This answer should be based on how the Sheltie was brought up. if the Sheltie was well socialized and is able to encounter new things a lot the Sheltie will not be shy/scared of anything, he or she should be very outgoing. If the Sheltie is not socialized with anyone other than their family, they can become shy of newcomers. over all, Shelties have been known to be a bit shy but not scared. this is based on where they come from, remember they were origionally bred to herd sheep. over time they have evolved into wonderful pets, great at agility and other sports. Shelties do need to be excersized regularly or this can result into a destructive Sheltie. like all dogs, they need their mind stimulated, they can not just be cooped up in a house without activities. Shelties can get along with anyone from babies to seniors so i do not see any issue with a sheltie being a great addition to an older family. but, remember they need daily excersize.
Answered by pretoriashelties - 1/3/2011 4:04:40 PM