Sheltie Planet: Your Complete Guide to Everything Sheltie

Sheltie Planet The Place for Lovers of The Shetland Sheepdog Breed


Sheltie Planet is your complete guide to Shetland Sheepdogs. Advice, pictures, stories, reviews and forums: it's the best place on the net for all things Sheltie.

Howard and Piper - A Walk on Red Beach

Welcome! We are Rebecca and Pete, a pair of Sheltie lovers in New Zealand. The video shows our boys Howard and Piper frolicking in slow motion. They're now 10 years old, and over the years we've learned lots about Shelties from first-hand experiences, research, breeders and other Sheltie owners. This website is the result of everything we know and love about Shelties.

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10 Essential Sheltie Facts

  1. Shelties are a small to medium dogs. Though there's some variation in size due to slightly different American or English types, the typical Sheltie stands 13-16 inches (33-41cm) at the shoulder and weighs 15-25 pounds (7-11kg).
  2. Shelties are not miniature Collies. They're a distinct dog breed with different lineages. Originally a Scandinavian Spitz type breed, there were early crosses with Rough Collies, Border Collies, Greenland Yakki (now extinct) and Pomeranians.
  3. Shelties are long-haired, double-coated dogs. Brushing and trimming is an essential part of your pet care routine, requiring deep grooming weekly or fortnightly to strip out the loose undercoat and take care of knots and tangles.
  4. Shelties are the 6th most intelligent dog breed in the world. They're also the most intelligent of all small dog breeds. They can learn new commands in as little as five repetitions, and very good at performing tricks and agility.
  5. Most Shelties are natural watchdogs. Their working dog history on the Shetland Islands of Scotland means they were selectively bred for traits like attentiveness, submissiveness, and alarm barking. These traits remain strong today.
  6. Many Shelties are vocal dogs. Besides their strong desire to alarm bark when visitors approach the house, they also communicate with their owners through a variety of hilarious noises not often seen in other dog breeds.
  7. Shelties have a wonderful temperament. They're loving, loyal, sensitive, affectionate dogs. While every Sheltie has his own individual personality, bred into their temperament is a sweetness you'll recognize straight away in any Sheltie.
  8. All Shelties need to run outside every day. Like many dogs, they need at least 30-60 minutes of outdoor exercise a day, with opportunities to explore the environment, meet other dogs, and run off the leash.
  9. Pet Shelties should be spayed or neutered. There are significant health benefits to desexing your dog, as well as preventing males from roaming and females from having unwanted pregnancies which add to the problem of dog overpopulation.
  10. Shelties live for 12-14 years. Generally, smaller dogs have a longer life expectancy than larger dogs, and Shelties fall into the higher end of the range. Take care of your Sheltie's diet, teeth, exercise, and vaccinations to maximize his lifespan.

About Shetland Sheepdogs

Discover the Sheltie temperament, appearance, trainability, family tree and more. Learn how Shelties rank among other dog breeds in intelligence and discover personality traits unique to the Shetland Sheepdog breed.

The History of The Sheltie Breed Sheltie Colors The Sheltie Family Tree 10 Things I Love About Shelties Top 10 Dog Breeds List Top 10 Most Intelligent Dog Breeds List Miniature Shelties The Sheltie Smile Hear Our Shelties Talk Why Do Shelties Sleep on Their Backs? 53 Cute Sheltie Antics to Make You Laugh Cute Dog Quotes The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard Why Breed to The Standard?

Sheltie Pictures

222 totally adorable Sheltie pictures reveal how puppies develop in the first year of life, how Shelties shrink down in the bath, and how to photograph your fast-moving furball.

Sheltie Puppy Development in 16 Pictures 101 Cute Sheltie Puppies 101 Shelties in The Bath How To Photograph Your Dog

Find Sheltie Puppies and Rescue Dogs

Breeder listings. Rescue listings. The truth about pet stores with Sheltie puppies for sale. What do you need when you bring your puppy home? We've got you covered.

A Guide to Sheltie Puppies Sheltie Rescue: Sheltie Puppies for Adoption Shetland Sheepdog Breeders Why You Should Never Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store 101 Sheltie Names to Inspire The Shetland Sheepdog FAQ

How to Train Your Sheltie

Step-by-step guides to housetraining, teaching dog tricks, and dog obedience for beginners. Includes solutions to stop your Sheltie barking, chewing, and jumping on house guests, as well as dealing with nervous issues like fear of children and separation anxiety.

The Basics of Sheltie Puppy Training Housetraining a Puppy How to Clicker Train Your Dog Shy Dogs Water Shelties How to Stop Your Puppy Chewing on Everything How to Stop Your Puppy Whining How to Deal with Nipping and Play Biting in Puppies Dog Whisperer Review How to Stop Your Sheltie Barking How to Stop Your Sheltie Jumping Fear of Leash Walking in Shelties Dealing with Separation Anxiety How to Deal with Dog Aggression 3 Cool Dog Games for Shelties Can Dogs Really Smell Cancer?

Sheltie Health and Maintenance

Shetland Sheepdogs are generally a healthy breed, so you needn't be paranoid. However, there are some common conditions that affect herding breeds, so wise up about these. Also learn about the pros and cons of spaying or neutering your Sheltie.

How to Groom a Shetland Sheepdog The Pros and Cons of Neutering a Sheltie The Pros and Cons of Spaying 33 Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs 6 Sheltie Health Problems Shetland Sheepdog Owners Should Understand How to Kill Fleas and Ticks on Your Dog

Bestselling Dog Products

Taking on a new dog comes with a list of responsibilities and requirements. Here we've ranked and explained the bestselling dog products you're likely to need including food, collars, leashes, brushes, beds, feeding bowls, training pads, and pet insurance.

Slow Dog Feed Bowls Furminator Deshedding Tool Review What is The Best Dog Food? What is The Best Dog Bed for Small Dogs? What is The Best Dog Leash? Is Pet Insurance Worth It?
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Author Bio

Rebecca Turner is a writer studying for a BSc in Zoology at Massey University. She's taken care of Shelties for 10 years and written 100+ articles about the breed. Rebecca has a passion for animal biology and evolution which she writes about on her websites Sheltie Planet and Science Me. Visit Rebecca on LinkedIn or download her complete guide to Shetland Sheepdogs: The Sheltie Anthology.