Listed in the herding group and originally bred in Great Britain to guard/herd the flocks this miniature collie dog as he is often referred, has both beauty and brains. Standing at 12-16 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing between 15-28 pounds, the Sheltie is a lovely dog that oozes with both dainty grace and sturdy work ethic.
The Sheltie is smart. Really smart. Very smart. Super smart. His compact size makes him a great choice for anyone looking for a family dog that is patient and fun for children, sweet and affectionate, and still able to excel in activities such as swimming, hiking and canine sports. The breed is easy to train and does well using positive training methods that are reward based as he loves to please his owner. A dog that loves to work and play, and thrives on praise, the Sheltie is ready for any and all family activities and thrives in a home where he is part daily life.
The coat of the Sheltie is thick, dense, and long, with a full collar of fluff. Shedding is moderate to heavy and brushing frequently to prevent matting and remove dead undercoat is necessary to keep the coat in good condition. The colors for the breed include sable/white, black/white, merle/white, blue/white. They can have blue, green or brown eyes Average lifespan is 12-15 years.