The Sheltie Archives
Welcome to our Sheltie archives for a complete list of all our articles on Shetland Sheepdogs.
222 Totally Adorable Sheltie Pictures - 222 totally cute Sheltie pictures reveal how puppies develop in the first year of life, how Shelties shrink down in the bath, and how to photograph your fast-moving furball.
Can Dogs Really Smell Cancer in Humans? - Astonishingly, yes. And now, certain breeds with the best sense of smell are being trained to detect cancer in patient samples with up to 95% success.
101 Shelties in The Bath - 101 Sheltie lovers share their cute, funny and oh-so-sorrowful photos of their dripping wet Shelties in the bath.
101 Cute Sheltie Puppies - 101 cute Sheltie puppy pictures sent in by our Sheltie Planet readers. Get ready for complete fluff overload because these guys will melt your heart. Silly, curious, playful, sleepy, bashful... oh wait now I'm naming dwarves.
The Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds - Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds
What are the top 10 most intelligent dog breeds in the US? 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.
33 Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs - A list of popular foods like grapes, onions, tomatoes and avocados that can cause anything from a stomach upset to death in dogs.
The Shetland Sheepdog FAQ - How much do Shelties bark? How do I groom my Sheltie? Should I teach my Sheltie to swim? How long do Shelties live for? Our Sheltie FAQ answers your questions about raising a Shetland Sheepdog for a healthy, happy life.
53 Cute Sheltie Antics to Make You Laugh - I asked our Sheltie Planet readers: what's the cutest thing your Sheltie has done recently? Here are the hilarious responses. Which of these has your Sheltie sprung on you before?
The Genius of Slow Feed Dog Bowls - Does your Sheltie eat too fast? Does he suffer bloating and hiccups after meals? Slow down Mr Gobble Guts with a slow feed dog bowl.
Why Do Shelties Sleep on Their Backs? - Why do Shelties sleep on their backs with all four paws in the air? Actually, a lot of dog breeds do this, and it's totally adorable. There's an interesting psychological reason behind this open posture and it tells you a lot about how much he trusts you and his overall mood.
Sheltie Meetup Photos (Auckland) - Today we had our first official Sheltie Meetup in Auckland, New Zealand. Thanks so much to Sue and Gareth for hosting 15 Shelties and their respective humans, who were also quite excitable given the circumstances.
A Tale of Dog Sitters - What happens when you leave your beloved Shelties behind for a four-week trip overseas? They fall in love with the dog sitters of course.
What Makes a Good Dog Bed? - What makes a good dog bed? Warmth? Comfort? Security? Teach your Shetland Sheepdog to get off your human bed and love his own bit of bedding with these top dog beds.
What is The Best Dog Leash? - Decide which is the best leash for your dog: the standard leash, the retractable leash, or the halter leash. Includes tips on dog training and obedience.
The Dog Whisperer Review - My Dog Whisperer review (Season One). What I've learned from Cesar Millan's dog-umentary and his simple dog training techniques and how it relates to Shelties.
How To Photograph Your Dog - These are my 10 tips on photographing your dog, from choosing the perfect setting and camera angle, to being patient and capturing your pet in the moment.
Rob's 50 Funny Sheltie Cartoons - Cartoonist and animal lover, Rob Middleton, has put together a collection of 50 Funny Sheltie Cartoons for download. Fall in love with the quirky nature of Shetland Sheepdogs all over again in these adorable cartoon sketches.
Sheltie Puppy Development in 16 Pictures - How do Sheltie puppies develop and what do they look like growing up? Sheltie puppies go through rapid developments after birth, maturing into adult dogs by 1-2 years. Check out these growth stages in photos to see the transition.
Dusty, Our Singing Shetland Sheepdog - Dusty had the Sheltie singing trait and sang to me every day when I would come home... He lived with hip dysplasia in both hips and was on meds most of his life but never complained...
Our Sandy Sunshine by David & Debbie Cochener - Sandy the Sheltie was 10 years old when she came to bless our family. Her gait was sprightly and so was her spirit. If left to her own devices she could...
PRESS RELEASE: Launch of New Shetland Sheepdog Forum - Celebrate the launch of our new Shetland Sheepdog Forum hosted by Sheltie Planet. Registration is free and it's a great place to meet other fans of this unique dog breed.
Sheltie Puppy Training Reviews - Discover the best Sheltie puppy training resources for your sensitive little pooch. Includes comparisons of the top dog training courses.
My FURminator Review - Just how good is the FURminator for Shelties? Watch a video demo and find out the best way to groom your Sheltie with this amazing tool.
The Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds - What are the top 10 most popular dog breeds in the US? The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 190 dog breeds, each boasting unique qualities. Here are the top ten dog breeds ranked by popularity among pet owners, based on dog registrations with the AKC.
Our Tribute to Tessie The Sheltie by Jennifer Sanders - A tribute to our Tessie the Sheltie, who we adopted with a heart condition and other health problems but who gave us 2.5 years of wonderful companionship.
Sadie The Sheltie's Battle with FCE by Melissa Smith - The story of a beautiful Sheltie named Sadie, who was struck down with suspected FCE while running in the park. All about Sadie's diagnosis and recovery.
Interview with Dove Cresswell - An interview with Dove Cresswell, professional dog trainer in TV and film, and creator of Puppy and Dog Training online videos.
Finn and Polly Happy at Last by Judith Bluhm-Brown - My daughters were so excited when I made the decision to get a dog, we wasted no time go to Shenton Park Dog Refuge here in Perth, Western Australia...
Donate to Sheltie Planet - Please donate if you can afford to and have enjoyed this website. Your donations make a real difference to our lives.
Free Sheltie Wallpaper - Grab one of our cute desktop wallpapers featuring the adorable Howard and Piper with scenic backgrounds.
Coco's Sheltie Blog (November 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.
Please Help Nancy & Ceili - Nancy Rutland is one of our readers in a terrifying situation and we would like to make a personal appeal for your help.
Coco's Sheltie Blog (October 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.
Bruiser and Missy by Kimberley Herr - For my graduation from college, my husband surprised me with Bruiser, a Tri Colored Sheltie. He was my baby...
Coco's Sheltie Blog (September 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.
Coco's Sheltie Blog (August 2010 Archives) - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.
What is The Best Dog Food? - A look at some alarming dog food scams and what ingredients to avoid in kibble. Plus, how to achieve a healthy Sheltie diet naturally.
Lady Duchess, My Tri Color Sheltie, by Estella Guerrero - Living in a mobile home, the search was on for a small dog to keep my husband company while he worked from home. And that's how we met Lady Duchess...
10 Things I Love About Shelties - Shelties are a beautiful dog breed, with their own special characteristics. This is my personal list of 10 things I love about them.
Our Beautiful Sadie by Margaret Schiffer - My husband Dan and I had just become empty nesters and we didn't like it one bit. Not prone to starting over with a baby, we thought we would try a dog.
Our Sheltie and Collie Family by Margaret Lakofsky - We lost our beautiful mahogany Sheltie, Katie, last June. She was named Lakofsky's Katie Scarlett after Gone With The Wind...
Dacia's Story by Agi Cortez - They are Cat People. And there are Dog People. And then there are Sheltie people. We are definitely Sheltie people.
Our Little Lady by Susan Cox - Our Little Lady has quite a background story before we adopted her in 2010, bless her little heart. I found that face and fell in love...
The Story of Lucky and Chase by Julie Smith - The first Sheltie I ever owned arrived mysteriously in my backyard.
Sarah The Sheltie by Christina O'Donnell - I was watching Oprah and there was an episode about puppy mills, it made me so sad. So my husband and I...
Lady and Indy by Mary Patterson - Our Lady Patterson was a little person dressed in a dog suit. She loved and lived to be with us and we with her...
My Name is Lucy by Karen Cunningham Johnson - My name is Lucy. I am 5.5 lbs and so very happy at my new home after three weeks...
Your Sheltie Tales - From cute anecdotes to tear-jerking life stories of Shelties past... Learn about the beautiful nature of these sweet companion dogs.
Sheltie Breeders in The UK - Find Shetland Sheepdog breeders in the UK with our online breeder directory. Includes websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale.
Is Pet Insurance Worth It? - What if your dog is young and healthy? What if he never suffers any major ailments? Do all policies guarantee savings? The numbers are crunched and the results are in.
Grooming Shelties: How to Groom a Shetland Sheepdog - A complete guide to grooming Shelties - from brushing the thick Sheltie undercoat, to trimming and clipping the nails, to learning how to deal with fleas.
Breeder Focus: An Interview with Mary Bryant of Crosswood Shelties - An interview with professional Shetland Sheepdog breeder, Mary Bryant of Crosswood Shelties. Take a glimpse into the life of breeding and dog shows.
6 Sheltie Health Problems Shetland Sheepdog Owners Should Understand - Being genetically similar, pedigree dog breeds are more likely to suffer from certain inherited diseases. Here are 6 Sheltie health problems known to affect the joints, hips, kneecaps, blood, skin and eyes.
A Guide to Clicker Training - Try this easy dog training method based on operant and classical conditioning to instill any good behavior in your dog.
The Pros and Cons of Spaying a Sheltie - The pros and cons of spaying a Sheltie: from health benefits like preventing cancers and Pyometra, to disadvantages like spay incontinence and aggression.
Sheltie Health and Grooming - Advice on spaying and neutering, grooming, flea and tick prevention, and common Shetland Sheepdog health issues.
The Pros and Cons of Neutering a Sheltie - The pros and cons of neutering a Sheltie: from health benefits on testicular cancer and prostate disease to behavioral factors like aggression and roaming.
Cool Dog Games to Play with Your Shetland Sheepdog - For dogs who don't understand fetch - these are the best games taught by Shelties themselves.
Dealing with Dog Aggression - While most well-bred Shelties are notoriously calm and placid, some can get too big for their boots. Check out this expert advice on training a dominant dog - with tips on resource guarding, socialization and handling.
Separation Anxiety in Shelties - How to deal with separation anxiety in Shelties - an anxiety disorder that tends to affect the more nervous of companion breeds.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Jumping - Learn whether your Sheltie is jumping out of excitement or dominance - and how to stop your Sheltie jumping on visitors.
Fear of Leash Walking in Shelties - What causes a fear of leash walking in Shelties and how can dog training overcome this phobia?
Dealing with Nipping and Play Biting - Is your Sheltie puppy nipping and play biting? Are you worried about it getting rough when he's grown up? Get expert advice on dealing with nipping and puppy biting, safely and with minimum fuss.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Whining - Is your Sheltie's whining driving you nuts? Get free expert advice on why puppies and adult dogs whine - and how to deal with this behavior in Shelties.
The Essentials of Sheltie Puppy Training - The number one rule of puppy training is to build a relationship with your dog based on mutual trust and respect. Here are expert tips on creating that rapport and learning how to communicate with your puppy.
Your Guide to House Training a Puppy - The basics of house training a puppy through crate training or traditional housebreaking with newspapers. Enjoy successful dog toilet training in weeks.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Chewing - Stop your Sheltie chewing your treasured possessions. Learn exactly how to dog proof your home, plus five dog training tips to curb destructive chewing.
How to Stop Your Sheltie Barking - An amazing trick to stop your Sheltie barking. They'll quickly learn to curb their unwanted barking, while still giving one or two alarm barks to fulfil their innate watchdog tendencies.
Sheltie Training: How to Train Your Sheltie Puppy - The Fun Way. - Free Sheltie training articles, from puppy training issues like housebreaking and chewing, to adult dog training like barking, obedience and more.
16 Cute Dog Quotes to Make You Smile - A collection of famous dog quotes to bring a smile to your day. I'm betting you'll recognize your darling Sheltie in more than a few of these.
The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard: A Guide to The Sheltie Standard - 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 requirements breeders have to fulfill in order to successfully show Shelties.
Why Breed to The Standard? - Charlotte Hulett of Sunridge Shelties in Missouri considers the breed Standard after breeding Shelties professionally for 50 years. Her guest article includes comparisons of US and English Champions, and offers five excellent reasons why we should endeavor to breed Shelties correctly.
232 Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The US - There are active Sheltie breeders in California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and many more.
Sheltie Rescue in the US, Canada and UK: Find Shetland Sheepdogs for Adoption in Your Area - Find Sheltie rescues servicing the US, Canada and the UK. We'll help you find Shetland Sheepdogs for adoption today. Includes Oregon, Iowa, Alabama, Wisconsin, Texas, and many more.
101 Sheltie Names to Inspire - A Sheltie's name is important, as you'll be hollering this at the dog park for years to come. Check out our 101 name ideas with pictures and find your perfect Sheltie name today.
Find Sheltie Puppies for Sale Near Me - Breeder listings. Rescue listings. The sad truth about pet stores, puppy mills and general online listings with Sheltie puppies for sale. We've got you covered.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - Search our Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings across the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Active breeders offer pedigree Sheltie puppies for sale.
68 Sheltie Breeders in Canada: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec and More - Search our list of Sheltie breeders in Canada. Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings include Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Manitoba.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in New Zealand - Search our list of Sheltland Sheepdog breeders in New Zealand. There are active NZ Sheltie breeders in the North Island and South Island.
Sheltie Puppies for Sale: Australian Shetland Sheepdog Breeders - Search for Sheltie puppies for sale in 2018. Our Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings cover New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
How to Teach Your Sheltie to Swim - While many owners say their Shelties hate water, it turns out that with training and encouragement, Shelties can take to it like ducks. If you want your furball to become a true water Sheltie, you need to gently encourage lots of positive swimming experiences early on.
Hear Our Shelties Talk - Shelties are among the most vocal of dog breeds and this extends far beyond barking. Check out these adorable Sheltie sounds caught on camera today: you can actually hear our Shelties talk!
How to Socialize a Shy Sheltie Dog - As a submissive breed, Shelties can shy dogs if they aren't sufficiently socialized as puppies. Missing this window of opportunity is a huge loss for the Sheltie in question, but there are ways to boost his confidence and re-train him even as an adult dog.
Have You Seen The Sheltie Smile? - Is the Sheltie smile real? Dog experts say yes, but it's not for the reason we necessarily think. Take a look at the evolutionary roots in wolf behavior and dog psychology that causes your Sheltie to beam at you.
Launch of New Website Dedicated to Shetland Sheepdogs - Celebrate the launch of a new website on Shetland Sheepdogs. Sheltie Planet is a free website created by Becky Turner for fans of this unique dog breed.
Press Releases by Sheltie Planet - Find the latest press releases by Sheltie Planet, the website dedicated to Shetland Sheepdogs and their owners.
The Sheltie Family Tree: Collie Cousins and Greenland Grandparents - The Sheltie family tree includes many Collie breeds as well as the extinct Greenland Yakki. The original Shelties (a Scandinavian Spitz type breed) were mainly crossed with Rough Collies and Border Collies during the 19th and 20th centuries, which is why the modern breeds share so much in common today. Take a look at the different types of Collie breeds and the characteristics of the famous Lassie.
Our Cute Sheltie Videos - Check out my favorite Sheltie videos on You Tube, including a montage of the Sheltie puppy Howard as he grows up, and the hilarious Howard Woofintgton Moon in Concert.
The Story of Miniature SheltiesThe modern Sheltie breed standard, set in 1911 and last updated by the American Kennel Club in 1952, settled on Shetland Sheepdogs being 13-16 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing 15-25 pounds. Anything under 13 inches is considered a miniature Sheltie.
A Guide to Sheltie Puppies - So you're getting a Sheltie puppy and are crazy excited? Been there! Here's how to set up your home for your new puppy and handle basic issues like housetraining and grooming.
The 8 Sheltie Coat Colors - A showcase of all 8 Sheltie colors, with coats of sable, tri color, bi black, blue merle, bi blue, color headed whites, and white factored Shelties. Check out our pictures of these beautiful coat colors and their intriguing genetic causes.
About Shetland Sheepdogs - Explore the Sheltie temperament, appearance, ancestry and lots more. Learn how Shelties rank among other dog breeds in intelligence and popularity as pets, and discover funny personality traits unique to the Shetland Sheepdog breed.
The History of The Sheltie Breed - Shelties are often met with cries of "Look! A mini Lassie!" because they resemble miniature Rough Collies. But Shelties come from a different lineage altogether, with Collie crosses only in the last 100 years. Take a look at our fascinating Sheltie History, tracing the Shetland Sheepdog's evolution from its herding dog origins in Scandinavia.
Welcome to Sheltie Planet - Sheltie Planet is the complete guide to this super cute dog breed. Check out gorgeous Sheltie pictures and learn about the traits of Shetland Sheepdogs.
How to Care for a Shetland Sheepdog Puppy
All puppies are adorable. That's a scientific fact! But the Shetland Sheepdog puppy - with his big floppy ears, beautiful almond eyes, and silky soft fur - knows how to be deliberately cute on demand. Interestingly, sable Sheltie puppies usually have lighter fur when they're young, which deepens and intensifies as they age. In fact, it can take up to two years for the full adult double coat to grow, which is what gives this breed their distinctive look.
How to Clicker Train Your Dog
Clicker training is a gentle training method that uses only positive reinforcement to teach your dog new behaviors. All you need is a good clicker and an understanding about what makes this dog training method work so well, especially with intelligent dogs like Shelties. I'm going to help you get an overview of clicker training here, plus everything you need to get started.
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.