Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie

Breed Group: Herding
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Overview
Resembling a Miniature Collie, this breed is an absolute delight to own. Intelligent, sweet, gentle, making this dog a great companion animal. Throughout the years, this breed has become very popular and is said to have almost a human like intelligence. Sometimes wary of strangers, the Sheltie also loves to bark persistently.

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Character
A sweet disposition, this loveable breed does have a very strong herding instinct often nipping at ankles and chasing cars. This is a home breed and should not be kept in a kennel like environment. The Shetland Sheepdog is very affectionate and lovely, yet can be protective of his owner and/or territory. This dog loves being an in-home companion and would gladly lie down on the couch next to his family.

Does your Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
High energy, active, very trainable, this breed has a well-rounded and even temperament giving him the idealistics for a household pet. The Shetland Sheepdog does well with children, but children should be properly trained to handle a dog of any breed. Used as a watch dog, this gentle breed will not attack without being repeatedly provoked so does not do well for guarding. Great for herding, this dog is still commonly used for herding purposes in a country environment and does exceptionally well.
Care
Regular brushing is necessary to keep the coat smooth and free of tangles. The long coat of the Sheltie does tend to trap dirt so supervision is necessary unless regular bathing is not a problem. Heavily shedding during certain seasons, the hair can become a mess so grooming is particularly important during this stage.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The Shetland Sheepdog, better known as the Sheltie has a long double coat, sporting a frill around the neck area. The coat of the Sheltie needs extensive grooming on a regular basis.
Training
The Sheltie is very easy to train and does very well in obedience and herding given the right methods and trainer. Having a human like intelligence, Shetland Sheepdogs are willing to obey, and very eager to do so. Does very well in working environments being that the herding instinct is still very strong. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
This high-energy breed should have regular exercise. Most prefer to allow their Shelties to run free but must be in a fenced in yard, as this breed loves to chase things and will surely bolt if given the opportunity and visual stimulation. An average sized yard would be ideal for this small yet lively breed. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
20 lbs
Height
13-16 inches
Color(s)
Black, blue merle, and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan

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Shetland Sheepdog - Sheltie Questions

When you ship a puppy, how do you ship them?

Answer:
When you contact your breeder, if the breeder already ships then he/she will have an airline that they've used before. On average it costs $350.00 - $450.00 to ship a puppy and that includes the crate, airline fee's and other travel expenses. But it does not include any importing fee's you may have to pay when you pick up your puppy. All puppies have to be seen by a vet before hand to get a health certificate that says they are able to fly before being shipped as well.

My last sheltie suffered from Epilepsy from 8yrs. old until her death at 11yrs. How common is this in the breed?

Answer:
Epilepsy is common in the breed when it is not screened for by the breeder or if the breeder breeds a dog that has epilepsy. It is never easy to lose a pet, no matter how long you've had them. I recommend asking the breeder about whether or no they test for epilepsy in their lines or no when looking for a new puppy.

How do you stop a Sheltie from getting a heart murmur?

Answer:
There is no way to stop any type of dog or person from getting a heart murmur. A heart murmur is something a dog is born with and is passed down from the pedigree. So making sure not to breed a dog that has a heart murmur or has heart murmur's in their pedigree is the best way to keep any potential pups from getting one.

How much do light sable Sheltie's cost? I have always wanted one and I would love to afford one! Julie

Answer:
The coloration of a puppy should not change the price unless the coat coloration is rare. The light sable coat coloration for the Sheltie breed is not a rare one, so a puppy should still be in the range of the average price. The average price for a Sheltie puppy ranges from $900.00 - $1250.00. Health and confirmation of your puppy should be your first concern before coloration. So make sure you find a reputable, responsible and knowledgeable breeder first. Then tell your breeder the coloration you are looking for and go on their waiting list.

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