At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 15 - 25 lbs.

Height: 13" - 16"

Life Span: 12 - 15 years


Also know as: Shetland Sheepdog. Previously known as "Toonie" from Norwegian word "tun" meaning "farm"

Group: Toy

Origin: Shetland Islands off Scotland

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Agility Trials, Herding, Obedience Work

History and Facts: This breed came to the British Isles in the early 1800s. It was used as a herding dog and often left alone to tend sheep, cattle and ponies. The breed is believed to be the result of crossing Scottish Collies, Yakki dogs of Greenland, and the Spitz.

Temperament / Behavior
The Sheltie is known as one of the smartest breeds; it craves companionship. This breed is eager to please, extremely active, bright, energetic and happy. Shelties are gentle, easy to train dogs that may bark when left alone. These are great dogs for obedience work and make outstanding family pets. Shelties love being an inside pet and chasing cars.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Eye disorders; deafness; bleeding disorder; heart disease; epilepsy; hypothyroidism; autoimmune skin diseases; hemophilia

Special Needs
Exercise: The Sheltie is happiest with frequent exercise, but will adapt to lesser amounts. This dog needs at least a daily walk, preferably more. A fenced yard is preferred for this breed. Because the Sheltie loves to chase things, it should be leashed when walked.

Grooming: Extensive regular grooming needed for your Sheltie. Its long double coat sheds, and will need brushing 3 times per week or more.


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