Shetland Sheepdog, also known as “Sheltie” is a dog that has more capabilities, intelligent, easy to train and loyal, also looks like a miniature rough Collie. and indeed, this dog still had an alliance with Rough Collies. at first, Shetland Sheepdog even been referred to as “Shetland Collie“. Spitz breeds are also thought to play an important role in the development of this dog type.
Shetland Sheepdog Ancestors believed to have originated from the Scandinavian area. off the coast of Scotland, on the Shetland island, this dog helps keep hungry birds from the farmer’s field and the farmer’s sheep out of the garden. besides, the dog was also used as a drover dog. in Norway, Shetland sheepdog herding flocks and also helping farmers keep their fields.
Now, the Shetland Sheepdog is a very good family friend and superstar in dog sports.
Shetland Sheepdog male and female has a height of about 33 to 40.6 cm (13-16 inches), weight both between 6.4 to 12.3 kg (about 14-27 pounds).
At first glance, Shetland Sheepdog look as a miniature Collie Haired rough. Sheltie has a long head, a narrow snout wedge-shaped, above the black nose. medium-sized almond-shaped eyes, dark color, some shelties have a blue merle eyes color. they have small ears stand up straight, solid body, muscular, leads to a long tail reaches hock.
for coats, Shelties have a double beautiful coat, thick and lush. base layer is a layer of fuzz-covered, rough layer covering the upper part. Sheltie also have the same hairs on his neck ruff as the Rough Collie, but much less. for color, Sheltie has some colors, including white, blue merle, chocolate, sable and tricolor. some additional color some merle Sheltie comes with pattern and color of the original tri sable. All coats have white hair present proportions.
Shetland Sheepdog is an intelligent dog, alert, easy to train, sociable, loyal and affectionate. For wit, Sheltie included in the top ten for intelligence descent, and his wit make easy and very quickly receive training. They excel in dog sports such as flyball and agility, in fact they often got the champion in the race arena that include obedience, agility and herding.
They are loving, loyal, and affectionate with their family, they even want to be included in all family activities both outdoors and indoors. Shelties easy to get along with children and other pets. socialization should be done as early as possible, while Sheltie still young . For families who are more active little dog, Sheltie is very suitable.
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Shetland Sheepdogs can survive up to 15 years old, on average about 12 to 15 years. like his brother (rough haired Collie), Sheltie prone to eye problems, Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA), CEA is inherited and congenital diseases of the eye that affects certain parts of the eye, causing blindness in some of the dog’s eyes. unfortunately, there is no treatment for CEA. It is important to remember that this condition is a genetic disorder, and your breeder should be notified if your dog has a condition. several other diseases: Hypothyroidism, the disease occurs when the body can not maintain sufficient levels of thyroid hormone. The signs that look like weight gain, slow heart rate, thinning coat, dry skin, and sensitivity to cold. if you get your Sheltie show signs, please contact your veterinarian immediately. Canine hip dysplasia, is a condition in which the thighbone does not fit into the hip socket of the hip joint. please remember, that Hip dysplasia can exist with or without clinical symptoms. so the examination is very important. Sheltie you to consult your veterinarian. Von Willebrand disease, is an inherited blood disorder caused by a deficiency of clotting factor VIII antigen (von Willebrand factor). symptoms appear, among others; excessive bleeding after injury or surgery, nosebleeds, bleeding gums, or bleeding in the stomach or intestines. Dermatomyositis, a congenital disorder that can cause skin lesions and, in some severe cases, the disease can affect the muscles. Skin lesions may appear on the head, ears, and front legs. If you find damage to the hair (hair loss) and extensive scarring on the face and ears, and the feet, the tail end, then you need to be alert to the possibility of your dog contracting this disease.
Shelties are also more susceptible to Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) than other breeds. TCC is a cancer of the bladder, and can be diagnosed early by regular urinalysis from a normal veterinarian. encouraged to feed naturally, because Sheltie easy ride weight. Some herding dogs carry MDR1 gene that makes them sensitive to certain drugs, if positive carry this gene, the provision of drugs to kill them. so you have to be careful giving drugs to a specific purpose.
keep in mind, that not all Shelties will get any or all of these diseases, but it is important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed as your pet.
Care and training
Sheltie requires routine maintenance, make sure the fur and hair is clean and there are no big knot disturb coat appearance. if there is a node that interfere in the hair, then you need to cut it.
Sheltie is an active dog, they require quite a lot of exercise both physical and mental stimulation are consistent, firm but positive, at least daily jogging. in addition, they also like to free walk, chasing and trailing. but you should not ignore the Shelties, because they can show bad behavior, if they do not get the training needs. For Shetland Sheepdog puppies, enough with daily jogging, because they like to walk, in one day sometimes they want a few times to walk.