The Shollie is a cross between the German Shepherd and the Collie. Because of their high energy and traits that people often don’t expect, you can often find them in shelters. This is good news for those who are committed to adopting!
In terms of appearance, you can expect a medium to large dog. They may have long or short coats, depending on the parents, and will likely take after them in color as well. They’re generally healthy dogs but you should keep an eye out for things like hip dysplasia that may crop up in life. If you get your Shollie from a breeder, make sure the breeder has tested the parents’ hips to prevent this. They will shed quite a bit, so beware of this!
Shollie – A High Energy Dog
They are full of energy. They’re a mixed herding breed, which means they can go all day long if given the option! A fenced-in backyard with space to run will help this a lot, but the most important thing you can do is walk them. Walks provide better stimulation because all of the sniffing wears them out as much as the walking around itself.
While these dogs are very loyal and loving with their family (as well as highly intelligent!), they can be a little reserved around strangers. This is due to their careful and wary personality. You can help this by socializing them lots as puppies and giving them some truly great experiences with strangers. Have strangers give them lots of treats and make sure they go at the dog’s comfort rate. When your dog is an adult, they may then make the association that strangers are good, actually! Socialization and training is key in raising any dog, especially a Shollie.
A dog that you will absolutely love to own.