Is a
Shetland Sheepdog the best pet dog or puppy to suit your lifestyle.

Shetland Sheepdog

Choosing a Shetland Sheepdog as your pet dog or puppy:--

General Description

The "Sheltie" is in most ways a smaller version of the rough collie. A gentle reserved dog with a magnificent, profuse coat.

Suitable Owners

Active gentle owner able to deal with this devoted, sometimes shy and reserved dog and who enjoys the regular grooming required by this breed.


Scotland, in the Shetland Islands bred for herding sheep.
Dog Group - Kennel Club:


Long fairly harsh but straight topcoat with a soft undercoat. Abundant mane and well feathered forelegs.

Needs regular grooming to ensure it is tangle free.
Average Height:

36 - 37 cms. 14 - 15 ins. 
Average Weight:

6 - 7 kgs. 14 - 16 lbs. 

Usually tricoloured sable, black or blue merle with some amounts of white and tan. 


Highly intelligent, easy to train they make ideal companions and family pets. They are eager to please, fun loving and gentle who can become devoted to their owners.


Medium requirment but will take any exercise offered. 
Average Lifespan: 

13 14 yrs.
Possible Disadvantages

A lot of grooming can be necessary to keep their coat free fom debris and tangles. Sometimes overly sensitive to noise.

Potential Health Concerns

Can suffer from digestive disorders, eye conditions and fractuerd legs.
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