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The Shetland Sheepdog is considered a MEDIUM dog based on the average height and weight.
Males – Height: 13 to 16 inches.
Weight: 20 pounds.
Females – Height: 13 to 16 inches.
Weight: 20 pounds.
Shetland Sheepdogs are commonly black, blue merle or sable. They typically have white and tan markings.
If you’re looking for a star pupil at obedience school, Shetland Sheepdogs may be your breed. Easy to train, intelligent and very loyal, these dogs are docile and extremely alert, and they pick up on commands quickly.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a good deal of energy, but it can be burned off with daily walks, short jogs or even a brisk romp in the park.
- Shetland Sheepdogs have a dense, furry undercoat covered by a long, straight outercoat.
- With their abundance of hair, Shelties are a high-maintenance grooming breed. They should be brushed every other day.
- They have long heads that taper at the muzzle and arched necks that show off their proud bearing.
12 to 14 years
The most common health concern for Shetland Sheepdogs is dermatomyositis. Progressive retinal atrophy, trichiasis, cataracts, hemophilia, Legg-Perthes and patellar luxation are less common but still occur within the breed, while deafness, epilepsy and Von Willebrand Disease are seen occasionally.
Shetland Sheepdogs have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates, but they prefer to spend time indoors with their families.
Shetland Sheepdogs are devoted family dogs. They do well with children, though they often bark at strangers and may try to herd people they do not know, tracing back to their roots as herding dogs. They are very friendly toward other dogs and household pets.
- The Shetland Sheepdog’s roots go back to Scotland, where they served as herders. They ably herded smaller game such as geese, ducks, sheep and goats.
- The famed animal intelligence expert Dr. Stanley Coren ranked Shelties as the sixth most intelligent breed out of the 132 he tested.
- The breed was originally called the Shetland Collie.