Dog Breed Guide: Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
Posted on March 10, 2014 under Dog Topics
By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency for dogs and cats.
About the Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
Height (to base of neck): 13-16″
Weight: 16-20 lbs
Color: Sable, tri-colored, bi-black/blue, merle, double merle, and color headed white.
Coat: Long double coat.
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
Energy level: High
Exercise needs: High
Is a Shetland Sheepdog the Right Dog Breed for You?
The Sheltie is an eager to please, highly energetic and vocal dog. Originally descended from breeds used for herding, they are intensely loyal and can verge on timid with strangers, making them good watch dogs. The bred is highly intelligent and easily trainable, but requires a daily outlet for their energy to prevent undesirable behaviors, such as excessive barking and destructiveness. Coat sheds twice a year and requires weekly brushing to stay matt free.
5 Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Shetland Sheepdog
According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives
|Medical Issue||Average Claim Amount||Most Expensive Claim|
|Lipoma (Fatty Tumor)||$640||$1549|
|Urinary Tract Infection||$403||$716|
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