Shetland Sheepdog dog breed

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  • Country: Scotland
  • Group: Shepherd and Cattle
  • Weight: 9-11 kg
  • Height: 33-41 cm
  • Colors: tricolor (white, black, brown)
  • Training: easy, it is intelligent and willingness to learn
  • Grooming: thick double coat require brushing
  • Temperament: intelligent, active, calm, energetic
  • Health: gain weight easily
  • Litter size: 4 - 6 puppies
  • Lifespan: 12 - 15 years
  • Other names: Shetland Sheepdog, sheltie, Shetland Collie, Dwarf Scotch Shepherd, toon dog, dog shelters, Scottish Shepherd Dog, Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog dog

Shetland Sheepdog dog is named after the island of Shetland in Scotland. Initially the race was born after inperecherii of Border Collie dogs brought from Greenland whalers, seafarers, traders and invaders. Starting 18th century copies of Shetland were brought to England where breeders began a process of improvement of the breed.

Later, after a series of controlled mating dogs of spitz type of race result today. Originally called Shetland Collie, but because they create confusion with other names Collie Shetland Sheepdog was the change in (Shetland Sheepdog).

The selection process lasted until the 19th century In the 20th century the breed was officially recognized. The first recorded was a female sheltie named "Rose Badenock"

In the island where he had gradually disappeared origins of the breed, the dog being replaced by "brother" Border collie higher.

Food Shetland Sheepdog

The number of meals is 2, though 3 would be ideal. The amount of food depends on the dog's size, age, metabolism and activity level. Each dog is unique, just like humans.

It is said that the health of a dog is seen in the level of activity and fur. At Shepherd Shetland can see very well that this dog is energetic and has a long coat.

If you feed your dog with food bought from the store, whether it is dry or wet, be sure to be quality. If you opt for home-cooked food proportille beware of protein, vitamins or fat. Keep in mind that the Shetland Shepherd is prone to obesity.

The dog must always have at his disposal a bowl of water to drink when thirsty. Remember that sweets are not good for your pet. If you want to make them a joy to go to a pet store and cumparatii rewards. Chocolate is toxic to dogs.

Description Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog has a height of 33-41 cm and a weight of 9-11 kg. It is a small-medium sized dog. The eyes are dark or blue. The ears are small, short tops bent forward. The nose is black. Long tail covered with long hair worn left.

The double coat and ensures long dog and a thermal protection against the weather. It sheds all year round.

Standard colors of Shetland Shepherd are brown, white and black. Most copies have fur in three colors: white, black and brown. There are copies at prevailing brown or almost entirely missing.

Dogs that have white color more than 50% of the body are marked down in the competitions. There are dogs whose genes have been modified and may have white fur with black and blue or brown with white and blue in different proportions.

Behavior Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog dog is intelligent, active and hardworking. It has a calm personality and if he has to accomplish tasks would play all day with the owners or other animals from the household.

Barks that demands attention than looking comrades play. Many copies are very active, they show a fantastic energy and are difficult to control so that did not consume.

He loves children, gets along well with children and can be a pleasant companion. It is recommended for those who have time to assure an almost daily brushing. It has aggressive tendencies, not cranky and do not attack unprovoked. They are generally shy and reluctant.

Although not a large dog is not foreign trusts, prudence is one of his qualities. It is used to keep the house, herding the sheep and as a pet.

It is in very good climber and jumper, is fast, accurate and disciplined. Would bounce all day.

Training Shetland Sheepdog

Training is the means of communication between dog and man. It is a school that teaches how to behave in society. Shetland Sheepdog, like any dog ​​needs training.

His advantage is that catch much faster than other dogs. It has intelligence, willingness to learn and to master and crowds.

It needs socialization, exercise and training. You need to know at least the basic commands (sit, stay, lay down, etc.) to communicate more easily. Adora as the training have many challenges. It has strong instincts for herding dog.

They are very good watchdogs. They are considered some of the smartest dogs in the world.

Characteristics Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland sheepdog dog is not difficult to care for, but it requires a little patience. Long, double coat needs regular brushing hair falls out because almost all year.

Attention to Hairballs, thistles who can take off. Besides remember to check ears fur and claws regularly (especially those growing breed block).

Loves outdoor exercise because it is an active dog. Performs all duties with pleasure that is given to please their master. Do not economy deserves praise for them.

They are preferred as pets for affection, affection and kindness that they show.

Health Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdog dog can be prone to small dog syndrome. The disease refers to some behavioral problems of some breeds of dog.

With proper training and normal activity beneficial animal there is little chance for the disease to manifest itself. For those staying in an apartment building daily walks, which must necessarily be at least two, morning and evening, they are required.

Predisposition to obesity. The dog may gain weight easily if you do not move. It can remove if companion makes his daily routine of exercises and walks.

A low-risk genetic disease is an anomaly that is present more Border collie breed, but it seems to appear and Shetland.

Other diseases that have been found in Shetland are epilepsy, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand syndrome, cutaneous or disease. These diseases will not necessarily appear on each copy.

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