Shetland Sheepdogs, or Shelties as we call them, are a breed you will find in the ‘Sheepdogs and Cattledogs’ group (FCI group 1) or in America, the ‘Herding Group’ (AKC).
Back in the day they were bred to herd sheep and to guard farms on the
Shetland Islands, of the coast of Scotland.
They are great little workers and have an excellent will-to-please.
Shetland Sheepdogs make wonderful pets, sportsdogs and/or therapydogs!
Shelties are alert, active, loyal & sensitive pets.
They would do anything for their human and that makes them great companions!
They love to work together, which makes them great competators in a variety of dogsports.
Shelties adapt to the lifestyle of their owners, but they definetly are energetic dogs that need to excersise!
Shelties are a great breed for novice dog-owners, as they adapt to the lifestyle of their owners. They have an excellent will to please and are very trainable
from a very young age.
Shelties can be left alone for a working day, as long as you will provide them with lots of attention and excersise before & after work!
Because of their sensitive and soft nature they get along with kids, other dogs & even cats and all other pets…
They are very sensitive for atmosphere in their home & family, they will
notice and react to emotions like sadness or anger.
Shelties are most happy in a balanced household.
From origin, Shelties are guard-dogs.
Alarming the farmer when strangers approached the property, barking at birds and other animals to keep them out of the garden and later keeping the sheep flocks in line…
It would come as no surprise that they can bark a bit more than other dogs.
But with consistant training, this can be controlled.
They are also known to be reserved towards strangers and have a very protective nature, which makes sense looking back on their origin.
Shetland Sheepdogs are a lovely breed, ever so loyal to their owner and don’t be surprised to find your Sheltie following you wherever you go…
That makes them a friend for life!