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Shetland Sheepdog

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Dog Breed Group
Herding Dogs 
Origin of Breed
Scotland 
Life Expectancy
12 - 14 Years 
Color
Sable, tricolor, blue merle, black and white and black and tan. 
Coat
Outer coat of long, straight, harsh-textured hair; soft, short-haired close undercoat. 
Exercise Needs
Needs plenty of active exercise. 
Temperament
Active, intelligent, loyal, affectionate. 
Good with Children
Is good with children, as long as they are not too rowdy Gets along well with other dogs, cats and small animals. 
Grooming Needs
Regular brushing is important. Mist the coat lightly with water before you begin and tease out mates. Check behind the ears, hin 
Average Size - Male (in)
13 - 16 
Average Size - Female (in)
13 - 16 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
14 - 16 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
14 - 16 
Health Issues
Generally healthy, may suffer from cataracts and progressive retinal atrophy.v
Living Conditions
He will adapt to small living quarters if given daily sufficient exercise making him good in a suburban home or an apartment. 

Breed Description

The Shetland Sheepdog bears resemblance to the Rough Collie. Strong, nimble and lightly built the Sheltie is a fast runner and can jump well. Shetland Sheepdog puppies are beguiling and exhibit a desire to please from a very young age. Intuitive and responsive to his owner's wishes, he makes a charming family pet. Take care that he is not startled teased, or left alone as he can be barky when excited or lonely. Claiming ancestry from the Collies of Scotland the Shetland Sheepdog arrived from the Shetland Islands to mainland England before World War I. The Sheltie has been bred true in the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland for more than 135 years.

Breed Infobits

The Shetland Sheepdog closely resembles the Rough Collie but is in fact a breed in its own right.
The Shetland Sheepdog is a very intelligent dog that can be trained to the highest levels.

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