Meet The Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdogs are sensitive, smart, and easy to train. They're loyal family dogs and good with kids if you socialize them as puppies. As a small dog breed, Shelties stand 13-16 inches (33-41cm) at the shoulder and have a moderate need for exercise of 30-60 minutes off-leash per day.

Shelties: The Complete Pet Owner's Guide

The History of The Sheltie Breed

Shelties didn't evolve by breeding smaller and smaller Rough Collies—but actually date back 300 years to Scandinavian dogs imported to the Shetland Islands.

Miniature Shelties

Miniature Shelties, aka Toy Shelties, are an unofficial breed variation measuring under 13 inches. Here's the history, politics, and breeding of these extra small Shelties.

Blue Merle Shelties: Photos, Colors & Genetics

Blue Merle Shelties have a color modification gene which alters the melanin pigment in their fur. Less pigment means less color, resulting in... yes, blue Shelties! Read now

How To Photograph Your Dog

These are my top ten tips on photographing your dog, from choosing the perfect setting and camera angle, to being patient and capturing your pet in the moment.

Cool Dog Games to Play with Shelties

Many dogs love to play fetch or tug-of-war, but Shelties are far more idiosyncratic. Here are some fun games for Shelties that reward their herding instinct.

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.

101 Shelties in The Bath

When I asked Sheltie Planet readers to share their cutest, funniest and oh-so-sorrowful photos of dripping wet Shelties in the tub, this is what I got back.

101 Sheltie Names to Inspire

First off, know that you'll be hollering your Sheltie's name at the dog park for years to come, so you can rule out Mister Bigglesworth right off the bat.

How to Housetrain a Sheltie Puppy

House training a Sheltie puppy is a two-stage process. Start indoors by teaching him to pee and poop on training pads, then at 4 months transition the business outside.

The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard

The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard is a set of guidelines that describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and physical appearance of the Sheltie breed.

8 Dog Events for Shelties in The US

Besides the AKC's 22,000 competitive dog events each year, there are hundreds of US-based pet expos and dog days out where you can meet all kinds of breeds.

Becky Casale Bio: Creator of Sheltie Planet

Becky Casale runs the blogs Sheltie Planet and Science Me. She is a Biology undergrad and has two human babies. Meet her famous Shelties Howard and Piper if you can handle the fluff!


Shelties: The Complete Pet Owner's Guide