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Shetland Sheepdog:Dog Breed Profile

The Shetland Sheepdog is a small breed of Collie, well-proportioned and beautiful, and can easily be mistaken for a coarse-haired shepherd. The ancestor of the Shetland Sheepdog is a shepherd breed, so it can become an excellent family dog and a clever guard dog.
The Shetland Sheepdog is far more popular in Britain and the United States than the Collie Sheepdog, and is one of the ten most popular domestic dogs.

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  • About Shetland Sheepdog Breed

    The Shetland Sheepdog is derived from the place of origin, referred to as shelt. In ancient times, the Shetland Sheepdog was used as an excellent shepherd dog, able to withstand the cold, good physical strength, good eyesight, loyal and honest to the owner, very clever and reliable, so it was widely bred at that time. The Shetland Sheepdog has a history of hundreds of years and is one of the most popular dog breeds in Japan. It is now mainly distributed in the United Kingdom and North America. Some people believe that it was produced by the breeding of Scottish Collie and Spitz (partner of the Nordic fishermen); others believe that it originated from King Charles Spaniel. Loyal and obedient, enthusiastic and cheerful, with intellectual temperament. However, the personality of Shetland will vary according to the owner, because they are very loyal and emotional to the owner, and easy to train. They naturally like to be with the owner and are quite emotional. But it is very wary of strangers. No matter what the situation, it always has reservations to strangers, but it will certainly not show fear or flinch.

Shetland Sheepdog Breed Daily Care

The Shetland Sheepdog is a long-haired breed of terrier whose back coat is a great appreciation of the breed. Shetland should be groomed in the following way.

1. First, when combing the long neck hair of Shetland, everyone should be in the direction of grooming from down to up, and arrange the hair of Shetland from the neck to the head.

2. When we comb the hair of the hind legs, we should comb the upper part of the legs from the feet, and comb the thigh from the knees to the back. 3. When combing the hair at the end of Shetland's tail, we should encourage the long hairs on his hips to the sides. 4. When combing the Shetland tail, we shall turn the tail up from the rear to reveal the bottom and hold the brush upward from the anus, that is, comb it from the bottom up. 5. When we comb the Shetland's belly hair, we should let the dog lie on its side, then comb halfway. When the dog is lying on its side, the hair on the abdomen should be combed out from the midline. Let the dog lie on its side in the other direction after combing, and then comb out from the middle line.


Raising a Shetland sheepdog is a very careful job, and the allocation of dog food is especially important. Proper nutrition will affect a dog's life. According to the nutrient composition of various feeds and the nutritional needs of dogs, select and match them in one. Consider protein, fat, and carbohydrate needs first, then vitamin and mineral supplements, first quality, then quantity. It is to cannot feed singly for a long time next feed, lest cause anorexia, should change the formula of daily food in due time, adjust feed. It is the digestibility that should consider food next, the food that eats into the body and cannot be absorbed completely by digestion and use, if the digestibility of plant sex protein is 80%, have 20% cannot use. Therefore, the dietary content of various nutrients should be higher than the nutritional needs of dogs. The last is to pay attention to health, feed to fresh, clean, easy to digest, mildewed feed can not be used.


Because, Shetland's hair is long, long hair would give their ears to conceal, let the dog eat ear cannot very good ventilated breathe freely, time is long, the dog's ear more bacteria, so that the dog hair ear disease, so the owner should timely for them clean ear health, reduce the risk of dog hair ear disease. Also note that the host is in the process of breeding shetland, every day need to take the right amount of time, take them to the outdoor to do some right amount motion, to satisfy their need to grow, it can not only enhance the Shetland physique, can also make their intestines and stomach is unblocked, the growth of this dog.

We should start training the Shetland sheepdog at 2-3 months, and then when the Shetland sheepdog is 3-6 months old, we will start the systematic training. You also have to train Shetland sheepdog in different ways, depending on its growth cycle. In addition, in the process of training Shetland, the owner should let the dog develop good living habits and a docile and friendly personality so that Shetland can live more harmoniously with the owner. At 2-3 months of age, the dog has been successfully weaned and has been vaccinated. At this point, the master's training should be based on the training of habits and habits. First of all, let Shetland sheepdog puppy to develop daily regular, fixed eating habits, and to let it develop the habit of not picky eaters. Then the puppy is trained to defecate in a fixed place to go to the toilet, do not defecate in the room, affecting the normal life of the owners. When Shetland sheepdog enters the age of 6 months, it is a critical period for the dog's feelings to change from simple to rich. The feelings of Shetland sheepdog are gradually forming. So this is the best time to train your dog's character and sentiment. At this stage, the host should train Shetland sheepdog to be kind to others and gentle. During the training, the owner should give the dog more love and care, communicate with Shetty every day, and make Shetland sheepdog feel friendly and comfortable in the process of sports and play. While cultivating the Shetland sheepdog's loyalty and obedience to its master, it should also feel the warmth and learn to have love in its heart.

Shetland Sheepdog drinking is at the same level as human drinking water, so don't try to fool your dog with tap water, drink whatever water you drink, and do it for your dog's health. The shetland sheepdog's sink should always be disinfected, and the Shetland sheepdog should be trained not to drink from the standing water in the sink. It is important to note that during the summer months, shetland sheepdogs are designed to have low heat dissipation, so they often need to drink a lot of water. It is important to maintain the principle of "a small number of times" at this time. It is not good for the dog to drink more than one time.

Shetland Sheepdog Breed History

The Shetland Sheepdog is native to Scotland and has a history of hundreds of years since it was born. It is very popular in Japan and is currently mainly distributed in the UK and North America. For centuries, this dog has been responsible for driving sheep and guarding the Shetland Islands, which is a coastal reef island in Scotland. Animals on this island are generally small, so the dog size is not big. Shetland first established the club in 1908. The following year Scotland also established the Shetland Club, which was introduced to England in the late 19th century. After being introduced to the United States in 1911, the dog has been deeply welcomed, and now the dog has spread all over the world. The first Shetland Sheepdog registered with the AKC (American Kennel Club) was the "Lord Scott" (Lord Scott) registered in 1911, a dark sable shepherd from the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Its owner is John G. Sherman, Jr. of New York. After being introduced to the United States, pastures and farms have become the new home of the Shetland Sheepdog. No matter where in the United States, it always plays a decisive role in family and work. Because the origin of this breed is the Scottish Sheepdog, it was not until 1914 that the breed received a separate classification and was named Shetland Sheepdog instead of Scottish Sheepdog. In 1915, the first challenging certificate was awarded to this breed. After that, the First World War occurred, which caused the development of this breed to stagnate, and this process continued for several years before it was eased. In 1929, during the exhibition at the Westminster Kennel Club in the United States, the Shetland Sheepdog Association, the Breed Origin Club, was established, and the first special exhibition of Shetland Sheepdogs was held in 1933.


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