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About Shetland Sheepdogs

By Rebecca Turner - download her Sheltie Anthology today

Discover the Sheltie temperament, appearance, trainability, family tree and more. Learn how Shetland Sheepdogs rank among other breeds and discover personality traits unique to Shelties.

The Shetland Sheepdog is an 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 make excellent lap dogs.

Typically standing at 13-16 inches (33-41cm) at the shoulder and weighing 15-25 pounds (7-11kg), 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 long. They are perfectly happy living in a city apartment or a country house, as long as they get active exercise for at least 30-60 minutes every day.


10 Things I Love About Shelties

10 Things I Love About Shelties

The Sheltie is a small dog breed with a strikingly dainty appearance and many special characteristics: alert, eager to please, and extremely talkative. Here's what I love most about the Shetland Sheepdog temperament, personality, looks and beyond.


The History of The Sheltie 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.


The 8 Sheltie Coat Colors

Sheltie 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.


The Sheltie Family Tree

The Sheltie Family Tree

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.


Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds

Top 10 Dog Breeds List

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.


Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds

Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds List

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.


The Story of Miniature Shelties

Miniature Shelties

The 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.


Have You Seen The Sheltie Smile?

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.


Hear Our Shelties Talk

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.


Why Do Shelties Sleep on Their Backs?

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.


How to Socialize a Shy Sheltie Dog

Shy Dogs

As a submissive breed, Shelties can shy dogs if they aren't well socialized as puppies. Missing this window is a huge loss for a Sheltie, but there are ways to help boost his confidence in adulthood.


How to Teach Your Sheltie to Swim

Water Shelties

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.


53 Cute Sheltie Antics to Make You Laugh

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?


16 Cute Dog Quotes to Make You Smile

Cute Dog Quotes

Here are 16 of my favorite dog quotes to bring a smile to your day. Do you recognize your dog in these?


The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard

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. Learn about the requirements breeders have to fulfill in order to successfully show Shelties.


Why Breed to The Standard?

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.


The Shetland Sheepdog FAQ

The Shetland Sheepdog FAQ

How much do Shelties bark? How do I groom my Sheltie? How long do Shelties live for? Our Shetland Sheeodog FAQ covers all the common questions about raising a Sheltie and giving her a healthy, happy life.


Author Bio

Rebecca Turner is a writer studying for a BSc in Zoology at Massey University. She's taken care of Shelties for 10 years and written 100+ articles about the breed. Rebecca has a passion for animal biology and evolution which she writes about on her websites Sheltie Planet and Science Me. Visit Rebecca on LinkedIn or download her complete guide to Shetland Sheepdogs: The Sheltie Anthology.