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Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdogs are intelligent and highly trainable. They are known for their alertness and quick reflexes, making them excellent herding dogs. They are also highly adaptable and can excel in various dog sports such as obedience, agility, and tracking. Shelties are generally friendly and affectionate with their family, but they can be reserved with strangers. They are good with children and other pets when properly socialized. Shelties have a strong herding instinct and may try to herd people or other animals.

History

The Shetland Sheepdog originated in the Shetland Islands of Scotland. They were developed by crossing the local working dogs with Rough Collies brought to the islands by mainlanders. The breed was initially used for herding and guarding livestock, particularly sheep. Shelties were recognized as a distinct breed in the early 20th century and gained popularity as companion dogs in the United States and other countries.

Temperament

Shetland Sheepdogs are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and agility.

Care

Shelties require regular grooming to maintain their beautiful double coat. They shed moderately throughout the year and have a heavier shedding period twice a year. Regular brushing, bathing as needed, and nail trimming are important parts of their care routine. Shelties also benefit from mental stimulation and training to keep their intelligent minds engaged.

Size

The average size of male Shetland Sheepdogs is 13-16 inches (33-41 cm) at the shoulder, while females are slightly smaller at 12-15 inches (30-38 cm).

Weight

The average weight of male Shetland Sheepdogs is 14-27 pounds (6-12 kg), while females weigh slightly less at 12-22 pounds (5-10 kg).

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