1. Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as “Shelties,” were originally bred in Scotland’s Shetland Islands to herd sheep.
  2. Despite their name, Shelties are not a type of Collie but instead are their own distinct breed.
  3. Shelties come in a variety of colors, including sable, black, and blue merle.
  4. Shelties are known for their thick, luxurious coat, which requires regular grooming to keep it looking its best.
  5. Shelties are highly intelligent and trainable, making them popular in obedience and agility competitions.
  6. Shelties are also known for their sensitivity and loyalty, often forming strong bonds with their owners.
  7. Shelties have a reputation for being “talkative” dogs, and they are known to bark frequently.
  8. Due to their herding instincts, Shelties may attempt to herd children or other small animals.
  9. Shelties are often used as therapy dogs due to their gentle and affectionate nature.
  10. The Shetland Sheepdog is a relatively small breed, with most adults weighing between 14-27 pounds.
  11. Shelties are prone to several health issues, including hip dysplasia and eye problems.
  12. Shelties have a lifespan of around 12-14 years.
  13. In the 1930s, Shelties were extremely popular in the United States and were one of the most registered breeds with the American Kennel Club.
  14. Shelties are sometimes referred to as “miniature Lassies,” due to their physical resemblance to the famous Collie from the TV show and movie.
  15. Shelties are known for being energetic and playful, making them great companions for active individuals or families.
  16. Shelties are often used as search and rescue dogs, due to their keen sense of smell and ability to navigate difficult terrain.
  17. Shelties are sensitive to their owner’s moods and may become anxious or stressed if their owner is upset or agitated.
  18. The Shetland Sheepdog is one of the few breeds of dog that has a hereditary predisposition to a specific drug sensitivity.
  19. Shelties are sometimes referred to as the “Velcro dog” because of their tendency to stick close to their owners.
  20. Despite their small size, Shelties make great watchdogs and will alert their owners to any potential intruders.