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Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog

The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is a breed of dog originating from the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

The Shetland Sheepdog is a medium sized dog (41cm), well proportioned (12kg) and elegant in build. It looks like a smaller version of the Rough Collie. It has an expressive head with almond-shaped eyes and medium-sized ears that are usually erect and tilted slightly forward. Its coat is double, with a long, straight outer coat and a soft, dense undercoat. Common coat colors are sable, black, and blue merle, often with distinctive white markings.

The Shetland Sheepdog is known to be intelligent, loyal and observant. He is extremely devoted to his family and is generally friendly towards children and other pets. He can be a little reserved with strangers, but he is not aggressive. He is a sensitive dog that responds well to positive training and early socialization.

He is an active dog that requires a good amount of exercise and mental stimulation to be happy and balanced. Daily walks, play sessions, and obedience activities can help meet his physical and mental needs. The Shetland Sheepdog is also known for its herding instinct and may be interested in herding work activities.

The Shetland Sheepdog has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years. As with any breed of dog, they can be predisposed to certain health conditions, including eye problems and skin problems. Regular visits to the veterinarian, a balanced diet and proper coat care are essential to maintaining its health and well-being.

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