Dog Breed Guide: Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)

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Shetland Sheepdog

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.

Origin: Scotland.

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 
Arthritis- Osteo $670 $2,851
Lipoma (Fatty Tumor) $640 $1549
Skin Allergies $613 $2,365
Ear Infection $225 $1215
Urinary Tract Infection $403 $716


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