• Shetland Sheepdog

    Shetland Sheepdogs are small, longhaired dogs that move with effortless speed and a trotting gait and appear to have alert, gentle, intelligent expressions.

  • Group: Herding
    Lifespan: 12–15 yr
    Height: 13–14 in
    Weight: 12–24 lb

  • Care

    Shetland Sheepdogs need regular attention to keep their hair free of mats, tangles, and debris. Weekly brushing with a pin brush will remove dead undercoat and keep their coats looking sleek. Pay special attention to the areas around the ears, under the elbows on each front leg, and the “pants” under the tail, which are more prone to matting. Shetland Sheepdogs require almost-daily grooming during shedding season to remove dead hair and keep up with excess shedding. Their coats protect against the elements, so shaving their coats is not recommended. Shetland Sheepdogs benefit from a regular dental care routine that includes at-home teeth brushing and professional cleanings. Start these grooming practices when Shetland Sheepdogs are puppies to ensure they become a habit.

    Shelties have well-rounded muzzles; small ears set high and carried three-quarters erect; and almond-shaped dark eyes (with blue or merle eyes allowed in dogs with blue merle coloring).

  • Disorders

    Collie eye anomaly ( C E A) Deafness Dermatomyositis and ulcerative dermatosis Patent ductus arteriosus ( P D A)von Willebrand's disease
    Cataracts, colour dilution alopecia Corneal dystrophy Cryptorchidism, retained testicle Eyelash abnormalities Hip dysplasia, Microphthalmia; ocular dysgenesis Progressive retinal atrophy Progressive retinal atrophy
    Idiopathic epilepsy Hemophilia Hypothyroidism Lupus erythematosus (systemic, cutaneous/discoid) Dermatomyositis and ulcerative dermatosis

    Always visit a professional veterinarian if you believe your dog may have health issues.