Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Sheltie; Miniature Collie; Shetland Collie
The gentle Shetland Sheepdog, often affectionally called the "Sheltie," is a highly recommended family pet because of its beauty, intelligence, and relatively small size. Like other herding dogs, it is exceptionally intelligent and enjoys being given something to do. They're a great choice for active owners who like exercising with their dogs.
Although they're sometimes recommended to novice dog owners, you should be aware that individuals can be sensitive. Some Shelties fear thunder or other loud noises, and they may not do well in a household where there's a lot of shouting or rough-housing. They need to be socialized with kindness and patience. The neglected Sheltie could develop problems like barking or chewing. Unfortunately, the high-pitched bark can be a real headache for owners if your pet isn't properly trained from a young age.
Appearance / health:
The Shetland Sheepdog is a beautiful dog with the general appearance of the rough-coated collie in miniature, but he is not considered a “miniature” Collie as he was not developed from the selective breeding of Rough Collies. He has a long and wedge-shaped head; the top plane of his muzzle should be parallel to the top plane of his skull. His eyes are almond-shaped and generally dark (the exception being in blue merle dogs; their eyes may be blue or a merle color). He should have an intelligent expression that appears questioning, watchful, and gentle. His nose should be black; his teeth meet in a scissors bite; his ears are small, flexible, and expressive, with tops that drop. His tail should reach to his hock. Male Shelties should appear masculine and female Shelties should have a feminine appearance.
The Sheltie requires regular grooming, including some trimming and stripping and daily brushing. Good daily coat care consists of misting him lightly with water and then very gently removing any mats out of his hair prior to brushing. Avoid breakage of his hair by combing as seldom as possible.
The Sheltie is a heavy shedder twice per year, shedding the thick undercoat in the spring and fall.
Bathe or dry shampoo your Sheltie only when it is absolutely necessary.
The Sheltie requires plenty of activity and exercise. This can be accomplished through training, play, or regular activities such as walks, jogs, or a cycling companion. Shelties require both mental and physical challenges in their exercise regime to keep them emotionally happy. Teaching your Sheltie to play fetch or catch and return a Frisbee is a good way to accomplish both physical and mental exercise. The Sheltie greatly enjoys a free run, but ensure he is in a safely enclosed area so that he cannot take off “herding” or chasing vehicles.
While certainly not all Shelties are afflicted with one, any, or all of the following health issues, this list contains matters that are concerns that should be watched for because they are common in Shetland Sheepdogs:
The potential Sheltie owner can avoid many of these issues by purchasing only from a reputable breeder who can supply references and who has a history of the health of their breeding stock. Breeding stock should be CERF-certified. Every Sheltie puppy should have a veterinary eye examination.
Behavior / temperament:
The Sheltie is watchful, alert, active, affectionate, loyal, sensitive, intelligent and responsive. An obedient breed that gets along well with other pets and children, they are also hard working and love to have a job to do. Though they are a comparatively friendly breed, they are known to be suspicious of strangers and make a good watch dog. The Sheltie is a biddable, generally healthy breed that loves and needs people; he requires a home where he can have all the companionship he needs. Some Sheltie fanciers claim the males are more affectionate and make better pets. This is a good dog for a novice dog owner.
The Sheltie is an exceptional companion dog with a charming and pleasing temperament and is very trainable. The Sheltie is considered by many to be one to the smartest breeds, with many fanciers considering them to have a near-human level of intelligence; he exhibits a willingness to obey and please. He is lovable toward his family and will put up with a lot from the children in his family, but is suspicious of strangers and especially so of strange children. The Sheltie typically will not allow strangers to touch him and will persistently bark at them in warning. He is a good guard and watchdog, but requires extensive socialization as a puppy. It is of utmost importance to keep him busy and allow him to have a purpose by giving him a job to do. The herding instinct for which he was initially developed is still very strong in many Shelties - they love to chase things; regrettably (and frequently disastrously), a Sheltie will love to chase cars. He must not be allowed to run off-leash anywhere near a street or roadway lest he decide to chase a car or anything else interesting he sees across the road, and run the risk of getting hit by a vehicle.
The Sheltie is rated very high in learning rate, obedience and problem solving. They are a very easy breed to train due to their love of working and pleasing their owner, especially when training is started in puppyhood. Because of their love of running, the Sheltie does tend to pull at the leash but this can be quickly corrected utilizing proper training methods and early training. The Sheltie does respond better and faster to training when the services of a professional trainer and training classes are used. In fact, attending training classes will often accomplish two objectives at the same time: training and socialization.
Admittedly, the Sheltie does like to bark a lot and does have the potential to end up as a nuisance barker unless properly training from puppyhood in when it is and is not appropriate to bark.
intelligent, sweet, great family dogs, lovable, great personalities, loyal companion, handsome
skittish, barking, bit high strung, nippy, Separation anxiety, perpetual grooming
positive training, double coat, incredible learning ability, agility dog, perfect sized lapdog
Shetland Sheepdogs make awesome family pets
We got our Shetland sheepdog back in the early 90's and she was a female about 9 weeks old at the time. She was pretty easy to train as far as house training, tricks, games, and obedience. They are very smart dogs. Once she'd learned everyone's names, we could tell her to go get a certain person, and she would run through the house and go find that person. It was really lots of fun for the kids, and she loved to play with the kids. She enjoyed both indoor and outdoor games. She could fetch, she could play different little ball and toy games. She knew how to "shake hands" and if you put a small item in your hand and then closed up your fists, she could use her paw to tell you which hand she thought it was in. She was a great pet. She did get in her little moods where she would leave a "present" on the floor if she ever got upset about something. But she would act suspiciously whenever she did it, (head down, tail dragging, etc...) because she knew she had misbehaved and would likely be punished by having to go in her crate for a while. Her way of begging for your food whenever you were eating was so cute. She didn't whine or jump up and try to get your food, she would just come over and sit by you and look at you with this "please" expression on her little face. It was the cutest. And if you didn't give her anything, she'd eventually lie down and continue to look up with that "please" face. We knew someone was coming to the door long before they knocked because that was the ONLY time she'd ever bark. And she was never aggressive. Even though she would bark when someone was at the door, whenever we opened it and let them in, she would immediately greet them with a friendly curiosity. She would shed at certain times of the year, but a good dog brush usually took pretty good care of that. She rarely chewed on our shoes and etc... as long as we provided her with her own chew toys. In the rare instances where she would chew something she wasn't supposed too, she always showed remorse with that "I'm sorry" look, knowing she was going in the crate as punishment. She rode well in the car and loved to go for rides, no matter how long they were. We used to take her with us on family trips often. They never get very big. They are like miniature collies. Out of all the dogs my family ever owned, that Shetland sheepdog was by far my favorite. I totally recommend them as a family dog--especially for those who prefer a smaller dog over a larger one..
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Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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