Friday, August 21, 2009

Shetland Sheepdog

Mostly called the "Sheltie" for short, the Shetland Sheepdog is what you would think is a smaller version of the Collie that works a lot. And you're right. They are an intelligent dog that was used to herd livestock. It was a chore that someone had to do, and the Sheltie was the chosen one. But the breed didn't mind. They don't mind almost anything that's thrown at them, even today. In fact, now, this dog is pretty self-contained. Maybe that explains why they're one of the most popular breeds.
This sheepdog has a fun side to it. It'll herd stuff like assorted clothes lying on the floor. It's pretty funny to witness a dog try to round up pieces of clothes. And these dogs have a heroic side to them. Sheties like to protect their families. So if they see an intruder, they'll try to warn you by barking loudly and repeatedly. It's no wonder these pooches are so popular!
They have 5 traits that make them an obvious breed. They have a long muzzle and a compact skull, making them look like a cute kanine! The other 3 traits are their long, rough coats, medium, alert ears, and a coloration that is usually white, black, and tan. If you want this breed, remember the considerations and care requirements for them.
They have a life span of 10-14 years or longer, so the money that you spend at the vet won't be a lot. But the money that you'll spend at the groomer's will be a lot, as Shelties are high maintenance. But a good thing is that this dog, like the poodle and the lab, is one of the most successful dogs for obedience. So they love to please you. And these dogs are great with any family, but they may try to herd toddlers, so train the Sheltie out of that habit. As long as you walk it daily, Shelties will go good in any community, in any climate. Furthermore, the Sheltie will become a special addition to any one's life and unless you hate lots of affection and attention, the Sheltie may be the best dog you've ever had!

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