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Shetland Sheepdog

Underneath that elegant appearance and dazzling colour lies a compact master sheepdog that loves to participate in sporting challenges

About the Shetland Sheepdog

Shetland Sheepdogs are little, long-haired working dogs of great beauty. The abundant coat, intelligence, patience and the gentle expression, all combine to present the ideal family dog.

Alert, gentle, strong and active, this diminutive breed is affectionate and responsive to its human companion, but reserved with strangers. Scottish sheepdog breeds are renowned for their very strong attachment to their human companions.

Source: key facts and characteristics sourced from Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

Breed specifics

Country
United Kingdom
Group
FCI Group 1, AKC Herding Group
Size category
Small
Avg life expectancy
12–14 years

Loving / Alert / Gentle / Intelligent / Lively / Obedient / Reserved / Confident

Key facts

  • Requires a lot of grooming
  • Needs little training
  • Makes a great family dog

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