The Shetland Sheepdog is a lively, alert and intelligent dog with a thick double coat. It resembles the Rough Collie in looks, although smaller in stature. It forms part of the pastoral group.
The Shetland Sheepdog comes in a variety of colours and markings that include:
The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie as it is often known as was used as a working sheep dog in the Scottish Highlands. It is believed the Shetland Sheepdog originated from crossing the Rough Collie with other Spitz type dogs.
Height bitch 33-40.6cms
Height dog 33-40.6cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 6.4-12.3kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 6.4-12.3kgs
The Sheltie is an energetic and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead.
The Sheltie is a confident, intelligent dog with an affectionate temperament. It is an obedient dog, but with a stubborn streak. It’s a dog that like to be kept busy, both physically and mentally. It tends to be a one-person dog and appreciates a confident handler. Training and socialisation should start from an early age, and be ongoing throughout its life. The breed can be prone to snappiness, so care should be taken around children, especially children it is unfamiliar with.
The Sheltie also retains its strong herding instinct, so may chase dogs, cars, bicycles and joggers. Contact with cats may be possible if introduced from an early age, but contact with other smaller pets should be avoided.
Yes, the Sheltie is intelligent and easy to train and a practical size for most family homes. New owners should ensure this little dog does not assume the role of pack leader, as negative behaviour may occur.
Long. The Sheltie has a thick double coat that stand away from the body. The undercoat is short, downy and soft. The outer coat is longer and fairly coarse. The coat is thicker around the neck region.
High.The dense coat need daily brushing with a soft slicker brush or comb. The undercoat normally sheds twice a year. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly for any sign of infection or build up of wax.
No. The Sheltie is a heavy shedder, so an unsuitable breed for allergy sufferers.
The Sheltie is generally a fit and healthy dog with few inherited health issues, but new owners should consult their breeder about the following conditions that have been found in the breed:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Sheltie can expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 11-15 years.
Expect to pay from £800 upwards for a Sheltie pedigree puppy and litters are often available. On average there between 4-6 puppies in a litter.
A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs will require around 185gms of complete dry food daily.
A bitch or dog weighing 10kgs will cost around £4.50 per week to feed.
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: