Shetland Sheepdog

Other name: Sheltie

Photo: adult dog of Shetland Sheepdog breed
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Life expectancy

The Shetland Sheepdog has a life expectancy of between 10 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 13 and 15 in
Male Between 14 and 15 in

Adult weight

Female Between 15 and 22 lb
Male Between 15 and 22 lb
Coat colour
Black White Red Blue
Type of coat
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Shetland Sheepdog costs between £775 and £910

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More details about the Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog: Origins and history

The Icelandic sheepdog is thought to be the ancestor of the Sheltie. This dog was crossed with working collies brought over from the Scottish mainland. By the early 1800s the dog that was to become the Sheltie had migrated south from the subarctic archipelago. It was further bred with rough collies and spaniels. The resulting ‘Sheltie’ quickly became a popular choice of herding dog for farmers all over the UK, and their prowess in the field has stuck ever since.

FCI classification of the Shetland Sheepdog

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Shetland Sheepdog

Exceptionally easy to train is the Sheltie. Training however must be done right: a confident master who is consistent and varies their style of training is essential. Shetland Sheepdogs get bored easily of routine.

Shetland Sheepdog: Purchase price

The price for a Shetland Sheepdog can vary according to its origin, gender and age. For a dog registered at the Kennel Club, they will cost approximately £910.

Concerning your average monthly budget to satisfy your Shetland sheepdog’s needs, it will vary between £120 to £160.

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