About Shetland Sheepdogs
Learn about the origins of the Shetland Sheepdog, to the modern day Sheltie breed standard, and how Shelties are different from the famous Lassie dog.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a beautiful, intelligent, sensitive and affectionate dog breed. Shelties are family-oriented dogs, making them very loyal to their human pack. They are also great with kids if you socialize them early. And they are great lap dogs!
Typically standing at 13-16 inches tall and weighing 15-23 pounds, Shelties are a small to medium dog breed with a moderate need for exercise. Unlike some herding dogs, they don't need to run around all day. They are perfectly happy living in a city apartment or a country residence - as long as they get out and about for at least 30-60 minutes every day.
Our Sheltie FAQ covers many common questions about raising a Shetland Sheepdog and giving it a healthy, happy life.
The Shetland Sheepdog is often met with cries of "Oh look! A mini Lassie dog!" -- because it resembles a miniature Rough Collie. But Shelties come from different breeding lines, with Collie crosses only in the last 100 years. Take a look at our fascinating Sheltie History, tracing the evolution of the Shetland Sheepdog from its herding dog origins in Scandinavia, to Collie crosses in the Shetland Islands.
There are three different Sheltie colors defined by the AKC breed standard. These are sable (including sable merle), black (including bi black and tri color), and blue merle (including bi blue). There are also more Sheltie breed coat variations like double merle and color headed whites (CHWs). Check out our pictures of these beautiful coat colors and their intriguing genetic variations.
What's the truth about miniature Shelties? They may look cute, but toy breeds can suffer from serious health problems and frequently come out of puppy mills. It's not unnatural to have the occasional undersized Sheltie pop up today as a genetic throwback. But far more often it's the result of disturbing breeding practices.
The Sheltie family includes many Collie breeds. They were mainly crossed with Rough Collies and Border Collies during the 19th and 20th centuries, which is why the three modern breeds share so much in common today. Take a look at the different types of Collies and the characteristics of the famous Rough Collie (aka Lassie!)
Here are some cute photos of a Sheltie puppy growing up into a mature adult dog, revealing the changes in the face and body as the thick double coat comes in. These pictures are a good way of helping new Shetland Sheepdog puppy owners understand what their baby furball might look like in the near future.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a beautiful dog breed with lots of great personality traits. They are family-oriented dogs, making them very loyal to their human pack. If you're looking for a new family pet there are, of course, lots of fantastic dog breeds to choose from. I decided to write 10 Things I Love About Shelties to convey just what it is that make Shetland Sheepdogs such wonderful companions.
What are the Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds in the US? Do Shelties make the list? The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 178 dog breeds, each boasting unique qualities. Here are the top ten dog breeds in 2014, ranked by popularity among pet owners, based on dog registrations with the AKC.
What are the Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds in the US? And where do Shelties fit in? Dogs can be smart in different ways: a breed with an acute and wellhoned ability to work will be quick to learn how to do its job. Other breeds may be so eager to please their people that they're attentive and highly trainable.
I love taking photos of my Shelties and capturing them in a way that frames that moment forever. Here are me Pet Photography Tips based on what I've learnt using my digital point-and-shoot camera. I hope this helps you get the most out of your dog photography and creates some great images that you will treasure forever.
The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard is a set of guidelines that describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and physical appearance of the Sheltie breed. Learn about the exact requirements breeders have to fulfill in order to successfully breed and show Shelties. Plus, there's further reading on the Standard if you're thinking about becoming a Sheltie breeder.
Charlotte Hulett of Sunridge Shelties in Missouri considers the breed Standard after breeding Shelties professionally for 50 years. Her guest article Why Breed to The Standard? includes comparisons of US and English Champions, and offers five excellent reasons why people should endeavor to breed Shelties correctly.
I hope you enjoy this introduction to the Shetland Sheepdog. To learn more about the Sheltie breed, click Next at the bottom of each page.
How To Photograph Your Dog
One of the reasons I made Sheltie Planet is because I have an abundance of Sheltie photos I wanted to share. I love taking pictures of Howard and Piper and being able to capture them in a way that frames that moment forever. Today I'd like to share some general pet photography tips based on what I've learnt using my digital point-and-shoot camera. I hope this helps you get the most out of your pet photography and creates some great images that you will treasure forever.
The Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds
Dogs can be smart in different ways: a breed with an acute and wellhoned ability to work will be quick to learn how to do its job. Other breeds may be so eager to please their people that they're attentive and highly trainable. But intelligence alone doesn't make a good pet. Owners need to be willing to put in the work to channel a dog's inherent intelligence - and a good owner will understand a dog's natural traits to bring out his natural smarts.
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