Shetland Sheepdog

Description

The appearance of the Shetland Sheepdog closely resembles a Collie. It has somewhat long body and a profuse amount of fur down the length of its chest. Its head is triangular in shape with a proportionate muzzle. The muzzle is somewhat vague. Its legs are somewhat short for its body and are muscular. The front legs are straight and the hind legs are angled. Its back is straight and muscular. The neck is also well muscled and is elongated. It has a deep chest. The tail is moderately long and is typically carried at the hocks. The coat is profuse on most of its body. It is very straight and coarse. The fur surrounding the facial features should be softer and closer to its skin.

Temperament

The Shetland Sheepdog is an expressive breed that is a wonderful pet for the whole family. It is good-natured and gives it owner respect. The breed is loving and also playful. It is fine with children as long as they are kind and don’t attempt to mistreat it. The breed usually gets along with other pets, but may become aggressive if a pet is very large or in any other way intimidating. It is loyal and makes a good watchdog.

Height and Weight

The Shetland Sheepdog stands 13-16 inches tall and weighs and average of 14-16 pounds.

Health Problems

The Shetland Sheepdog may develop some health problems. Hip dysplasia and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) are the most common health conditions. Although rare, this breed may also develop cataracts and epilepsy.

Ideal Living Conditions

Although the Shetland Sheepdog can equally tolerate indoor and outdoor living conditions, the breed is better living outdoors. The breed

Exercise

The Shetland Sheepdog is an energetic breed that will remain active whether it is outdoors or indoors. It is essential, however, that types kept indoors have more opportunities for exercise.

Life Expectancy

The Shetland Sheepdog has an average life expectancy of 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The Shetland Sheepdog has an average of 4-6 puppies.

Grooming

Brush the coat of the Shetland Sheepdog and you will be 90% done with its grooming needs. The coat sheds twice a year and more grooming is needed at this time. Other tasks that will keep the breed looking healthy include checking its ears and bathing it occasionally.

Origin

Great Britain

Group

Herding

Color

The Shetland Sheepdog is typically a blue merle. It may also have a coat of white and black and light brown and tan.