Shetland Sheepdog Breed Profile


Among the qualities of the Shetland Sheepdog is that they are loyal, intelligent, trainable, eager to please, affectionate, lively, aloof and reserved.

Family/Child Friendly

This breed of dog does good with children only if they are raised with children from an early age.

Lifespan and Weight

The average lifespan of this breed of dog is around 10 to 15 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 40 lbs.

Common Diseases

The most common diseases and medical conditions associated with this breed of dog include but are not limited to eye problems, hypothyrodism, epilepsy, hip dysplasia and skin allergies.

Housebreaking and Shedding

Housebreaking can be done with patience on part of the owner. Shedding is heavy, brush daily to maintain.

Best Owner Compatibility

Not suitable for the apartment or condo environment. Not suitable for the frequent traveler. Best Owner has a house with a yard to play in and lots of love and attention to give. This breed of dog will become neurotic if they are not given lots of room to run.

Where to Buy

The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.

Average Cost

You can expect to pay upwards of around $800+ per dog. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.

Aggression Factor

Not usually aggressive unless abused or neglected.

Noise Factor

This breed of dog makes for a good watchdog.

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