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Shetland Sheepdogs – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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 Shetland Sheepdog - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Shetland Sheepdogs

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1911
  • Lifespan: 12-13 years
  • Size: Medium
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 30" dog crate.*

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Not all people recognize Shetland Sheepdogs. The dog is relatively new breed. The first breed existed in Scandinavia. It belonged to the same type of Icelandic dog. In the past, the dog was used to accompany the imports of sheep from Scotland to the Shetland Islands.

The dog represents a smaller version of the Collie. The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is both responsive and attentive. The owner can train it easily by using a calm voice. A gentle approach is the best method of training the Sheltie. Small children may not be suitable for this breed as the dog can find itself disliking kids’ mannerisms.


Although originally called the Shetland Collie, the name found controversy with breeders of Rough Collies, and so the Shetland Sheepdog was born. Its heritage derives from a small specimen of Scottish Collie and King Charles Spaniel. Today people rarely use the dog as a working partner anymore. The dog still maintains its primary herding instinct, so it is not surprising that the AKC included the Sheltie in the Herding Group. 


Shetland Sheepdogs has the general physical appearance which is similar to Rough Collie, with a smaller size. The dog is small and has a double coat. Its physical form is sturdy and swift. The unique breed known as Blue Merle Shelties have blue eyes while the others typically have dark-hued eyes. T

he dog is quite aware and they have the expression of alertness. For the most part, the Sheltie is good with kids, though their patience can be tested. Shetland Sheepdogs' tail hangs low which lifts when it is alerted to some form of stimulus. Sometimes, the dog can look timid and shy. When it comes to coat colors, there are three available types including sable, blue, and tricolor.


What is the favorite food of Shetland Sheepdogs? The dog loves both dry and homemade cooked food. Sheltie gets the most nutrients from dry food. As long as the owner pays attention to the contents of the food product, there will be no problems. The dry food should contain a specific meat such as lamb, fish, beef, or chicken.

Never buy a dry food labeled with unspecified meat (by-products). High-quality dog food is available in pet supply stores either in local pet stores or online. Another perfect choice of food is home cooking. It’s true that Shelties really love home-cooked foods. Protein is a prime nutrient that should be included in the home-cooking dog food.


It isn’t hard to groom Shetland Sheepdogs. The dog is very popular due to its luxurious coat. There are two layers of the coat so the owners should provide an extra treatment for both coats. The Sheltie is a long-haired breed so the dog may shed some fur on a regular basis.

The best treatment to minimize messy shedding is to brush the dog regularly. Full-grown Sheltie require more maintenance as their hair grows longer over time. How  often should the owners groom the dog? Some experts recommend once a week. Daily brushing is also good to show your love, while preventing tangles and matted hair. 


A regular amount of dog walking will keep Shetland Sheepdogs in good shape. This equates to about 30 – 50 minutes each day, which is standard for most dog breeds. The Sheltie can handle more exercise, but the regular exercise ensures good health. Inadequate exercise may lead to behavioral problems so the owners need to walk out the dog on a daily basis.

Playing and generally interacting with this breed will keep the dog’s mind inspired. Both mental and physical exercise will keep the dog healthy for years to come. For those who have ample outdoor space at home, the dog will be very happy to use it.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends a 30" dog crate* for most adult Shetland Sheepdogs.



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