The Shetland Sheepdog is a beautiful little dog. Standing at only 15 inches or less, it’s mainly recognizable by its long coat and face. They look exactly like Rough Collies, only smaller, and come in a variety of different colors. The rare ones (like blue merle) tend to be the most desirable.
These dogs are herding dogs before anything else. That means you’ll not only have to keep up with their boundless energy, but they may be a little nippy! If you have small children, be prepared to spend a long time working on a firm “leave it”. You’ll also have to teach your children how to interact with the dog. It’s very hard to fight a herding instinct in a dog so stay patient and prepared. Lots of positive reinforcement and a calm nature will really help your dog listen to you.
Shetland Sheepdog – A Super Energetic Dog
It is possible to have them live in an apartment but, due to that boundless energy, it can be difficult. They do better with a fenced-in backyard. If you have one in an apartment, you should be prepared to take them on long walks every day. When they’re an adult, that is — small puppies shouldn’t be going on long walks, not even the energetic Shetland Sheepdog!
They are highly intelligent, and that is a blessing and a curse. Although they’ll learn things quickly, you may find them a little manipulative and stubborn at times! Make sure you keep your patience here too and you’ll end up with an amazing dog. Shetland Sheepdogs learn manners quickly and can also learn a bunch of amusing party tricks. Trick training really helps you bond with your dog, so try it out with a breed as amazing as this one. You will quickly grow to love this breed.