Energetic, hard-headed, and good-natured goof-balls is what describes the Sheltie's personality. They are sweet-natured, serious, and introvert dogs, who love anyone and everyone they know. So, if you are planning dog adoption and have your heart set on a cute Sheltie puppy, the following information will help you confirm your choice.
The Shetland Collie was recognized as a breed by the Kennel Club, England in 1909. Many Collie breeders objected to the name and thus, Shetland Sheepdog was recognized as the breed name in 1914 by the Kennel Club, England. The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1911 and the Canadian Kennel Club recognized the Shetland Sheepdog in 1930.
They have a long, straight outer coat and a dense undercoat. Thus, helping them stay cool in summer and warm in winter. The coat colors are sable and white that ranges from gold to mahogany in shades. The second coat color is a tri-colored coat that includes black, white, and tan. The third coat color is blue merle that includes white, black, and tan.
They have pointy ears, long gentle faces, and bushy tails. They look like a fox and are very cute. The female Shelties tend to shed more than the males.
They belong to the herding breed and thus need to be given a job to do. If they do not have livestock to overlook, they hurdle up the children, thus, get along very well with children and love to play with them.
They need something to do all the time, to help release their energy or you will have a constantly yapping dog who is just trying to dissipate its energy levels. They love to work with people and score the highest in the obedience category.
If you do not provide sufficient exercise and mental stimulation, the dog will tend to show negative behavior like nervousness, excessive barking, and shyness. Many of these breeds that are bought from pet stores or backyard breeders, who know very little about the breed tend to be fearful, high-strung, yappy, and nip a lot.
If the breed is bred well, they will be very well-behaved and active. The poorly bred Sheltie dogs have an unpredictable temperament and thus are not suitable for families with little children.
The Sheltie dog's life span is about 12 - 14 years. They are prone to many health problems and proper care will ensure a long and full life expectancy.
The breed is great for a new dog owner. They are very healthy and even-tempered when treated well. They are always eager to please and therefore you will not encounter many behavior problems.
These are good apartment dogs, as long as you fulfill their requirements of daily mental and physical exercise and play. Your kids will love their new pet and even enjoy training it for various dog shows.