AKC PuppyFinder: Shetland Sheepdog Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Bright, playful, and energetic
  • Energy Level: Very Active; Shelties enjoy a good run; tap into their herding heritage with tasked-based exercise
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: Yes
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Eager To Please
  • Height: 13-16 inches
  • Weight: 15-25 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-14 years
  • Barking Level: Likes To Be Vocal
Breed Description
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Should you need someone to herd the sheep (or the kids) or just be a great family playmate, the Shetland Sheepdog is the dog for you. This intelligent, affectionate breed excels at dog sports like agility, obedience and herding trials. They're playful and loving with their family and can be a bit reserved with strangers. They'll let you know someone's at the door by barking, and barking some more. give your shetland sheepdog puppy obedience training and lots of exercise, both physical and mental, keeping in mind that he loves the chase. you'll be rewarded with a smart, playful and loving companion.

History & Job
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Origin: Scotland

Year Recognized: 1911

Breed History & Job Description: Shelties were bred to help farmers herd sheep, ponies, and chickens on farms in the Shetland Islands. Because of the harsh weather, the small size of these animals was preferable as they required less food and had a better chance of survival (this is the same reason that Shetland ponies are also small). Shelties are related to the larger Collie, with a strong family resemblance and similar job descriptions. But the two have been classified as distinctly different breeds for many years.

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Shetland Sheepdogs are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like hip and elbow dysplasia and eye disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Shetland Sheepdogs are healthy dogs.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: American Shetland Sheepdog Association
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.assa.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Herding
  • 2016 Popularity: 24
  • Breed Referral Contact: Barbara L Aulbach - 503-543-7556
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Click here to see all Shetland Sheepdog Rescue Groups.


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