WhiteSable Merle & White
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 2 starsThe Sheltie will do okay in an apartment if sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 5 starsThe Shelties generally get along with other dogs, typically seem to enjoy cats, and are fine with other household pets.
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 4 stars
Exercise Needs 3 starsThis active, graceful dog needs lots of exercise, which includes a daily walk or jog. They will also enjoy running free, but be sure the dog is in a safe area.
Grooming 5 starsModerate Maintenance: Regular and thorough brushing and combing is a must for this double-coat breed, because the undercoat can mat into a layer of uncomfortable felt while the long outer coat still looks normal. Ask your Sheltie’s breeder to show you how to brush him so you get all the way down to the skin. Shelties are good at keeping themselves clean, especially if you do your part by brushing regularly. Give your Sheltie a bath once every month or two. He shouldn’t need one more often than that.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsShelties have a high level of intelligence. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, the Shetland sheepdog is one of the brightest dogs, ranking 6th out of 132 breeds tested. His research found that an average Sheltie could understand a new command in less than 5 repetitions and would obey a command the first time it was given 95% of the time or better.Ranking: #6. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 3 starsEasy Training: Training will be enjoyable. This dog is inclined to listen to commands and obey its owner. This breed will require fewer repetitions to obey specific instructions, pleasing owners who like to see quick results.
Watchdog Ability 4 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It is not considered to be a very protective breed. Therefore, it is unlikely to scare off intruders.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Lucy
03 Buddy Chloe
04 Jack Layla
05 Cooper Zoey
06 Dexter Bailey
07 Oliver Roxy
08 Toby Abbie
09 Marley Molly
10 Zeus Callie
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Overview

The Shetland sheepdog is a medium, agile dog, longer than it is tall. Its gait is smooth, effortless and ground-covering, imparting good agility, speed and endurance essential in a herding dog. It has a double coat, with a short, dense undercoat and a long, straight, harsh outer coat. The hair of the mane, frill and tail is abundant. Its expression is gentle, intelligent and questioning. Although it resembles a rough collie in miniature, subtle differences distinguish the breeds.

The Shetland sheepdog is extremely bright, sensitive and willing to please. This combination makes for a dog that is very obedient, quick to learn and utterly devoted to its family. It is not only gentle, playful, amiable and companionable, but also excellent with children, although it can nip at heels in play. It is reserved and often timid toward strangers. It barks a lot.

History
The Shetland Sheepdog is related to the Rough Collie, both dogs descended from Border Collies that inhabited Scotland. The Border Collies were brought to the Scottish island of Shetland and crossed with the Icelandic Yakkin, a small island dog which is now extinct. By 1700, the Sheltie was completely developed. The dogs were used to herd and guard the sheep flocks of the Shetlands. This willing worker was very gentle when herding the miniature stock. The Shetland Sheepdog was first recognized in England in 1909 and by the AKC in 1911. The Sheltie is one of today's most popular companion dogs. Extremely smart, it excels at obedience competition. Some of the Sheltie's talents include: tracking, herding, watchdog, guarding, agility, competitive obedience and performing tricks.