Welcome to Sheltie Planet: a site devoted to pet Shetland Sheepdogs around the world. With more furballs than you can shake a stick at!
Know Your Sheltie
The Sheltie is a beautiful, intelligent, friendly, loyal, affectionate, gentle and quirky dog breed. They are family-oriented dogs, making them very loyal to their human pack. They are also great with kids if you socialize them early. Learn about the Scottish origins of this relatively modern dog breed.
Shelties are wonderfully peculiar dogs with a unique set of traits. Have you noticed the Sheltie smile? How about they way they talk when they want your attention (and I don't mean they bark - they literally sing!) This section is dedicated to the quirky nature of our sheepdogs, including their love/hate relationship with water.
Our dog training articles offer expert advice and resources on Sheltie training and obedience for beginners (including begging, barking, aggression and dominance). It also discusses puppy training and housebreaking. There are tips and advice on alternative training methods like clicker training and learning dog tricks and games.
Shetland Sheepdogs are generally a very healthy breed, so you don't need to worry about major health issues. However there are some conditions that affect herding breeds specifically. This section covers essentials like spaying / neutering your Sheltie, grooming that luxurious coat, and preventing the problem of fleas and ticks.
If you're looking to adopt one of these amazing animals, find details of your nearest Sheltie rescue organization or Sheltie breeder. We have hundreds of listings across the USA, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Thinking of buying a puppy from a pet store? Here are 8 reasons why you should never do this.
Here you can discuss everything Sheltie - from puppy naming to health and grooming issues. Join our Sheltie community and meet thousands of other Sheltie lovers; share pictures, exchange tips, and find support in times of need. Our Sheltie forum is free to register so join today!
Take a glance at our Sheltie Blog for all the latest articles on this website. If you're new to this site, you can see a full list of all the articles ever written, and if you're a regular, you can quickly see what's new. You can subscribe to our social media pages for real-time updates when new content is up.
Who am I? My name is Becky and I live with two gorgeous Shetland Sheepdogs in the North Island of New Zealand. Meet the folk behind the scenes of Sheltie Planet and take a peek at the lives of our furry friends, Howard and Piper, who inspired this website.
You can also check out our Sheltie archives which has a chronological list of every article ever written.
How To Photograph Your Dog
One of the reasons I made Sheltie Planet is because I have an abundance of Sheltie photos I wanted to share. I love taking pictures of Howard and Piper and being able to capture them in a way that frames that moment forever. Today I'd like to share some general pet photography tips based on what I've learnt using my digital point-and-shoot camera. I hope this helps you get the most out of your pet photography and creates some great images that you will treasure forever.
The Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds
Dogs can be smart in different ways: a breed with an acute and wellhoned ability to work will be quick to learn how to do its job. Other breeds may be so eager to please their people that they're attentive and highly trainable. But intelligence alone doesn't make a good pet. Owners need to be willing to put in the work to channel a dog's inherent intelligence - and a good owner will understand a dog's natural traits to bring out his natural smarts.