Shetland Sheepdog Breed Profile


KC Group Pastoral

Size Medium

Good with children? Yes

Good guard dogs? Would bark

Moulting level Medium

Grooming Heavy

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Short runs

Shetland Sheepdog Breed Profile

Loyal, obedient, strong yet gentle. The Sheltie is a charming pet in the house - although it might try to herd the kids!

History of the Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Isles are well known for their miniaturised animals, examples being both the tiny Shetland pony, and Shetland sheep. The Shetland Sheepdog is the perfect size to work with these native animals. One of the Sheltie’s jobs was to keep the sheep off the farmer’s unfenced crops. If any of the sheep tried to sneak in for a tasty nibble, the ever-alert Sheltie would be quick to drive them away with his loud barking, a behaviour that explains why — even today — he is not a quiet dog! This breed’s local Shetland names include the Toonie Dog (the crofter’s dog) and the Peerie (fairy dog).

Shetland Sheepdog character

Highly intelligent, loyal and devoted to the family. A good watchdog, good with children but reserved with strangers. The Breed Standard describes them as "alert, gentle, intelligent, strong and active". Can be yappy, but also can be trained not to be! Likes the company of people.

Shetland Sheepdog size

Medium. The Breed Standard stipulates height for dogs at 37cm, bitches 36cm.

Shetland Sheepdog health

Generally healthy, although has a higher-than-average tendency towards eye infection

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Shetland Sheepdog care

Watch out for over-feeding - they can be quite greedy so keep an eye on their weight.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.