If you are looking for a dog breed that could serve as your companion at the farm, at home, or simply the best playmate of your children, the Shetland Sheepdog is a good choice. This dog breed is commonly known as the Sheltie. It is a herding dog which appears to be the smaller relative of the Collie. But despite its size, this dog is highly intelligent, a hard worker, agile and flexible, gentle with children, and definitely adorable.
Shelties have long snouts and a narrow head. Their ears are rounded and stand up. They’re also deep-chested with level-back torsos. They have straight hair and a dense undercoat ranging from sable to black to blue to merle. Overall, shelties have the look of a miniature collie.
Instinctively protective of their family and loved ones, Shelties are known to be great watchdogs when called to action. Their defensive qualities run through their veins- ready to alert their family of an intruder in any instant. This in part is due to their skeptic tendencies, making them very hesitant around anyone outside of their immediate family.
Although it is fairly easy to train a Sheltie, they still require persistent practice and attention. This breed tends to be stubborn when it comes to learning new tricks, so make sure to start the process as early on as possible. Once you establish yourself as their owner, they will have the respect to obey you.
Temperament: Playful, Energetic, Bright
AKC Breed Popularity:Ranks 25 of 197
Life Expectancy:12-14 years