Lifespan – 12 to 14 Years.
Activity Level – Very Active. They like the outdoors and running in open areas. They will run laps around most other dogs at the dog park!
Potential Height – 13 to 16 Inches Tall. Don’t let their height fool you. They are capable of achieving more than dogs twice their size.
Potential Weight – 22 to 40 Pounds. Despite their weight, they are quite capable of herding animals and even people that weigh hundreds of pounds more than they do.
Barking – Frequent. Some refer to them as yelpie shelties. All dogs can be trained not to bark frequently. A Shetland sheepdog just so happens to bark often due to their high energy level and their original breed intent. They would commonly bark to corral animals that were straying from the group.
Shedding – Moderate. They should be brushed weekly with a wire brush. It is also recommended to use a spray bottle with water to spritz their hair while brushing. This will help protect their coat and eliminate tangles much easier.
Family Friendly – Shelties are family friendly. However, some have bad habits due to their breed. Shetland Sheepdogs were originally bred as herders. One of the things herding dogs do to corral animals is to nip at them. Shelties are known to try to corral children. If you have a lot of kids, or a particular child that is reluctant to get ready for school, this might be a good trait. However, most would not be too fond of that habit. Training should be pretty easy considering their level of intelligence. Any bad habits they have are broken quite easily.
Pet Friendly – Yes. Just like with other dogs, proper introductions need to be made. Additionally, they may take a little bit more time to adjust if they were the first ones in the house and an additional dog is being introduced.
Breed Origins – They are named after the Shetland islands near Scotland. They were first bred as herding dogs. They are a mix between a Collie and some Icelandic dogs. The islands in which they originated have very little vegetation. Therefore the animals and herd sizes were smaller. Collies were not needed to properly execute the required tasks. Shelties once herded everything from chickens to ponies. Yes we said ponies. Shelties are such great herders that they could herd animals exponentially larger than themselves. They were first recognized by the AKC in 1911.
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