Once the Scottish farmer’s best friend, the Shetland Sheepdog is one of the most intelligent breeds. Appearance wise, Shetland Sheepdogs look like a smaller version of the Rough Coated Collie, however they are two distinctly different breeds. Due to their protective nature, Shelties are quick to bark at anything out of the ordinary. To this day they retain their natural herding instinct, which will include anything from squirrels, rabbits, children, and cars. Shetland Sheepdogs are a good choice of dog for working people because they are content to stay at home alone, provided you give them ample amount of attention once you return. The soft and sweet temperament of a Sheltie is sure to please!
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Shelties do well in apartments as long as their owners are committed to providing walks and playtime activities - most importantly mental exercises including fetch, obedience, or playing hide and seek. Training them requires gentle and positive reinforcement as their feelings are easily hurt by harsh treatment. They are sensitive to harsh environments with high tension, loud voices, and too much rough housing. Be careful not to overfeed these dogs as they tend to gain weight very easily.
Common Health Issues
Shetland Sheepdogs are prone to: Collie Eye Anomaly, Von Willebrand's Disease, Canine Hip Dysplasia, Dermatomyositis.