Shetland Sheepdog Puppies
When considering a new dog, have you been looking at Shetland Sheepdog puppies?
These dogs are adorable, but they do require a lot of consideration. Here’s everything you need to know about this breed.
Where To Get Shetland Sheepdog Puppies
Bad news for those committed to adopting — it’s very rare to find a Shetland Sheepdog in a shelter, let alone a puppy. They’re highly-desired purebreds, which means shelters don’t often see them coming in. However, you might be able to find a rescue that’s specific to the breed in your area. Rescues often work with one breed to ensure they get the best possible home, but they might have high requirements. Rescues often require you to have a low-commitment work schedule and a large backyard that’s fenced in, as well as experience with the breed. Jenvious…
Most people getting a Shetland Sheepdog go through a breeder.
This, however, does come with its own considerations. Unfortunately, there are plenty of bad breeders out there — otherwise known as backyard breeders. They breed dogs without considering the health or temperament of the parents, creating unhealthy puppies.
If you’re going to a breeder, look for the following green flags: a willingness to talk to you and answer any questions; willingness to let you meet the parents; health records of the parents; shot records for the puppies; AKC papers; and a spay/neuter contract. They should also never let puppies leave their littermates and mother because they’re eight weeks old, regardless of if they’re weaned or not. Puppies learn bite inhibition and other vital skills from their littermates! Thames…
From a reputable breeder, a Shetland Sheepdog will cost between $850 and $2000. Anything much less is a red flag, and may not be purebred. Rescues will usually charge an adoption fee that can be anywhere up to $500 but may include things like shots, spaying/neutering, etc.
These dogs are, first and foremost, herding dogs. That means you might experience some nipping as a puppy! Never reward the biting and ignore them when they do it, or redirect them to a toy. Have some patience and they’ll learn not to bite.
They’re very active dogs and need a lot of outlets for their energy. Having a fenced-in backyard is ideal because it gives them space to run, but it can be done without one. You’ll just have to take them on long walks and find parks to let them run around in!
They’re highly intelligent and tend to pick up on things very quickly. You’ll no doubt be impressed at how fast this dog learns! Give them lots of outlets for their intelligence too. These dogs love having a job to do, so provide puzzles and lots of trick training if you want to have a dog that’s well-behaved. Otherwise, intelligent dogs can become destructive, as they’re constantly looking for something to do. Sheltie_beauty…
Shetland Sheepdog Puppies – Veterinary Needs
The Shetland Sheepdog has some minor health concerns, such as hip dysplasia. You can keep an eye out for these by ensuring you keep up with preventative vet visits. It’s also another reason your puppy’s parents should be health-tested, to make sure nothing hereditary passes down.
Otherwise, your puppy will have the same veterinary needs as any other dog. You should make sure they get their puppy shots, usually starting at around eight weeks old (though your breeder may start them sooner). This will be a series of three or four injections to protect them against parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases. A Rabies vaccine will be administered at the end of this, and you can choose some optional ones too.
Monthly flea and heartworm prevention medicine is essential too.
When it comes to picking food for your puppy, most owners choose raw or kibble. There are advantages to either.
With kibble being the most popular choice, there are a few things to bear in mind.
The first is that you should never choose a grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
The second is that you should do your research on the ingredients. Sometimes, food — especially cheap food — is more full of filler than nutrients, which can be a real problem when it comes to making sure your dog gets everything they need. Ask your vet for advice on brands when in doubt.
Some owners choose to forego kibble altogether and feed raw, which has many benefits. Just make sure you use meals prepared by a dog nutritionist who knows what they’re doing, as dogs are omnivores who need a lot of things in their diet. Many subscription services can deliver raw meals right to your door. Unna…
This dog’s grooming needs are no joke! Their coat will need to be brushed every day to prevent matting, and it’s ideal to have it professionally trimmed every now and again.
Otherwise, you should keep up to date with cleaning their ears and teeth. Nail care is also essential. Trim or file down their nails with a Dremel every six to eight weeks to ensure they aren’t tapping on the floor and causing them discomfort. If your dog is uncomfortable with the process, provide lots of high-value treats to give them a positive association with it.