Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog is also known as the Sheltie. It is a strong dog that is light and agile. With a triangular shaped head, it has long legs, smooth feet and almond shaped eyes that are usually dark. The ears are small and it is a fast dog in general that is excellent at jumping. It is very elegant and has a rough outer coat with a soft undercoat. The outer coat of the Shetland Sheepdog is rough whereas the undercoat is dense and woolly. The tail is feathery.

Temperament :

The Shetland Sheepdog is gentle and makes a great companion. It has a very good temperament and is amicable and friendly to most familiar people it comes across. They have exceedingly high levels of intelligence too. They are loving, devoted, caring and excellent dogs for youngsters. They tend to be unwelcoming of unfamiliar people and do not really have many issues with other pets or animals although they do love to chase after small animals.

Health issues :

Eye problems are not uncommon for this dog. Knee issues also blight them frequently and this is generally an inherited problem.

Exercise :

These dogs are very active. They therefore require lots of exercise. They should be leashed though as they may choose to run off. Arks and large gardens are usually sufficient locations to provide them with the space they require to exercise properly. Walks are also good.

Life expectancy :

They tend to live up to the age of about fifteen years in general.

Grooming :

Regular care and attention to their coats is essential although it doesn't require as much care as you might think. It is important to brush frequently though. Combing occasionally helps to prevent matting. The thick undercoat is shed a couple of times each year. They tend to be very clean dogs naturally which makes their owner's job that much easier for them. Bathing and shampooing is not usually a necessity but can be performed very rarely.