Shetland Sheepdog overview- Owner Should Know

Shetland Sheepdog Overview

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog Information

NameShetland Sheepdog
Other NameMiniature Collie, Toonie
Build TypeMedium
Life Cycle11-13 years
CharacterActive, Playful, Intelligent, Gentle, Lively, Alert and Cheerful
HeightMale: 13-16 inches
Female: 12-16 inches
WeightMale:14-26 pounds
Female: 14-25 pound
ColorBlack, Blue, White, Merle, Sable
Average price600 US$


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The breed of dog having owned by someone would get satisfaction and pleasure, is the breed of Shetland sheepdog. The small and compact dog is sociable and trustworthy to be kept in house with other animals. The dog holds agility of applications both indoor and outdoor as well. Mentally alert and intelligent, this breed is very attentive, alert and obedient. They stay charming and joyous when among the children and please to entertain whole family. They are well mannered in house hold environments, gentle and affectionate to children and harmless to other pet animals. They are well devoted to owner and remain protective towards his belongings. While playing with kids, they may nip at heels, they remain aloof and sometimes curious to strangers, as a puppy they may get shy or timid even. The dog Shetland Sheepdog is readily accepted and admired breed of dog which suits very well in multi-situational conditions.

Longer than tall, the amiable and agile breed of dog, Shetland Sheepdog is a small, compact and versatile dog. It walks gracefully and attentively, while searching around for any safety risk for its flock when on fields. The effortless and ground-covering gait further enhances its dignified appearance; moreover the dog enjoys the freedom of good speed, stamina, approach and drive, which is mandatory for any herding or cattle driving dogs. Dense but short undercoat is helped by long and hard outer coat which is straight, in addition, the lane of hair across neck and long tail enhances the expression as keen explorer, detector and confident guard. The Shetland Sheepdog closely resembles with a silky-coated sheepdog of Scotland.

Border Collie is said to be the mother breed of Rough Collie which is the breed from Scotland. Some of the Border Collie dogs were said to be crossed with an extinct breed named Icelandic Yakkin, a very small dog found in an island of Scotland named Shetland, the breed of Shetland Sheepdog is named after this island. The dog had served the native formers in herding and guarding the sheep and cattle across the fields of Shetland and had been developed completely since 1700s. The Shetland Sheepdog is very passionate worker and intelligent guard, it treats the livestock and flock gently and remains caring towards them. The dog got recognition firstly in England during year 1909, thereafter was registered with American Kennel Club in 1911. The dog is famous now a day due to its multi talent capabilities and easy adaptability in house environment. They proved excellent companion, herding dog competitive obedience and guardian.


Shetland Sheepdogs are well suited for the families having other animals in the form of livestock, they prove efficient cattle guardian, watchdog and alert companion. 

Indoors, the dog is extremely entertainer and playful, mature enough that it knows the manner of family and pays respect for adults, affection to children and inquires the strangers. The Shetland Sheepdogs are willing to be involved in family routines, eager to please the viewers and responsible towards their duties. They behave gently with children and need tender handling in return as well, as the breed is of small dog, although not fragile but could be injured by rough handling. The Shetland Sheepdogs are curious of strangers and want them to stay away from the owner, its family and property. To suit the dog in home environment, you need to socialize them. They bark at strangers until you introduce them as acceptable, you can adjust barking to required amount during socialization training.

They are the finest dog in intelligence and occupy high ranks position in intelligence quotient test. The breed is equally exceptional family companion in both genders. They develop harmony and peace in house held atmosphere rather creating panic. Some instinct of chasing is also observed, they tend to chase moving objects even cars and bikes for small distances.

The breed is not tough for handling during housetrain. Socialization is to be started from its puppyhood, introduce other pets during same period. It does not require extensive exercises however playful, and would get along well in apartment livings and can be trained to any degree of obedience. They are totally non-violent but only nip heels during play, which is not painful or injurious.

Owner Should Know

  1. During puppy age, they may bark a lot, housetrain has proved effective and has brought moderateness in this issue.
  2. The breed sheds during spring, rest of year it is minimal.
  3. They are good responsive toward training, make some entertaining and amusing schedule of training, they will follow willfully.
  4. Keep them running in yards with toys and children to fulfill exercise requirements, even small they enjoy a lot of energy.
  5. Adaptable for families having non-canine pet as well.
  6. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeder or supplier to get original and healthy puppies of Shetland Sheepdog breed, as the demand this dog is high and some irresponsible supplier may handover spoiled breed.




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