Shetland sheepdog height at the withers: 37.5 cm in males and 35.5 cm in females
Weight: 7 to 8 kg
Cloak: bicolor, sable or bluebird
Skills: dog care and companionship
The Shetland sheepdog, better known as Sheltie, is often confused with a Long Haired Collie and not without reason, since the Sheltie looks like a miniaturization of the Collie.
As the name implies, this dog originates from the Shetland Islands, an archipelago located in the north of Scotland. At the beginning of the 19th century, their ancestors were paired with the newly arrived Collies and other shepherd breeds from Norway and Iceland. In the early years of the twentieth century, more crosses (with Spitz dogs and probably with Border Collies) were made that would eventually set the standard for the breed.
The Sheltie is intelligent, attentive, stable and easy to teach. He feels very attached to his owners, whom he obeys enchanted but without being servile. He is a dog with character, which knows what he wants and takes the initiative when he considers it appropriate. He is very affectionate with children (as long as they respect him and do not treat him like a toy), play with them and watch over their safety.
The shetland sheepdog has a refined head that narrows from the ears to the truffle. The ears are small and flexible, placed close enough to each other at the top of the head. It has almond-shaped eyes and a long, well rounded snout. The tail, with abundant hair, reaches the hock and curves slightly up. It has a double coat: the outer hair is long, straight and rough and the inner undercoat is short, soft and dense. The mane and chest are well provided with hairs. The color can be sand, tricolor, black blue, black and white, and black and fire.
Specific Care Shepherd’s Sheepdog
The Shetland is a dog of great vitality, reason why it needs a lot of activity and games. It is advisable to take him often to the countryside or to a park where he can run around at his leisure. To keep your hair in good condition should be brushed two or three times a week, and more often in the mounting season. He has a very sharp barking; you have to teach him from a puppy that he should not bark at all.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a sturdy dog. The most important problems are skin and eye problems (progressive retinal atrophy, cataracts, ectasia syndrome and trichiasis). In less incidence can occur cases of hip dysplasia, thyroid deficiency, epilepsy, deafness or Von Willebrand.