Breed Group: Herding Height: 13 – 16 inches at the shoulder Weight: 14 – 27 pounds Life Span: 12 – 13 years
The Shetland Sheepdog looks like a miniature copy in of the rough coated Collie. When viewed from the side, the head looks like a blunt wedge, with the muzzle tapering slightly from the ears to the nose. There is a slight stop. The teeth meet in a scissors or level bite. The nose is black. The almond shaped eyes are dark, however blue eyes can appear in the blue merle coat. The small ears are 3/4 erect with the tips folding forward. The neck is arched and muscular. The long tail is feathered, carried straight down, or at a slight upward curve. The tail should reach to the hock. The double coat is long and abundant all over the body but is shorter on the head and legs an the coat forms a mane around the neck and chest. The outer coat is straight and harsh to the touch, and the undercoat is soft and tight.
The Shetland Sheepdog is loyal, willing and eager to please, making a wonderful companion dog, they are very intelligent, lively and trainable, the Shetland Sheepdog is one of the smartest breeds. With intelligence comes the need to occupy their minds. They like to be kept busy. The Sheltie is above all a herder, capable both of commanding large cattle and sheep. The herding instinct is still very strong in many of them, they love to chase things. Because of its beauty and kindness, the Sheltie has become a popular companion dog.
Shetland Sheepdog Cons: They need a heavy dose of daily exercise, they’re fond of barking and they’re prone to shed lots.
Shetland Sheepdog Pros: They’re light on their feet, graceful, athletic and quick to learn.
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