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Sheltie Puppies for Sale

Author - Becky CasaleWritten by Becky CasaleDownload her Sheltie Anthology

Sheltie puppies are a delight. Here you can browse our breeder and rescue listings, plus learn what you'll need when you bring your Shetland Sheepdog puppy home.

Are you looking at Sheltie puppies and feeling excited about bringing home your new best friend? Been there! The puppy days go fast, so be ready to spend as much time as you can with them, take a million photos and cherish every second!

Article Contents

A Guide to Sheltie Puppies
Find a Sheltie Rescue
Find a Sheltie Breeder
Never Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store
101 Sheltie Names to Inspire

In this section, you'll find our detailed puppy guide, plus breeder and rescue listings to help you find Shetland Sheepdog puppies near you.

A Guide to Sheltie Puppies

If you've never personally cared for a puppy before, or if you need a reminder of what to expect, read this guide in full. It eases you in to the responsibilities of caring for a puppy, which could be more demanding that you expect.

The guide also covers the safest place to find Sheltie puppies for sale. It's really important you don't accidentally support the horrific puppy mill industry, so we'll show you how to avoid it.

There's also a complete list of what puppy essentials you'll need to stock up on, and how to care for your puppy from day one.

The Shetland Sheepdog Puppy Guide

Find a Sheltie Rescue

There are thousands of rescue dogs waiting to be adopted, with Shetland Sheepdogs among them. You're unlikely to find young Sheltie puppies here, but don't discount older puppies and adult dogs.

The benefit of adopting an adult Sheltie is he's already house trained and probably recognizes some commands. He'll also be ready to take home immediately, as rescue groups are under constant pressure to open up spaces for new intakes.

A rescue dog has likely been through a lot in his life. He may have been abused or neglected, and has now been abandoned completely by his family. He's in desperate need of a secure loving home.

So before you seek out a breeder of Sheltie puppies, think about checking with your nearest Sheltie rescue and give a lovely Sheltie dog a forever home.

Visit our US directory of Sheltie rescues
Visit our UK directory of Sheltie rescues
Visit our Canadian directory of Sheltie rescues
Sheltie Rescue: Sheltie Puppies for Adoption

Find a Sheltie Breeder

Professional dog breeders often have Sheltie puppies for sale. They aim to produce champion show dogs as ideal examples of the breed. However, in the process they produce many more pet-quality dogs that don't have that perfect coat pattern or gait. Of course they're still perfect in our eyes.

There are only 4-6 puppies in a Shetland Sheepdog litter, so you may need to put your name down in advance if there's high demand with your chosen breeder. The puppies will be ready for re-homing from 8 weeks old.

Make sure the dog breeder is legitimate. There are 10,000 inhumane puppy mills in the US. They try to hide the nature of their illegal breeding activities, by posing as professionals selling puppies online. Don't be fooled by their fake photographs; you must see the breeder's premises in person.

If you suspect a puppy mill or unethical backyard breeder is at work, don't buy any puppies from them. You'll only be funding their cause. Instead, follow this advice on how to report animal cruelty to your local humane organization or animal shelter.

In contrast, you'll recognize a professional Sheltie breeder by visiting their kennels and meeting some of their dogs:

  • Are they healthy? Check for a full-bodied coat and clear eyes, and an absence of injuries and parasites like ticks and fleas.
  • Are they happy? Check they wag their tails and welcome you confidently on approach, rather than being subdued and nervous.
  • Are they purebred? Check they're full-blooded Shetland Sheepdogs, rather than designer dogs or hybrid cross-breeds.

While we aim to list only ethical breeders, we can't vouch personally for all the names in our directories. Please use your best judgement and only support professional breeding practices.

Visit our US directory of Sheltie breeders
Visit our UK directory of Sheltie breeders
Visit our Canadian directory of Sheltie breeders
Visit our Australian directory of Sheltie breeders
Visit our New Zealand directory of Sheltie breeders
Shetland Sheepdog Breeders

Never Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store

The devastating truth about pet store puppies is they are almost always sourced from animal cruelty. Sometimes you're looking at the result of accidental breeding by pet owners, but more often these dogs come from puppy mills.

Puppy mills dogs spend their entire lives in small crates, being used for repeated breeding of puppies which are then sold online. The breeding dogs are euthanized when they've exhausted their use as money making tools.

Puppy mills come in many shapes and sizes, posing as professional breeding facilities. But they don't care about the basic needs of their dogs like proper nutrition and healthcare, let alone giving them happy and comfortable lives. Every time some unwitting animal lover buys a puppy from a pet store or anonymous online listing, it puts money back into this horrific trade.

Learn the hidden truth about the puppy mill industry and the long term health outcomes for Sheltie puppies bred in these conditions.

Never Buy a Puppy From a Pet Store

101 Sheltie Names to Inspire

Does your puppy have a name yet? Dog breeders often give their Sheltie puppies nicknames. And rescue dogs may have names from their previous owners. But you can still come up with your own cute name for your furball and they'll adapt to it with time. Shelties are smart like that!

A dog's name is important, as you'll be hollering this at the park or the beach for years to come. It's also important to pick a name that dogs can easily recognize, by focusing on certain letter sounds and fewer syllables. See 101 Sheltie Names to Inspire for advice and ideas on naming Sheltie puppies.

101 Sheltie Names to Inspire

Still seeking more info about Sheltie puppies? Check out these related articles.

The Sheltie FAQ
101 Photos of Cute Sheltie Puppies
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What is The Best Dog Bed for Small Dogs?
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Author Bio

Becky Casale is an animal lover and Zoology student. She's the founder of Sheltie Planet and Science Me. Download her Shetland Sheepdog Anthology and connect on Facebook.

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