Acquired: Pet store
Posted November 26, 2013
Weighing only 12 pounds, the Shetland Sheepdog is an ideal dog for a variety of pet owners. If you are an elderly man or woman looking for a companion, the Sheltie will be right there at your side. If you are a child looking for a friend to play with and chase/be chased, the Sheltie will be right there at your side. If you are a single man or woman looking for a dog that will make you feel special and less alone, the Sheltie will be right there at your side. If you are starting to see a trend here then you're right. No matter who you are or what your circumstances are, the Sheltie will be right there at your side.
Shetland Sheepdogs are small dogs with huge hearts. These are very loyal dogs who love to love and be loved. As the name implies, they were originally bred as herding dogs. As a result they are very attentive, intelligent, energetic, and agile. These qualities makes the Sheltie easy to train. The catch, though, is that you must spend plenty of time with this breed outdoors playing fetch or letting them run and explore. These dogs need to be stimulated! If you don't have the property, they are small enough to run around inside without causing damage. Because of their size, they make excellent apartment/small house pets.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a healthy and emotionally strong dog that will stay your best friend for many years. They have a long, thick coat that needs to be maintained so as to prevent matted hair. It is best to have them groomed professionally, however, do not have their hair cut too short as it serves as a natural form of protection from damaging UV rays that are known to cause cancer in Shelties.
As far as potty training is concerned, it is fairly easy for this pet to learn. If you are going to be out of the house for extended periods of time make sure to leave a pee pad down so they can poop/pee without going on your floors or furniture. They need to be trained to use these pads in order for them to work though.
Feeding this dog is easy and cheap. Since they are so small they can be washed with ease, preventing expensive bills at the groomer.