Find Sheltie Puppies for Sale Near You
Sheltie puppies are among my personal list of top 10 things in the universe. Hyperbole? I think not! In this section, you can learn all about Sheltie puppies and browse our breeder and rescue directories.
All puppies are adorable. That's a fact. But the Shetland Sheepdog puppy - with his big floppy ears, beautiful almond eyes and silky soft fur - knows how to be deliberately cute on demand.
The most common Sheltie color is sable, which is a mix of tan and white markings ranging from golden to mahogany. Sable Sheltie puppies usually have lighter fur when they're young, which deepens and intensifies as they age. Less common coat types are tri color and blue merle. Regardless of the coat color, it can take up to two years for the full adult double coat to grow.
Shelties are popular dogs in the US, ranking at number 24 out of 190 AKC breeds. The only trustworthy place to buy a purebred Sheltie puppy is through a professional Sheltie breeder who performs genetic testing and breeds their dogs for health, appearance and temperament. Be sure to visit their premises when you collect your puppy and ask to meet the puppy's parents to ensure ethical breeding practices... [continue reading A Guide to Sheltie Puppies]
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.
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... [Find a Sheltie Breeder Near You]
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... [continue reading 8 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy a Puppy from a Pet Store]
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... [continue reading 101 Sheltie Names]
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