Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Question

Okay, have two questions. Someone here lost her 13 year old sheltie. Mine is now 13 years, 3...


Okay, have two questions. Someone here lost her 13 year old sheltie. Mine is now 13 years, 3 months. How long should he live? Second question ... on top of this page is a tricolor (like my Tintin) with stand straight ears. I am always having to massage Tintin's ears to make them flop over. He has a champion bloodline, but showing him was never an interest. But, are stand up ears okay? Tintin's registered line is something "Forever". oh yeah, to me, Tintin''s breed has always been "apartment collie"!

    In Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie - Asked by Anonymous - 2/18/2011 8:34:44 PM
The dog at the top of this page isn't a tri color, it is a bi-black Sheltie. Ears that stand up are fine for pet Shelties. They are supposed to tip but unless worked with extensively when they are puppies many of them don't. If your not going to show your pup in conformation then there is no reason to worry about his ears. Shelties live an average of 15 years and many live longer with good care.
    Answered by Anonymous - 2/22/2011 2:05:08 PM


Our 'Precious' lived to 14 1/2 years. She lost her hearing in the last couple of years but adapted to hand signals and otherwise functioned normally. One ear flopped. She was too tall to show (didn't care) and had a broken tail from birth, but was a beautiful tri-color. Wonderful, loving sheltie.
    Answered by Anonymous - 3/15/2011 10:09:42 PM