The Shetland Sheepdog was developed
off the coast of Scotland, descending from Border Collies and Collies. They are
a herding breed used for herding smaller flocks of animals. Shelties were
bred for farms, yet they will adapt well to most living situations.
The sheltie is a friendly and
devoted breed, known for their loyalty, affection, and need for companionship.
They can be cautious towards strangers and as most herding breeds, they are
extremely intelligent. Their intelligences matched with their eagerness to
please their owner makes training a breeze. It is common to see this breed excel
at obedience competitions.
Their coat needs to be brushed to
keep mats from forming. They need to be bathed only when necessary. The coat sheds throughout the year (average
level), but twice a year shedding is high.
Since Shelties can adapt to most
living situations, apartment living is okay. Regular walks should be provided
to keep the pet well exercised.
Full grown, Shelties are expected to weight 17 to 24 pounds.
The breed usually lives to be
around 12 years of age.