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Shetland Sheepdog

Also referred to as Sheltie

Find some great facts about this breed. Learn about the average
height & weight, the typical colorings & temperaments, plus information
about their activity level, age expectancy, typical health concerns & more!

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Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

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Average Height & Weight

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.

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Shetland Sheepdog


Typical Coloring

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.




Activity Level

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.


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Breed Characteristics



Age Expectancy

12 to 14 years

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Known Breed-Related Health Issues

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.




Ideal Climates for this Breed

Shetland Sheepdogs have a medium tolerance for hot and cold climates, but they prefer to spend time indoors with their families.



Shetland Sheepdog


Family Orientation
(good with kids, or other pets?)

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.




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