The Shetland Sheepdog Dog Breed

The Shetland Sheepdog comes from the Shetland Islands off the north coast of Scotland. They are considered a Herding Dog Breed by the American Kennel Club. They are related to the collie breeds.

Size and Appearance

This beautiful sheepdog is a small to medium sized dog standing 14-16 inches (35-40cm) and weighing 15 to 18 pounds (6-8 kg).

It really is an attractive breed. One of the great features is an abundant, longhaired coat. This longhaired coat features a mane and frill. The coat colors commonly come in sable, tricolor, blue merle, black and white, as well as black and tan. And because their coats are so long and thick they require a lot of brushing and grooming.

Personality and Attitude

This is a breed with a more moderate energy level than some others in the herding group. They like to play but do not demand that they get attention like some others in their group. They are easily trained, excel with obedience training, and are eager to please their owners. They show great affection towards their owners and can be wary of strangers. They tend to bark a lot.

They can be a good family pet since they are gentle, bright and affectionate.

With good care they will live 12-14 years (an average lifespan)

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