AVERAGE LIFE SPAN: 12-14 years
AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULT: Medium
GROOMING NEEDS: High
EXERCISE NEEDS: High
The Shetland Sheepdog is more commonly known as the Sheltie and is a small to medium sized dog. He looks like a small rough collie with the same tri-coloured coat and looks. Both dogs are related to the Border Collie and orginated from Scotland.
In fact he was first shown at Crufts in 1906 as a miniature collie by a Shetlander called Loggie. A breed of herding dog the Sheltie can be sable, tri-coloured or blue merle. The Sheltie is a happy, lively little dog who is easy to train and can be reserved with strangers.
A member of the pastoral group of dogs, the Sheltie has a long double coat which enables him to withstand the coldest of winters. It is relatively easy to maintain with daily grooming and is a seasonal shredder. Shelties are very clean dogs and will remove any mud or water from their coats. Regular baths and consistent grooming are important for the dog’s mental and physical health.
He stands up to 40cm at the shoulder and can weigh up to 12kg. Today the Sheltie is one of today’s most popular companion dogs being extremely clever he excels in obedience and agility competitions. A lively and energetic dog the Sheltie needs lots of exercise and can live in the country or the town. He has very few health problems. Shelties can be prone to obesity so care should be taken not to overfeed. Malformation and diseases of the eye can be a problem for the breed. The Sheltie has a life expectancy of up to 15 years.
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