The Complete Shetland Sheepdog


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Shetland Sheepdogs are like smaller versions of Rough Collies, and are very similar in character, though some can be nervy, and they tend to be noisier. It's a good idea to check out the temperament of a pup's parents, since these dogs do vary in terms of temperament. They are a little delicate for families with children, though they can get on very well with sensible children who respect them. Shetland Sheepdogs are especially suitable for people with experience of dogs who want a smaller breed which likes exercise and is not likely to pull you over on walks. They are popular among retired people who feel they no longer have the strength for a bouncier, larger dog.

They are responsive dogs, so can be very rewarding with owners who have time to spend on them. Shelties are versatile, and can perform well in obedience competitions, as well as enjoying a range of activities. They are less likely to bark and develop other undesirable habits if they have enough to do. They benefit from a daily walk, and enjoy playing games indoors if it's too unpleasant outside for more than a short walk.. These are not dogs to choose because they are cute, and look like they are small enough to live in a flat. They need exercise and mental stimulation, like any herder, and they also need daily grooming, to look their best.

Common health problems include those common to Rough Collies, such as eye trouble, as well as digestive problems. This is a good introductory guide to Shetland Sheepdogs by someone who clearly loves the breed. Their history is covered, and there is a good portrait of their character, as well as useful advice on general care and training.