Shetland Sheepdog

KC Pedigree, Medium

Fluff monster

Not good for first time owners

Like the Shetland Pony, the Shetland Sheepdog is a hardy but diminutive breed develeoped to withstand the harsh island conditions.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Anyone wanting a little 'Lassie'.

Not the best for ...

Someone who doesn't want a dog smarter than them. Dr Stanley Coren, expert in animal intelligence, found that the Sheltie could understand a new command in fewer than five repetitions.

Aliases

Sheltie, Miniature Collie

Cross between

None

Origin

United Kingdom

Size

Medium
Average size - could pick up if you had to in an emergency

Exercise Needs

Medium (About an hour)
Doesn't have to be a solid hour, you can give them lots of short walks.

Coat

Double trouble!
There she blows. Dense undercoat that could stuff a mattress when you start combing it out.

Shedding

Fluff monster
Buy shares in Dyson - tell people you are wearing mohair if embarrassed

Life expectancy

13 years

Good first dog?

Maybe

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