About Shetland Sheepdogs
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.