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
Ever since Dobby was born, he's been nothing but a happy and playful dog. It seemed like right out of the womb, Dobby would play with his fellow brothers and sisters. Dobby loves to lick, play, and fetch. He sleeps with me and greets me every morning at my bedside. Never, ever, seems to have a dull or tired look/attitude. You could beat this dog and he would love you to the fullest. (Do NOT beat a dog.)
Pros- Always ready to just go, go, go, Never seems to get cranky, great with kids, and a Beautiful breed to have(always get complimented)
Cons- Sometimes way too energetic, can get in the way if you have a small living space(though they don't grow very big), needs room to run, and grooming.
From NMShoe Aug 5 2015 8:43PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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