Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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Sheltie Puppies

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Anna Olson
Aug 20 ·

If you’ve been looking for a new family dog, Shetland sheepdogs probably caught your attention. Sheltie puppies are also so cute, they’re hard to resist. Like any dog, however, Shetland sheepdogs have their own unique needs. You as owner will be fully responsible for their lives. Our Sheltie Puppies: The Complete Guide can help you with important steps. Ava…

Where To Find A Sheltie Puppy

If you’re committed to bringing a Shetland sheepdog puppy into your life, your best bet is a reputable breeder. While there are 93 Sheltie rescue organizations in the United States alone, these are usually focused on finding new forever homes for older dogs in need. If you’re okay with adopting an older Sheltie, rescuing may be a great option for you! Otherwise, we definitely recommend doing your research and finding an ethical Shetland sheepdog breeder.

Cost

A Shetland sheepdog puppy from a reputable breeder can cost anywhere from $1000-$2000. If you’re looking for a show-quality Sheltie, the puppy can cost as much as $6000! Even if you’re not looking for a show dog, don’t fall for low prices for a Sheltie puppy. If a price seems too good to be true, it probably is. Otis…

A high cost for a puppy should include prices for necessary vet visits. This applies to both the puppies and their parents, as well as the cost of the birth. Ethical Sheltie breeders will also perform medical screenings to rule out any genetic conditions common to Shelties in their puppies. The cost should also contribute to clean and comfortable housing. Ultimately, a high cost for a puppy is worth it. You know you’ll get a healthy puppy who will be in your life for years to come.

Ethical Sheltie Breeders

Reputable Shetland sheepdog breeders are committed to the overall health of the bloodline and quality in their puppies and breeding pairs. They will treat and house their dogs well, usually only keeping one breeding pair of Shelties at a time. Here are a few more signs of a reputable Sheltie breeder:

  • Complete transparency with medical records
  • Answer any questions you might have
  • Let you visit their breeding location and meet the puppies and their parents (or share videos, or let you see via Zoom call)
  • American Kennel Club registration
  • Belong to a breed parent club for the Shetland Sheepdog

Don’t be taken in by a backyard breeder. Their low prices may seem appealing, or maybe you want to rescue a puppy from an unhealthy situation. However, giving a backyard breeder money will just allow them to continue their unethical practices. It’s best to put your financial support towards someone who really cares about their puppies, their parents, and the breed as a whole. This is Bella…

Temperament

Originally, Shetland sheepdogs helped farmers on Scotland’s remote Shetland Islands. They helped herd sheep, poultry, and even ponies! Their smaller size, intentionally created through selective breeding, meant they did not have to eat as much food as their bigger collie ancestors. On remote islands with harsh winters, this was often helpful in times of limited food. Since the Shetland Islands are so isolated, the Shetland sheepdog wasn’t recognized as a breed until the early 20th century.

While Shelties are still used on farms, they’re now also recognized as great family dogs. They’re especially good with children, and may even exercise their herding and protective instincts with them. They’re very affectionate with their family members, but quite reserved around strangers.

Shelties are often described as bright and eager. This means a lot of intelligence and mental energy, as well as physical energy. A Shetland sheepdog will need lifetime mental stimulation and lots of exercise. They can easily get bored, which could lead to destructive chewing behavior, or the herding of your kids or other pets. Expect a lot of barking, too.

A Shetland sheepdog generally lives 12-14 years. That’s a lot of time to get to know and love your Sheltie! This is Hugo…

Sheltie Puppies – Appearance

Shetland sheepdogs basically look like a rough-coated collie in miniature form. They look so similar, in fact, that they were originally recognized as the Shetland collie until 1914. Individual dogs come in a variety of markings and colors, including reddish-brown, black, white, blue merle, sable, and tan. Like a collie, Shelties have narrow, pointed noses and jaws. They’re small and compact, measuring only 13-16 inches at the shoulder, and normally weighing 15-25 pounds.

Grooming

Shetland Sheepdogs, as a rule, only need occasional baths. However, you should brush them with a slicker brush or rake at least once a week. Shelties have two coats. The topcoat is rough-haired, while the softer and fluffier undercoat is the main source of shedding. During shedding season, brush them more than once a week. You should also be checking regularly for mats. These normally form on the belly, behind the ears, the armpits, and under the tail. A detangling or de-matting comb can help you with these. Eyrin…

If you pay regular attention to your Sheltie’s coat, it’s less likely to need shaving or grooming help. It’s important not to shave a Shetland sheepdog unless absolutely necessary. Their double coats protect them against rain, cold, and even sunburns.

Along with their coats, you’ll want to pay regular attention to their nails and teeth. Trimming your dog’s nails when needed prevents discomfort for them. It also helps protect any hardwood floors you may have in your home. Regular tooth-brushing is especially important for dogs with narrow jaws, like the Sheltie. Brushing your Sheltie’s teeth at least three times a week will help prevent plaque buildup and dental disease. Make sure to use a toothbrush and toothpaste specifically made for dogs. Learn more about cleaning your dog’s teeth here.

Sheltie Puppies – Training

The first necessary step for your Shetland sheepdog puppy is to offer them proper socialization. This doesn’t just mean introducing them to new dogs or people. It also means getting them used to new situations and locations. You can sign your Sheltie up for a puppy socialization class if you’re not sure where to start.

Luckily, Shelties are very intelligent dogs and are generally eager to please you as their owner. This makes them great with basic obedience tasks and training. They’re also well-known for their skill level in agility training and obstacle courses. Since your Sheltie will need lifelong mental and physical stimulation, this might make a great extra activity for them. Lakit…

Like most herding dogs, Shetland sheepdogs love to chase moving objects. Unfortunately, the moving objects can also include cars. To keep them out of danger, make sure to focus on heel and stay commands. Fence in your dog’s yard or play space, and only walk them with a leash.

Sheltie Puppy Vet Needs

All puppies need a series of vaccinations. These will protect them from potentially deadly diseases like parvovirus, rabies, distemper, and kennel cough, among others. Once you get your Sheltie puppy, take them to the vet every three weeks until they’re 16 to 18 weeks of age. From that point on, take your pup to the vet every year for a health checkup and booster shots. Don’t be afraid to call your vet at any point if you notice a change in your Sheltie’s behavior or health.

Since you bought your Sheltie from an ethical breeder, they will have screened their breeding stock for health issues common to the breed. However, you should still keep an eye out for symptoms of these conditions. If your pup develops any symptoms, your vet can help you with management and prevention.

Shetland sheepdogs are genetically prone to thyroid disease, hip dysplasia, eye diseases, a skin condition called dermatomyositis, a blood clotting disorder called von Willebrand’s disease, gallbladder mucoceles which could lead to stones, epilepsy, cardiac disease and defects, and allergies.

Diet

Shetland sheepdogs are small dogs with a high energy level. Therefore, we recommend a food specifically made for small to medium sized dogs, and one that is high in recognizable proteins. This can include a commercially made kibble or wet food, a raw food, or a home cooked food. Consult with your vet or a certified pet nutritionist to find out which food is right for your Sheltie!

How much a Sheltie needs to eat every day will depend on their age, whether they’re spayed or neutered, and their current weight. You’ll want to make sure all proteins and fats in your dog’s food come from recognizable and healthy sources. Meat or meat meal should be the first ingredient in any high-quality dog food. Poultry, beef, and short-lived fish like whitefish or salmon are all great sources of protein for dogs. Louie…

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While carbs are still important for balancing out protein, you’ll want a food with a low or moderate percentage of carbohydrates for a Sheltie. Sweet potato, oats, rice, and barley, are all healthy sources of carbs with additional dietary fiber. Generally, we don’t recommend foods with corn or soy as the carbohydrate source. Corn and soy do not contain as much fiber, are usually more processed, and can also trigger food allergies in your dog.

Like many dog breeds, Shetland sheepdogs are susceptible to obesity. While the occasional treat makes a great reward, try not to feed your Sheltie too many. Don’t let them indulge in leftover people food, either.

Sheltie Puppies: Photos

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Sheltie puppies really are the cutest.

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Anna Olson

Anna has a passion for keeping pets healthy and happy. She grew up with a Great Pyrenees as a family dog. Currently and currently has an orange tabby. She worked at a dog grooming and bathing salon where she learnt more about canine behavior and bathing. She lives in Wisconsin, in the United States. When she is not writing, she helps her partner run their small business, knitting, and enjoying local parks.

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