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Shetland Sheepdog Breed

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Shetland Sheepdog


The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Dwarf Scotch Shepherd, the Shetland Collie, the Toonie Dog, the Peerie, the Fairy Dog and the Sheltie, is basically a small working rough-coated collie. It was bred to control flocks of sheep and herds of cattle. It is a naturally willing, obedient and kind breed that excels in obedience and agility competitions as well as in the show ring. It is perhaps best known for its beautiful appearance and its affectionate disposition as a beloved family companion. It is reserved around strangers, but not aggressively so.

The mature Sheltie should stand between 13 and 16 inches at the shoulder and typically weighs between 14 and 20 pounds. The Sheltie’s coat is double, long and dense, with mane and frill being abundant, especially on males. Acceptable colors include black, blue merle and sable, marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan.

Shetland Sheepdog Breed Quick Facts

  • Adaptability
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  • Apartment Friendly
  • Barking Tendencies
  • Cat Friendly
  • Child Friendly
  • Dog Friendly
  • Exercise Need
  • Grooming Needs
  • Health Issues
  • Intelligence
  • Playfulness
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