Shetland Sheepdog

Other names: Shetland Sheepdog, Sheltie, Colley Shetland

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The Shetland Sheepdog is a small, long-haired working dog. Elegant, supple and graceful in appearance, he looks a lot like a young Collie, but he is indeed part of a breed apart. Without heaviness or disproportions, it is harmoniously constructed and displays an expression that is both gentle and intelligent.



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Hair type Long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 7 kg to 10 kg From 35 cm to 38 cm
Male From 7 kg to 10 kg From 36 cm to 40 cm
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History of the breed

The Shetland Sheepdog is nevertheless a breed in its own right. He was highly regarded by sheep farmers for his great intelligence and his ability to provide quality work with the herds , even under the most difficult conditions. Today, it continues to make a few shepherds happy, but it is mainly used as a companion dog. He is also particularly good at agility events. Its official standard currently in force was published in 2013.

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Physical features

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Shetland Sheepdog is a dog of remarkable gentleness and intelligence . Awake and active , he is basically a very good sheepdog. Attentive and attached to his master , he is rather wary of strangers and is never fearful . He gets along very well with children thanks to his kindness and his playful side. Without being an excellent watchdog, he can be a good warning.

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While attentive and intelligent , the Shetland Sheepdog is nonetheless a rather stubborn dog at times. He must therefore be educated with a certain firmness. Be careful, however, not to rush it too much, because it is quite sensitive . Excessively scolded, he can become depressed. The owner should keep the training interesting for his dog, as the Shetland Sheepdog can easily get bored if he repeatedly repeats an exercise he has already successfully completed.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Although bred for outdoor work , the Shetland Sheepdog has adapted perfectly to city life, especially indoors and in apartments. As long as he enjoys his long daily walks and enjoys regular exercise from his master, any lifestyle can suit him .


Ease of gaining weight

The Shetland Sheepdog is characterized by its hardiness and robustness. He does not have a genetic predisposition to a particular disease , but that does not prevent him from remaining vigilant about his growth and his health.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Collie’s eye anomaly (AOC)
Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease
Willebrand disease
Occasional concerns
Patella dislocation
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Shetland Shepherd dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Shetland Sheepdog is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Shetland Sheepdog remains subject to an abundant moult , occurring once or twice a year : once in the male and twice in the female, mainly after heat. Its beautiful dress requires regular maintenance to preserve its appearance and health.

It is recommended to brush and comb the dog at least once a week by performing a deep brushing for a good ten minutes. During the moult, daily brushing is essential and a bath (with a suitable shampoo) makes it possible to facilitate the removal of dead hair while maintaining the beauty of the dress. The Shetland Sheepdog only needs a bath if it is really dirty.

Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. His ears and eyes should be checked weekly to make sure there are no traces of dirt or infection. The nails are to be cut if necessary. If you are new to this, it is best to seek advice from a veterinarian.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Shetland Sheepdog is between € 1000 and € 1500.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
800 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Shetland Sheepdog is between € 600 and € 800.

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The Shetland Sheepdog adapts to industrial kibble, as long as these provide it with all the nutrients it needs . You can also opt for high quality kibble . Its food should be divided into 2 meals per day . The amount should depend on his age, weight, height and activity level.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Shetland Sheepdog is an active dog who needs a good dose of exercise to be happy. Besides the long daily walks , he enjoys being able to play and work . Its mental and physical faculties can be mobilized within the framework of dog sports.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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