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The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties - The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties is an illustrated 190-page ebook on how to take care of your Shetland Sheepdog's every need: grooming, diet, health, training, and games!

10 Things to Know About Shelties - New to the Sheltie breed? Here are 10 things to know about these double coated, agility-loving furballs.

20 Things You Need for a New Puppy - You're getting a puppy! Praise Wibblesniff! Life is good! Here are 20 things you need to accommodate your new teeny friend.

Common Health Problems in Shelties - Genetically, Shelties are more vulnerable to health problems like Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Collie Eye, Dermatomyositis and Von Willebrande's Disease. They affect the knees, hip, eyes, skin and blood.

33 Medium Sized Dog Breeds Voted for by Actual Dogs - We held a competition to determine the best medium-sized dog breed in all the land. A total of 33 dogs submitted photos, each one nominating themselves.

How to Introduce Your Sheltie to Your Newborn Baby - How will your Sheltie react to your newborn baby the day you bring them home? Here are 13 tips for introducing your dog to the new baby of the family.

Are Shelties Barkers? - You Betcha! It's in their DNA. Centuries of artificial selection have created sensitive dogs to alert us to predators. However, as a Sheltie owner you can refine this quality - here's how.

What is The Best Dog Brush for Your Sheltie? - A hands-on review of the best dog brushes for long-haired Shelties. We researched and found the most effective dog grooming tools for our double coated Shetland Sheepdogs.

My Sheltie Was Rescued from Death in South Korea by Finn's Mom - I've rescued a number of dogs from the horrors of the dog meat industry in South Korea. But I was especially shocked when I saw the pictures posted by a rescuer who came across a group of Collies and Shelties.

Adorable Sheltie Pictures - These 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.

Can Dogs Really Smell Cancer in Humans? - Astonishingly, yes. And now, certain breeds with the best sense of smell are being trained to detect cancer in patient samples with up to 95% success.

101 Shelties in The Bath - 101 Sheltie lovers share their cute, funny and oh-so-sorrowful photos of their dripping wet Shelties in the bath.

101 Cute Sheltie Puppies - 101 cute Sheltie puppy pictures sent in by our Sheltie Planet readers. Get ready for complete fluff overload because these guys will melt your heart. Silly, curious, playful, sleepy, bashful... oh wait now I'm just naming dwarves.

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.

33 Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs - A list of popular foods like grapes, onions, tomatoes and avocados that can cause anything from a stomach upset to death in dogs.

Do Miniature Shelties Exist? - Miniature Sheltie is the name given to a Shetland Sheepdogs under 13 inches tall. They're not a separate breed recognized by the AKC, but some breeders want them to be...

A Guide to Sheltie Puppies - So you're getting a Sheltie puppy and are crazy excited? Been there! Here's how to set up your home for your new puppy and handle basic issues like housetraining and grooming.

The 8 Sheltie Coat Colors - A showcase of all 8 Sheltie colors, with coats of sable, tri color, bi black, blue merle, bi blue, color headed whites and white factored Shelties. Check out our pictures of these beautiful coat colors and their intriguing genetic causes.

All About Shetland Sheepdogs - Explore the Sheltie temperament, appearance, ancestry and lots more. Learn how Shelties rank among other dog breeds in intelligence and popularity as pets and discover funny personality traits unique to the Shetland Sheepdog breed.

A History of Shelties - Shelties are often met with cries of "Look! A mini Lassie!" because they resemble miniature Rough Collies. But Shelties come from a different lineage altogether, with Collie crosses only in the last 100 years. Take a look at our fascinating Sheltie history, tracing the Shetland Sheepdog's evolution from its herding dog origins in Scandinavia.

The Shetland Sheepdog FAQ - How much do Shelties bark? How do I groom my Sheltie? Should I teach my Sheltie to swim? How long do Shelties live for? Our Sheltie FAQ answers your questions about raising a Shetland Sheepdog for a healthy, happy life.

53 Cute Sheltie Antics to Make You Laugh - I asked our Sheltie Planet readers: what's the cutest thing your Sheltie has done recently? Here are the hilarious responses. Which of these has your Sheltie sprung on you before?

The Genius of Slow Feed Dog Bowls - Does your Sheltie eat too fast? Does he suffer bloating and hiccups after meals? Slow down Mr Gobble Guts with a slow feed dog bowl.

Why Do Shelties Sleep on Their Backs? - Why do Shelties sleep on their backs with all four paws in the air? Actually, a lot of dog breeds do this and it's totally adorable. There's an interesting psychological reason behind this open posture and it tells you a lot about how much he trusts you and his overall mood.

A Sheltie Meetup in Auckland - Today we held a Sheltie meetup in Auckland, New Zealand. Thanks so much to Sue and Gareth for hosting 15 Shelties (and a Pomeranian!)

A Tale of Dog Sitters - What happens when you leave your beloved Shelties behind for a four-week trip overseas? They fall in love with the dog sitters of course.

The Best Dog Beds for Shelties - What makes a good dog bed? Warmth? Comfort? Security? Teach your Shetland Sheepdog to get off your human bed and love his own bit of bedding with these top dog beds.

What is The Best Dog Leash? - Decide which is the best leash for your dog: the standard leash, the retractable leash, or the halter leash. Includes tips on dog training and obedience.

The Dog Whisperer Review - Here's what I learned from Cesar Millan's dog-umentary and how his dog training techniques relate to Shelties.

How To Photograph Your Dog - These are my 10 tips on photographing your dog, from choosing the perfect setting and camera angle, to being patient and capturing your pet in the moment.

Sheltie Puppy Development in Pictures - How do Sheltie puppies develop and what do they look like growing up? Sheltie puppies go through rapid developments after birth, maturing into adult dogs by 1-2 years. Check out these growth stages in photos to see the transition.

The Top 10 Most Popular Dog Breeds - The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognizes 190 dog breeds, each boasting unique qualities. Here are the top ten dog breeds ranked by popularity among pet owners.

Free Sheltie Wallpaper - Grab one of our cute desktop wallpapers featuring the adorable Howard and Piper with scenic backgrounds.

What is The Best Dog Food? - A look at some alarming dog food scams and what ingredients to avoid in kibble. Plus, how to achieve a healthy Sheltie diet naturally.

10 Things I Love About Shelties - Shelties are a beautiful dog breed, with their own special characteristics. This is my personal list of 10 things I love about them.

Sheltie Breeders in The UK - Search these Shetland Sheepdog breeders in the UK with our online directory. Includes websites, emails and phone numbers to find local Sheltie puppies for sale.

Is Pet Insurance Worth It? - What if your dog is young and healthy? What if he never suffers any major ailments? Do all policies guarantee savings? The numbers are crunched and the results are in.

How to Groom a Shetland Sheepdog - A complete guide to grooming Shelties - from brushing the thick Sheltie under coat, to trimming and clipping the nails, to learning how to deal with fleas.

A Guide to Clicker Training - Try this easy dog training method based on operant and classical conditioning to instil any good behavior in your dog.

The Pros and Cons of Spaying a Dog - Here are the arguments for and against spaying a female dog and why this is an issue no animal lover should ignore.

The Pros and Cons of Neutering a Dog - Here are the arguments for and against neutering a male dog and why this is an issue no animal lover should ignore.

A Guide to Sheltie Health and Grooming - Advice on spaying and neutering, grooming, flea and tick prevention and common Shetland Sheepdog health issues.

101 Sheltie Names and Their Meanings - Looking for a Sheltie name? Whether you're seeking something weird or traditional, cutesy or cool, we've got 101 name ideas for your Sheltie puppy.

3 Cool Dog Games for Shelties - If we throw a ball for our Shelties, they'll never retrieve it. That's Shelties for you! So how does your Sheltie like to play? Here are 3 cool dog games to stimulate your little herding dog.

How to Deal With Dog Aggression - While most well-bred Shelties are notoriously calm and placid, sometimes past trauma can make them aggressive. Here's some expert advice on training an aggressive or dominant dog - with tips on resource guarding, socialization and handling.

How to Treat Separation Anxiety in Shelties - How to deal with separation anxiety in Shelties - an anxiety disorder that tends to affect the more nervous of companion breeds.

How to Stop Your Sheltie Jumping - Is your Sheltie jumping up to greet you when you come home? Does he try to get in the face of house guests? Not everyone appreciates your Sheltie jumping up at them.

How to Overcome Fear of Leash Walking in Shelties - Young and old dogs can be afraid of the leash, creating neurotic and fearful behavior when it's time for walkies. Here's how to deal with fear of the leash in your dog.

7 Tips for Nipping and Play Biting - Nipping and play biting is when your puppy mouths at your hands and clothes. It's very common in puppies, but can also occur in older dogs that haven't been taught proper bite inhibition.

How to Stop Your Puppy Whining - Is your puppy whining too much? Does she constantly whimper to get your attention? Here's why your puppy whines and what you can do about it.

The Basics of Sheltie Puppy Training - The number one rule of puppy training is to build a relationship with your dog based on mutual trust and respect. Here are expert tips on creating that rapport and learning how to communicate with your puppy.

How to to House Train a Puppy - Here are the basics of housetraining a puppy (teaching him to pee and poop outdoors). We apply positive conditioning to housebreaking rules, using puppy training pads and lots of praise.

How to Stop Your Sheltie Chewing - Stop your Sheltie chewing your treasured possessions. Learn exactly how to dog proof your home, plus five dog training tips to curb destructive chewing.

How to Stop Your Sheltie Barking - An amazing trick to stop your Sheltie barking. They'll quickly learn to curb their unwanted barking, while still giving one or two alarm barks to fulfil their innate watchdog tendencies.

How to Train Your Sheltie Puppy - Here's are all our free Sheltie training articles, from puppy training issues like housebreaking and chewing, to adult dog training like barking and obedience.

21 Cute Dog Quotes - A collection of cute dog quotes to bring a smile to your day. I bet you'll recognize your Sheltie in more than a few of these.

The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard - The Shetland Sheepdog Breed Standard is a set of guidelines that describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and physical appearance of the Sheltie breed. Learn about the requirements breeders have to fulfil in order to successfully show Shelties.

Why Breed to The Standard? - Charlotte Hulett of Sunridge Shelties in Missouri considers the breed Standard after breeding Shelties professionally for 50 years. Her guest article includes comparisons of US and English Champions and offers five excellent reasons why we should endeavor to breed Shelties correctly.

Sheltie Puppies for Sale - Find extensive Sheltie breeder and rescue listings here. Discover the truth about pet stores selling Sheltie puppies, and learn what you'll need when you bring your new puppy home.

Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The US - Search our directory of Sheltie breeders in the USA.

Sheltie Breeders in Canada - Search these active Sheltie breeders in Canada, covering Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Manitoba.

Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in New Zealand - Search our list of Shetland Sheepdog breeders in New Zealand, covering the North Island and South Island.

Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in Australia - Search for Sheltie puppies for sale in Australia, covering New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia.

Sheltie Rescue Listings in The US by State - Our directory of all the Sheltie rescue groups in the US, organized alphabetically by state. Contact them directly to meet Shetland Sheepdogs for adoption.

Sheltie Rescue Listings in Canada - Our directory of all the Sheltie rescue groups in Canada. Contact them directly to meet Shetland Sheepdogs for adoption.

Sheltie Rescue Listings in The UK - Our directory of all the Sheltie rescue groups in the UK. Contact them directly to meet Shetland Sheepdogs for adoption.

Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in The US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - Search our entire international Shetland Sheepdog breeder listings. Breeders offer pedigree Sheltie puppies for sale.

How to Teach Your Sheltie to Swim - While many owners say their Shelties hate water, it turns out that with training and encouragement, Shelties can take to it like ducks. If you want your furball to become a true water Sheltie, you need to gently encourage lots of positive swimming experiences early on.

Hear Our Shelties Talk - Shelties are among the most vocal of dog breeds and this extends far beyond barking. Check out these adorable Sheltie sounds caught on camera today: you can actually hear our Shelties talk!

How to Socialize a Shy Sheltie - As a submissive breed, Shelties can shy dogs if they aren't sufficiently socialized as puppies. Missing this window of opportunity is a huge loss for the Sheltie in question, but there are ways to boost his confidence and re-train him even as an adult dog.

Why Do Shelties Smile? - Is the Sheltie smile real? Dog experts say yes, but it's not for the reason we necessarily think. Take a look at the evolutionary roots in wolf behavior and dog psychology that causes your Sheltie to beam at you.

The Sheltie Family Tree - The Sheltie family tree includes many Collie breeds as well as the extinct Greenland Yakki. The original Shelties were mainly crossed with Rough Collies and Border Collies during the 19th and 20th centuries. A look at the different types of Collie breeds and the characteristics of the famous Lassie.

Our Sheltie Videos - Check out my favorite Sheltie videos on You Tube, including a montage of the Sheltie puppy Howard as he grows up and the hilarious Howard Woofington Moon in Concert.

Your Sheltie Tales - From cute anecdotes to tear-jerking life stories of Shelties past, learn about the beautiful nature of these sweet companion dogs.

Dusty, Our Singing Shetland Sheepdog by Debbie Robillard - Dusty had the Sheltie singing trait and sang to me every day when I would come home. He lived with hip dysplasia in both hips and was on meds most of his life but never complained.

Our Sandy Sunshine by David & Debbie Cochener - Sandy the Sheltie was 10 years old when she came to bless our family. Her gait was sprightly and so was her spirit. If left to her own devices she could...

Our Tribute to Tessie The Sheltie by Jennifer Sanders - We adopted Tessie with a heart condition and other health problems but she gave us 2.5 years of wonderful companionship.

Sadie The Sheltie's Battle with FCE by Melissa Smith - The story of a beautiful Sheltie named Sadie, who was struck down with suspected FCE while running in the park. All about Sadie's diagnosis and recovery.

Finn and Polly Happy at Last by Judith Bluhm-Brown - My daughters were so excited when I made the decision to get a dog, we wasted no time go to Shenton Park Dog Refuge here in Perth, Western Australia...

Coco's Sheltie Blog for November - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.

Coco's Sheltie Blog for October - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.

Bruiser and Missy by Kimberley Herr - For my graduation from college, my husband surprised me with Bruiser, a Tri Colored Sheltie. He was my baby...

Coco's Sheltie Blog for September - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.

Coco's Sheltie Blog for August - Check out Coco's Sheltie blog for more of her cute Sheltie pictures and adventures.

Lady Duchess, My Tri Color Sheltie, by Estella Guerrero - Living in a mobile home, the search was on for a small dog to keep my husband company while he worked from home. And that's how we met Lady Duchess...

Our Beautiful Sadie by Margaret Schiffer - My husband Dan and I had just become empty nesters and we didn't like it one bit. Not prone to starting over with a baby, we thought we would try a dog.

Our Sheltie and Collie Family by Margaret Lakofsky - We lost our beautiful mahogany Sheltie, Katie, last June. She was named Lakofsky's Katie Scarlett after Gone With The Wind...

Dacia's Story by Agi Cortez - They are Cat People. And there are Dog People. And then there are Sheltie people. We are definitely Sheltie people.

Our Little Lady by Susan Cox - Our Little Lady has quite a background story before we adopted her in 2010, bless her little heart. I found that face and fell in love...

The Story of Lucky and Chase by Julie Smith - The first Sheltie I ever owned arrived mysteriously in my backyard.

Sarah The Sheltie by Christina O'Donnell - I was watching Oprah and there was an episode about puppy mills, it made me so sad. So my husband and I...

Lady and Indy by Mary Patterson - Our Lady Patterson was a little person dressed in a dog suit. She loved and lived to be with us and we with her...

My Name is Lucy by Karen Cunningham Johnson - My name is Lucy. I am 5.5 lbs and so very happy at my new home after three weeks...

An Interview with Mary Bryant of Crosswood Shelties - An interview with professional Shetland Sheepdog breeder, Mary Bryant of Crosswood Shelties. Take a glimpse into the life of breeding and dog shows.

Author Bio

Becky Casale is the creator of Sheltie Planet and The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties. She lives in New Zealand with her partner and two children.

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