Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) Right for You?
other dog breed a Sheltie may not fit every household.
Shelties have many temperament traits, most are fairly
common to the breed. Shelties were bred in the Scottish
Shetland Islands specifically to help shepherds with
their sheep. These temperament traits made them perfect
for this type of work. It's important to remember their
roots when you think about their temperament.
Shelties bark! ....when something is not right, when
they’re happy, when they play, and especially when
they have something to say.
Shelties are somewhat reserved or as some people say
“shy,” but most
Shelties like to get to know someone before getting
close to them.
Shelties are very loyal to the people they know
Shelties are sound sensitive and reactive. Shelties
are “always on duty.”
Shelties chase (herd) almost anything that moves,
especially wheels on cars and bicycles and deer
running in the woods, or squirrels.
Shelties are smart and need to keep their minds and
bodies active. If you don’t give them a job, they
will invent one... and you may not like it.
Shelties don’t like to spend time away from their
people. You will notice this when you try to leave
or when you come home. If they are left alone all
day, especially as an only dog, a Sheltie is usually
not a happy dog.
Shelties are sensitive to the moods of their people.
They want a home where calmness is the way of life.
Shelties are an active breed and need exercise
everyday - one of the most important reasons they
need a fenced in yard. or more than a walk around
Shelties have a double coat (rough outer coat and
soft undercoat), which requires regular grooming at
least every two weeks. They shed their undercoat
year-round. “Tumbleweeds”, as we call them, are
common in Sheltie homes.
want to be an important part of the family. They make
everyone's business their business and make loud
comments on what they see. They do not like being left
behind and will voice their disapproval by twirling and
jumping as well.
are very selective on who is they give their affection,
and they observe from a distance. They sense human moods
and will be happy and sad along with you. They love
attention, and love to learn because they are very easy
to train. They excel at agility, obedience competition,
rally, disc dog, flyball, and herding.
If you are
considering adopting a Sheltie into your home, be
prepared to spend a lot of time, energy, and love on
this furbaby member…for that is what they need to
thrive. In return, a Sheltie, will give you
unconditional love, the most wonderful moments of your
life and memories you will cherish in your heart
learn more about Shelties on the website of the American
Shetland Sheepdog Association (www.assa.org) and in
Sheltie Talk, by Betty Jo McKinney (the new edition