Sheltie: Characteristics, Temperament, Health, Care & Training


Keywords: Sheltie

Shelties are Shetland Sheepdogs that come in many different colors. Shelties love to be around people and like to play, but they tend to not want any attention from strangers. Shelties need lots of exercise so their energy doesn’t get out of control, but they also need time for relaxation. Shelties can live up to 15 years with proper care and training so you must know how long your Sheltie will live before getting one.


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Shelties are good with children as long as they remember their Sheltie is a “dog,” and will have the Sheltie characteristics of being loyal. Shelties can sometimes be skittish around bigger dogs so keep this in mind before getting a Shetland Sheepdog. Shelties also shed a decent amount of fur, but not enough for it to cause a problem for you or your family members. Shetland Sheepdogs come in many different colors such as sable and white, tri-color, blue merle, and bi-color.


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Shetland Sheepdogs are one of the most active breeds of dogs that exist today. They need plenty of exercises every day because if they don’t get enough exercise they will start to misbehave. Shelties need around an hour or two of work every day. Shetland Sheepdogs are also very intelligent dogs, so it is easy for them to pick up new tricks if taught, but they are easily distracted when it comes to training. Shelties are very energetic and full of life which makes them great for playtime because that’s when they use their mouths the most. Shetland Sheepdogs want to be with people because that is how they have been raised since birth, so you need to take your Sheltie everywhere you go so he doesn’t become unhappy if he misses out on activities.


Shelties are very healthy dogs, but they can have problems with their eyesight. Shetland Sheepdogs are also prone to having back issues so be careful if you plan on letting your Sheltie sleep on your bed because Shetland Shephard’s legs could become stuck under the covers and cause hip problems for them. Shelties can also easily get overheated in hot temperatures and over-exercise, and this will make them very weak and sick if not taken care of properly. Shelties need to live indoors where it is cool.


Shelties need a lot of attention from their owners, or else they may develop some behavior problems such as barking too much or chewing up furniture. Shetland Sheepdogs are not the best dogs for people who live in apartments because Shetland Shephards are very energetic and they need space to run around. Although Shelties don’t get sick often, Shetland Shephards may have problems breathing when the weather is cold so extra attention needs to be paid to care during these times.

Training Tips

Once you get a Sheltie, you must keep him on schedule with his training. If he doesn’t follow through with some type of schedule then your Sheltie will become confused which can cause behavior problems later on in his life. Getting a Sheltie means that you are getting into a long-term commitment with someone who will love more than just you, but also your family as well. Shelties are extremely loyal to their owners so it is important that they follow through with training or else Shetland Shephards will become stubborn and hard-headed. Shetland Shephards have been known to be a bit mischievous around the house, and chewing up furniture can be a problem if you don’t train your Sheltie from a young age not to do that type of behavior.

Shetland Shepherds are available all over the world for purchase, but make sure you check up on the breeder before purchasing one.

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