About Sheltie Puppies
Lists of ethical breeders with Sheltie puppies for sale. Plus: expert puppy advice, and photos of Sheltie puppies in each of the developmental stages.
Sheltie Breeder Directories
Only buy Sheltie puppies from professional breeders who specialize in Shetland Sheepdogs. Backyard breeders and puppy farms rarely perform genetic screening to eliminate serious disease in puppies. What's more, puppy mills have a terrible reputation for animal cruelty. Early weaning, parasites, and genetic diseases are just the start. Know the 6 Warning Signs of a Puppy Mill and Never Buy Pet Store Puppies. I have taken care to list only professional Sheltie breeders here. However, please do your own due diligence. Seek evidence of breed expertise and champions on their websites, make sure they perform genetic screening and vet checks, and visit the kennels in person so you can meet the puppy's parents.
The day you bring a new puppy home, your life will change in a big way. Those first few weeks will be the most demanding. You'll spend hours bonding with your new friend and at times the constant supervision may feel overwhelming. So get the whole family involved and take turns to look after him. Everything in the house is new to your puppy. He'll try to chew on everything, explore every crevice, and make all kinds of mess on the carpet. It pays to stock up on puppy gear before you bring him home, so you're prepared for all the mischief and mishaps that lie ahead Read more.
Puppies' bladders and bowels are small and weak. They can't hold it in for more than a few hours so you need to work out a frequent toilet break routine or they'll just go anytime, anywhere. Housebreaking a puppy is one of the major challenges of dog ownership, particularly for first-time owners. Traditional housebreaking starts by training your puppy to pee and poop indoors on puppy training pads. By four months old, you can move the training pads outside as a signal, before removing them altogether. There is certainly a risk of having messy accidents this way, but it does enable your dog to build confidence exploring the house during her crucial early months of development. Read more.
Sheltie puppies go through rapid developments after birth, growing to full size by one year old. The coat continues to develop until three years. Check out the stages of Sheltie puppy development here.
I can't get enough of Sheltie puppies, which is why I asked Sheltie Planet readers to send in their favorite puppy photos. This is the squeal-worthy result. Get ready for complete fluff overload because these guys will melt your heart. Silly, curious, playful, sleepy, bashful... oh wait now I'm naming dwarves. Read more.
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. Read more.
Puppy mills are large-scale breeding operations. With irresponsible and often unregulated breeding practices, they produce traumatized dogs who are vulnerable to infectious and genetic diseases. At puppy farms, dogs are bred to exhaustion, while puppies are weaned and separated from mom early to begin the cycle again. Raids of illegal puppy mills often find cramped feces-ridden cages, untreated injuries and infections, parasites, painful matted fur, and severe psychological trauma. How can you tell if you're unwittingly supporting this trade when you go to buy a puppy? Here are 6 warning signs of a puppy mill at work. Read more.
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. Read more.
If you're getting a Sheltie puppy or already have a Sheltie and want to know more about your best friend, read my 150-page ebook The Pet Owner's Guide to Shelties. Loaded with love, this illustrated guide includes:
- Detailed advice on Sheltie care from puppyhood to old age.
- Tutorials on grooming, training, and healthcare.
- Helpful insights into the Sheltie personality.
- Lavishly illustrated with 140+ adorable Sheltie photos.