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Shetland Sheepdog

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Shetland Sheepdog Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Ms Danni Evans
Phone: 0413 551 678

Brief History
The Shetland Sheepdog originated in the Shetland Isles. Often called “Shelties”, they were used by crofters as a sheepdog and guardian of the farm.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 12 to 15 years.

Shelties are loyal, intelligent, sensitive and easily trained dogs, who adore their family, but may show reserve towards strangers.

General Breed Description
The Sheltie is a small, long coated working dog of great beauty, with a very sweet expression. They have an abundant coat, mane and frill. The Sheltie coat colours are sable, tricolour, blue merle, bi-black and bi-blue. They are an intelligent breed which responds very well to training, and enjoys obedience, agility, rally and herding.

Coat and Care Requirements
The Sheltie double coat needs a moderate commitment to grooming but is easily maintained. A thorough brush on a weekly basis will keep the coat in good order.  Bathing should be undertaken as necessary.

Height: Males 37cms (14.5ins), Females 35.5cms (14ins).

Breed Health
All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Sheltie is generally a healthy breedhowever health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Collie Eye Anomoly (CEA) and other hereditary diseases.

They are adaptable companions for families or individuals, active people or those with a quieter lifestyle. The Sheltie do not require a lot of space and is a wonderful watchdog. He is usually affable with all family members, but as with all breeds of dog, should never be left unsupervised with young children.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:

Registered Breeders