Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand
Search our 2018 Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings across the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Active breeders offer pedigree Sheltie puppies for sale.
This section details local Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings. Our 2018 list of Sheltie breeders covers all of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Hit your country link below to search now, or read on to learn about the processes breeders undergo to select for Shelties of good health and temperament.
If you're looking for an older puppy or adult dog in need of a second chance, take a look at our Sheltie rescue listings which cover the US, UK and Canada.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The US
Click to search our 2018 list of Sheltland 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 more.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in Canada
Click to search our 2018 list of Sheltie breeders in Canada. We identify websites, emails, phone numbers and Facebook pages so you can easily make contact. Listings include Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Manitoba.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The UK
Click to search our 2018 Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings in the UK. We work hard to identify websites, emails, phone numbers and Facebook pages so you can easily make contact. Find Sheltie puppies for sale in England, Scotland, Northen Ireland and Wales.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in Australia
Click to search for Sheltie puppies for sale in 2018. We work hard to identify websites, emails, phone numbers and Facebook pages so you can easily make contact. Our Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings cover New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in NZ
Click to search our 2018 list of Sheltland Sheepdog breeders in New Zealand. We work hard to identify websites, emails, phone numbers and Facebook pages so you can easily make contact. There are active NZ Sheltie breeders in the North Island and South Island.
Beware of Puppy Mills
Before you buy a puppy from a breeder - or even think about buying a puppy from a pet store or online - we urge you to read about inhumane breeding practices. Puppy mills are exhaustive breeding operations, with dogs crammed in small cages and euthanized once worn out. Posing as professional breeders, puppy mills account for 500,000 designer dogs a year. Ignorance is not bliss.
The Science of Sheltie Breeding
Shetland Sheepdogs wouldn't exist without the careful breeding practices of knowledgeable dog breeders. That's because specific dog breeds have specific genetic templates. The Sheltie template expresses itself as the physical appearance and temperament common to all purebred Shelties. Once you start to dilute this genetic template, by crossbreeding with dogs of other breeds, you quickly lose the features of the Sheltie forever.
Each breed template is, of course, based on what humans prefer to see in their dogs. Shetland Sheepdogs were originally bred to watch over diminutive sheep herds on the Shetland Islands of Scotland. Early breeders deliberately selected for size, coat quality, desire to alarm bark, and instinct for herding. When they had a desirable trait in a Sheltie, breeders made sure to mate that dog with their finest examples of Shelties, so their puppies would inherit the trait too.
This is known as artificial selection. When humans don't intervene in animal breeding, it's known as natural selection. Both are essential drivers of evolution: the emergence of new species through genetic mutation. Dogs are all the same species because they are genetically similar enough to successfully mate regardless of breed. But it's the unique interference by humans in dog mating that has led to the numerous and distinct dog breeds we know today.
Professional Shetland Sheepdog breeders continue to seek ideal examples of appearance, temerpament and health in their dogs. They use genetic testing to eliminate inheritable diseases from the gene pool. They attend dog shows to gain official recognition of the quality of their Shelties, and use award-winning dogs to breed new litters. Shelties tend to product litters of 4-6 puppies, and due to natural genetic variation (owing to dominant and recessive genes) not all of them will be suitable for breeding or the show ring. These are the puppies you will find for sale by breeders.
Now compare this to the practice of backyard breeding, a catch-all term for accidental or deliberate breeding by pet owners, as well as people who might call themselves professionals but don't really invest the time or energy into producing outstanding healthy dogs. The reasons for backyard breeding are very different from professional breeding, and are usually profit-focused or because their owners thought it would be cute. Sadly, with so many unwanted dogs - including Shelties - sitting in rescue shelters, often the result of backyard breeding (or worse, puppy mills) it can hardly be justified as an ethical breeding practice.
Want to help a Sheltie in need? Search our updated Sheltie rescue listings and find your new best fur-friend.