Shetland Sheepdog

Herding Group


Greg and Becca from Clan Duncan Shelties

The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is a spirited, spontaneous and joyful dog.  Their intelligence is remarkable to the point of astonishing.  A great human companion that must be exercised, challenged by games and playtime, and given loving attention.  A true herding dog that combines its intelligence and instinct into its daily life.  It can be an apartment dog but would be happier with room to run.  They love to chase so be prepared.  Do not leave them unconfined or off leash near roadways!  The Sheltie is a clean dog.  Their full coat needs regular brushing and will pick up “hitchhikers” while running in the woods or tall grass.  Males will shed heavily once a year while a female will shed several weeks after each season.  Most Sheltie females come into season every 8 to 9 months.

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Notes for owners
Long.  Seasonal shedder. Moderate OK for apartment but needs LOTS of exercise.  Great companion dog.  The one we know is full of spirit and great to be with.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

American Shetland Sheepdog Association

English Shetland Sheepdog Club of the U.K.

Sheltie Pacesetter exclusively devoted to the development and promotion of the total Shetland Sheepdog, affectionately known as the “Sheltie.”

Sheltie E-mail Group

Shelties and people who love them


We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.