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Shetland Sheepdog

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Description:
The Sheltie generally resembles a miniature Collie, and is a bright, gentle, highly sensitive dog. The dog is normally one of five colors, all set off by white markings: Sable, black and tan, Blue Merle (blue-grey, black, and tan), Bi-blue (blue-grey and black), and Bi-black with only black and white. Although lively and a bit high strung, this breed does well in cities and apartments. A swift runner and a graceful jumper, this dog is very alert and protective. This dog is fine for novice owners as it learns quickly and is eager to please. Because it was bred as a sheep dog, however, the sheltie can try to "herd" people by nipping at their heels. The male of this breed is usually more outgoing, and makes a better family pet. In addition, this dog has a natural affinity for children. 

Very eager to please, the Sheltie is very easy to train and eager to learn. This breed is a good one for novice owners, and makes a good family pet, especially with older, more mature children. They are very active dogs, and require lots and lots of exercise, so they make an ideal dog for the fit family. In addition, they are barkers and make excellent watchdogs. These dogs love to be near their owners, but also have a strong denning instinct, so a nice crate indoors makes a perfect home.

      
History:
Although often compared to the Collie, the Sheltie is a distinct breed and was not bred down from the present day Collie. The breed evolved on the Shetland Islands of the northeast coast of Scotland, where lack of space and food encouraged a smaller animal. These dogs were originally bred to prevent cattle and other herd animals from eating tender young crops.
      
Fun things to do:
Although some Shelties are quiet and calm, many have high exercise requirements. Shelties often take great joy in sports like tracking, herding, Frisbee, agility, obedience, and fly-ball.
       
Health Risks:
The Sheltie is susceptible to a number of health problems, including Progressive Retinal Atrophy ( PRA), Central PRA (CPRA), Corneal Dystrophy Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA, also known as SeS, or Sheltie Eye Syndrome), heart disease, epilepsy, and deafness (especially in blue merles). Also common are von Willebrand's Disease (vWD, a bleeding disorder), hip dysplasia, and thyroid disease.
    
Things to watch out for with this breed:
The Sheltie requires a lot of grooming, especially when its shedding. The longer over-coat tends to become a matted mess if not combed at least every other day. This dog tends to not be very social with strangers, so early socialization is important. It is recommended that you walk your Sheltie at least four times a day, twenty minutes each walk. In addition, Shelties are not suited for outdoor living, and hate being isolated. Because of lots of varieties in breed size, color, and stature, selecting a good puppy can be extremely difficult. Find someone who wants to help you make an informed selection, not someone who just wants to make a sale.

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Mylestone
Michelle Carstens : Cel : 082-935-4093
mylestone@hotmail.com

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