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101 Shelties in The Bath

Shelties just love a bath, right? Ah, how about no! Bathing a Sheltie can be like wrestling with a hairy octopus.

Eventually the forlorn Sheltie submits to your watery whims and then you get the look of absolute sorrow. We're sorry, Shelties!

When we asked Sheltie Planet readers to share their cutest, funniest and oh-so-sorrowful photos of dripping wet Shelties in the tub, this is what we got. Whether they're shrunk by half, or giving you the side eye for making them smell like coconut, this photo collection is downright ridiculous.

Now there's a look!

Now there's a look! By Jenn Meirndorf

Butter Cup-Snyder getting lathered up

Butter Cup-Snyder getting lathered up. By Rebecca Nicole Granstrom

They are half their size when wet

They are half their size when wet! By Jenn Gober Storm

Our sweet Piper in the bath. By Sheltie Planet

Our sweet Piper. By Sheltie Planet

My Ruby in the Bath

My Ruby in the Bath. She really enjoys it, specially when I rub her belly. By Suzanne Mavris

Juke is a farm dog

Juke is a farm dog. Every bath is totally worth it because he has so much fun getting muddy herding chickens! By Joanna Thompson

The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties by Becky CasaleCocoa doesnt want to take a bath!

Cocoa doesnt want to take a bath! By Aeryeong Lee

If you want to see two sorry dogs...

If you want to see two sorry dogs... By Vanesse Reeves

Baby Tako! Marybeth Johnston

Baby Tako! Marybeth Johnston

Love my Tuff man! By Jessica Frost

Love my Tuff man! By Jessica Frost

I made her into a doggysaurus. By Claudia Scheepers

I made her into a doggysaurus. By Claudia Scheepers

Mmm... refreshing. By Sol Hanna

Mmm... refreshing. By Sol Hanna

This is Kovu

This is Kovu. He gives me the side eye and long face. We both hate doing baths for him! By Theo T. Le

This is Munch in his first bath

This is Munch in his first bath. By Kelly-Louise Hopkins

All washed up. By Amanda Ritchey

All washed up. By Amanda Ritchey

Hazel bathing in the ocean

Hazel bathing in the ocean. By Elizabeth Lee

Small enough for the kitchen sink!

Small enough for the kitchen sink! By Anita Nerings

Tiny Kali shrivels up. By Jenii Jro Robinson

Tiny Kali shrivels up. By Jenii Jro Robinson

Georgia! By Liz Boananno

Georgia! By Liz Boananno

Edward is not a fan...

Edward is not a fan... but he is a fan of being blow dried afterwards. By Gianna Salstead

Puppy shampoo! By Emma McCarthy

Puppy shampoo! By Emma McCarthy

Six eyes. Three dogs. One look. By Jessica Jones

Six eyes. Three dogs. One look. By Jessica Jones

Someone's loving their shower. By Michelle Thompson Cowgill

Someone's loving their shower. By Michelle Thompson Cowgill

Why is this happening? By Tammy Hanley

Why is this happening? By Tammy Hanley

Anubis! By Karen Camargo

Anubis! By Karen Camargo

My sweet boy Ronny. By Nancy Vogtel

My sweet boy Ronny. By Nancy Vogtel

My Ellie. By Julia Durant

My Ellie. By Julia Durant

The day I brought him home from the shelter

The day I brought him home from the shelter. He was underweight then, that's no longer an issue though! By Chrysti Hydeck-Nethercutt

This is Bayler Goose!

This is Bayler Goose! Although he is part of a fighter jet team, he couldn't fly his way out of the bathtub! By John-Ethan Seemann

This is Jack Maverick!

This is Jack Maverick, he had even less of a chance to escape! By John-Ethan Seemann

During a bath... By Johannes Svanbom

During a bath... By Johannes Svanbom

Pure tolerance. By Dave Zolo

Pure tolerance. By Dave Zolo

Kylo is always a good boy

Kylo is always a good boy. He's less than thrilled about bathtime however. By Deb Hildebrandt Christison

Rowan - the deflatable Sheltie!

Rowan - the deflatable Sheltie! By Sarah Easley

One-year-old Arthur

One-year-old Arthur. By Ann Demegillo Sherwood

Don't wash me away!

Don't wash me away! By Carlson Vom Dach

Little puppy Howard. By Sheltie Planet

Little puppy Howard. By Sheltie Planet

Chewy actually enjoying bath time

Chewy actually enjoying bath time. By Mike Schacht

Jasmine tolerates it...

Jasmine tolerates it... By Peggi Mcgrath

Splish splash

Splish splash. By Alexandra Gihbsson

Is it over yet? By Holly Den Bleyker

Is it over yet? By Holly Den Bleyker

HSS Foster Rebel

HSS Foster Rebel, getting ready for a Meet and Greet where he met his forever Mom. By Vickie Harris Machala

Where'd my Sheltie go? By Il Bay B

Where did my Sheltie go? By Il Bay B

The look of betrayal. By Eric Malmberg

The look of betrayal. By Eric Malmberg

Foxy Fizzle in the bath! By Karen Massey

Foxy Fizzle in the bath! By Karen Massey

Ty. By Leanne Ellard

Ty. By Leanne Ellard

Poor Spanky. By Ashley Nichole Hall

Poor Spanky! By Ashley Nichole Hall

Get me outta here! By Sarah Murphy

Get me outta here! By Sarah Murphy

Missy gives me the look of the betraya

Missy gives me the look of the betrayal as well. She does put up with it quite well, but is SO happy when we're done with the dryer and she can be free again. By Christiana Rattay

Our Sheltie puppy Jasper doesn't like baths at all! By Trish Simms

Our Sheltie puppy Jasper doesn't like baths at all! By Trish Simms

Milo's first bath. By Colleen Waddy Joseph

Milo's first bath. By Colleen Waddy Joseph

Revenge is a dish best served cold. And fluffy. By Heather Ann Derrickson

Revenge is a dish best served cold. And fluffy. By Heather Ann Derrickson

Jaime won't even look at me! By Kathy Mills

Jaime won't even look at me! By Kathy Mills

12-year-old Enzo. By Courtney James

12-year-old Enzo. By Courtney James

Zoe at 4 months. By John Granitz

Zoe at 4 months. By John Granitz

Not a bath photo, but shrunk just as much! By Lindsey Schultz

Not a bath photo, but shrunk just as much! By Lindsey Schultz

Pippin's knee deep in the bath. By Jessica Laurel Houston-Murphy

Pippin's knee deep in the bath. By Jessica Laurel Houston-Murphy

Toby's face is deceiving

Toby's face is deceiving, because he actually dislikes baths. But about halfway through he always starts smiling because I think he secretly likes them. By Kim Zikmund

He hates it but he's always a good boy

He hates it but he's always a good boy. By April Moore

My Sheltie puppy. By Johanna Åström

My Sheltie puppy. By Johanna Åström

Are you coming in or what?

Are you coming in or what? By Liz Rittenburg

Ok, I'm done. By Ryan Aloia

Ok, I'm done. By Ryan Aloia

Luna loves bath time! Marion Teunissen

Luna loves bath time! Marion Teunissen

Poor Moby. By Lindsay Cool

Poor Moby. By Lindsay Cool

I suppose you think this is funny. By Eugenie Lam

I suppose you think this is funny. By Eugenie Lam

Bailey's first bath... By Marie-Jose Blaesen

Bailey's first bath... By Marie-Jose Blaesen

Megs. By Eileen Brownstein Ostach

Megs. By Eileen Brownstein Ostach

Daisy, that's one remarkable tail! By Nicole Barrish

Daisy, that's one remarkable tail! By Nicole Barrish

They shrink when water hits them! By Deborah White Duffy

They shrink when water hits them! By Deborah White Duffy

One wet June. By Nelly Junet

One wet June. By Nelly Junet

Happy Koolie. By Catherine Orr

Happy Koolie. By Catherine Orr

Sigh... If you must... By Hedvig Köver

Sigh... If you must... By Hedvig Köver

Curdie... after the first shake. by Wendy Hoadley

Curdie... after the first shake. by Wendy Hoadley

Tucker! By Lynn Henneborn

Tucker! By Lynn Henneborn

Tessie's first bath at home. By Jay Kraft

Tessie's first bath at home. By Jay Kraft

Kayla. By Tracy Parker

Kayla. By Tracy Parker

Skunker Butts in the tub! by Linda Smith Gierek

Skunker Butts in the tub! by Linda Smith Gierek

Molly! By Martina Jakab

Molly! By Martina Jakab

Not Uno's favourite time! By Michelle Turner

Not Uno's favourite time! By Michelle Turner

Unrecognizable. By Silva Lang

Unrecognizable. By Silva Lang

Holly and Crystal are not big fans of the bath! By Gillian Wood

Holly and Crystal are not big fans of the bath! By Gillian Wood

In the sink! By Ainslee Monk

In the sink! By Ainslee Monk

You missed a spot. By Roger Morris

You missed a spot. By Roger Morris

Bear refuses to look at us while having a bath

Bear refuses to look at us while having a bath. I've never had a dog pout so hard. Once he gets the after-bath cookie he's fine though! By Jeanne Ostrom Halls

After The Bath...

There's nothing quite like a wet Sheltie rubbing himself all over the furniture after a bath. This is all part of his bathtime revenge policy.

Of course, some of you are more sensible than us and take a few minutes to blow dry your Shelties. Whether they're wrapped up in towels or blow dried and poofy, the results are quite gorgeous!

Austin loves the blow dry!

Austin loves the blow dry! By Joi Keeling

After a bath!

After a bath! By Johannes Svanbom

I'm a dog with style

I'm a dog with style. By Lori Carter Baer

I suppose you think this is cute

I suppose you think this is cute. By Ruth Brickzin

The side eye after I gave her a bath just cracks me up!

The side eye after I gave her a bath just cracks me up! By Lauren Varner

My big baby Jozie!

My big baby Jozie! She loves to soak in the bath tub... By Kristen Jo Kehrer

Cute as a button. By Alex Cotton

Cute as a button. By Alex Cotton

Let's never do that again!

Let's never do that again! By Virginia Gallant

Lizzy likes a bath, but doesn't show it. By Carolyn Burrell

Lizzy likes a bath, but doesn't show it. By Carolyn Burrell

Not happy! By Julie Smarney

Not happy! By Julie Smarney

My Fuji after a bath!

My Fuji after a bath! By Christine Wong

Where did my fluffy body go?

Where did my fluffy body go? By Marisa Oviedo

Shake it out!

Shake it out! By Timea Markó-Guba

Simba's shower time ends in a wet hug

Simba's shower time ends in a wet hug. By Suds Toms

Lady! By Lisa Ann

Lady! By Lisa Ann

Our puppy Howard wrapped up like a baby! By Sheltie Planet

Our puppy Howard wrapped up like a baby! By Sheltie Planet

How to Bathe a Sheltie

  1. Bathe every 1-2 months - You don't need to bathe Shelties very often; like many dogs they lick themselves clean. Shelties also tend to avoid swimming and rolling in animal poop which are the main culprits of bad smells. So only bathe your Sheltie every one to two months. If you wash them too often you'll strip away their coat's natural oils, causing dryness, flaking and itching.
  2. Shower with warm water - Even though you might love a scorching hot shower, your Sheltie isn't used to hot water on his delicate skin. So use warm water when you shower him in the tub. Part the hair, getting the nozzle right against his skin. Otherwise the waterproof outer coat will protect him like water off a duck's back!
  3. Mind the ear holes - Be careful not to point the shower nozzle straight into his ear holes. Bacteria love warm, damp spaces like the inside of the ear canal and you could cause a painful ear infection. Pad them with cotton wool balls for protection if you're worried about accidentally spraying water into his ears.
  4. Only use dog shampoo - Human shampoos have different pH levels designed for human skin, and they can damage your Sheltie's skin. So only use shampoo design for dogs like Wahl Dog Shampoo. Take care to wash the dog shampoo out thoroughly afterwards or the soap will leave him itchy and irritated.
  5. Dry your Sheltie with care - After bathing, gently pat your dog dry with a towel. Don't rub him or you'll damage the under coat which is more prone to breakage when wet. Then allow him to dry off naturally indoors. If your furniture can't take a wet Sheltie rubbing himself all over it, carefully blow dry the coat on a low setting, parting the hair as you go.
This is Hazel when she's dry and fluffy!

Hazel all dry and fluffy! By Elizabeth Lee

Author Bio

Becky Casale is a writer and science student. She has two Sheltie babies and two human babies who all smell like popcorn. See her Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties and her illustrated blog Science Me.


The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties by Becky Casale