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The Shetland Sheepdog resembles to the Rough Collie. It is strong, nimble and lightly built. It is a beautiful dog, with a long, wedge-shaped head. It is a fast runner and good jumper, agile and swift. Puppies are beguiling and exhibit a desire to please from a very young age. It is an outstanding companion dog with a delightful temperament.
For centuries this little dog was used to herd and guard the sheep flocks of the Shetlands, those rugged islands off the Scottish coast where many of the animals are rather small in stature. It is an intelligent herder, capable both of commanding large cattle and holding small sheep in check.
Sable, tricolor, blue merle, black and white and black and tan.
Outer coat of long, straight, harsh-textured hair; soft, short-haired close undercoat. Regular brushing is important. Mist the coat lightly with water before you begin and tease out the mats before they get bad, but use the comb sparingly. This breed is quite fastidious about its cleanliness; bathe or dry shampoo only when absolutely necessary. This breed is a seasonally heavy shedder.
There is a tendency toward inherited malformation and disease of the eyes. Some lines may be prone to hypothyroidism. It is prone to displacement of the patella (kneecap), which is thought to be inherited. Do not overfeed your Sheltie!
To minimize the risk of your dog developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Shetland Sheepdog puppy from a reputable breeder.