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Shetland Sheepdog Breed Fact Sheet

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Shetland Sheepdog Breed Information

Group 5: Working Dogs

Energy Level: High

Original Function: sheep herder

Temperament: Affectionate and responsive to his owner, reserved towards strangers, never nervous.

Characteristics: Alert, gentle, intelligent, strong and active.

Recommended for: Most people/families.

Lifespan: 12-14 years


Height: 33 - 41cm (13 - 16" )

Colour: Tri-colours, sable or blue merles.

Coat: Outercoat long straight & harsh, shorter undercoat.

General Appearance: Medium sized body. Wedge shaped head with almond shaped eyes & small semi erect ears. Tail is long & coated.
Small, long haired, working dog of great beauty, free from cloddiness and coarseness, action lithe and graceful. Outline symmetrical so that no part appears out of proportion to whole. Abundant coat, mane and frill, shapeliness of head and sweetness of expression combine to present the ideal.



The Shetland Sheepdog has been developed over the centuries on the Shetland Islands, were it was used for herding sheep.
They are extremely intelligent and easy to train; they do very well in obedience. They make wonderful family pets, as they love to be around you and are very affectionate. They are very alert so make great watchdogs; they tend to be shy with strangers.

Grooming- the coat needs regular brushing to keep it knot free and looking good. Bath when necessary or dry shampoo.

Exercise- love to run around and play games, daily walks and plays will keep them fit and happy.

Health- This breed can suffer from some eye problems.
For Diet and other general dog health information Health/Nutrition


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