|Interesting Breed Facts:
||19th in 2008; with 10,188 registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
|First recognized as a breed:
||The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1911 as the “Shetland Collie” until its name was changed to the Shetland Sheepdog in 1914.
The Shetland Sheepdog appears to be slightly
longer than it is tall. The head is long and has a gentle expression. The eyes are medium-sized, dark, and almond shaped. The ears are carried erect with the tips of the ears folded over. The nose is black. The tail is long and straight. The Sheltie possesses a double coat. The coat colors may be black, blue merle, or sable, and may be marked with varying amounts of white and/or tan.
|Medical conditions to watch for:
||Shelties are prone to thyroid problems. Regular veterinarian exams are essential as medications are available to help control this condition.
||Capable of living in a smaller environment, such as an apartment, as long as his daily exercise requirements are met.
||Generally accepts and does well with other dogs, other pets, and children. Life span averages between 12 and 14 years.
|Biggest challenge to owners:
||In general, the Sheltie is extremely easy to train. May require a fair amount of training to control barking, which is a trait they are well known for. Fairly playful and enjoys a good game in the yard.