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       The Shetland Sheepdog
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The Shetland Sheepdog (known as a Sheltie) originated in 
the  Shetland Islands.  Although the standard size is 
between 13-16" at the shoulders, shelties can be as small 
as 10" and as large as 22".  Smaller shelties have weighed 
  About Us    as light as 8 lbs. and the bigger ones tipped the scales at 
55 lbs.  Neither size nor weight affect the personality of 
the dog.


Sheltie colors vary.  Most people are familiar with the look

of a "little Lassie" which is sable and white.  This can range

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in shade from a very light "golden" color to a dark   

mahogany referred to as "shaded sables".  Tri-color is 

black with tan and white markings on the face and lower

body.  Bi-blacks are black with white markings.  Blue 

merle is gray, black, tan and white and no two appear 

alike.  Bi-blue is gray, black and white.
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While shelties shed heavily twice per year, normal 
shedding can be kept to a minimum with regular  
grooming.  Shelties  need to be brushed at least once a
week for about 30 minutes.  Regular grooming with the
correct tools will keep your sheltie looking its best and 
  Upcoming Events shedding to a minimum.
                          - Personality Traits - 
Shelties make wonderful family pets.  They are extremely 
intelligent animals that love to please their owners.
  Gift Shop  Shelties are loyal, friendly and protective of their families.
While some can be very shy, most are cautious with 
strangers but will warm up in time.
Shelties are well known as "barkers" and some are worse  
than others.  Obedience training (which shelties just love) 
  How You Can Help and discouraging unnecessary or inappropriate barking 
helps.  It is best to begin working on the barking when 
your dog first arrives in your home. 
Because shelties originally were bred as herding dogs,  
many of these herding instincts still remain strong in some 
  Shelter/Rescue Links  dogs.  They can "herd" the children, other pets and even 
family members.  Running or spinning in circles is not an 
uncommon behavior with an excited sheltie.
Shelties normally get along with other dogs, but prefer 
other shelties.  Although most of them are good with 
children - some have no tolerance for them.  Because they 
love being with their "people", they make great companion 


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