Shelties are very loyal and love their humans.
They strive to please their people.
They are very intelligent, which is why they are known to be shown in obediance competitions.
This means they are very easy to train.
This beauitful, enchanting breed is eager to learn.
Shelties are also sensitive.
They do not respond well with harsh training methods.
Lively and Affectionate.
Need calm but firm training.
They are one of the smartest breeds so they like their minds to be kept busy.
Shelties are in the herding group.
This means that the breed tends to be known to bark.
They can be trained to limit the barking.
My Shelties normally do not bark inside my home.
Shelties are known to try and herd their humans if they are running.
My daughter enjoys them trying to herd her.
My Shelties normally only bark when they are running with a human or if a car goes by.
Therefore, a fenced in yard is very important and/or a leash.
Normally my Shelties will stop barking when I tell them to, but I have a fenced in yard so I am not always outside with them.
They need some exercise.
They will do okay in an apartment as long as they have things to do to keep them active inside.
My Shelties really enjoy running around outside, but they also love being inside and playing with me, my daughter, and/or each other.
Be careful with your Sheltie in the summer because of their coats they can have a heat stroke.
Shelties are a long-haired breed with a double-coat.
Males shed their coat once a year in the summer.
Females shed their coat after every heat cycle, but once they are spayed they will only shed their coat once a year.
Brushing your Sheltie often will reduce a lot of the shedding.
I was very surprised and impressed at how much brushing cut down on the shedding.
I really thought that hassle of brushing/grooming and the shedding would be horrible and it almost made me go against getting a Sheltie; but they are so stinking cute!
The brushing does not take a whole lot of time as you would think.
I have actually come to enjoy it.
It gives me one-on-one time with each of my Shelties.
I give them a treat afterwards.
This is a great bonding time for me and my Shelties, and could be for you and your Sheltie as well.
It can take 2-3 years before a Sheltie gets their full coat.
Shelties care about their cleanliness.
This is why they enjoy cleaning themselves.
Whenever my Shelties come inside they will lick themselves clean.
Therefore, Shelties do not need a bath often.
Maybe ever so often they may need wiped off with a baby wipe.
Shelties tend to mat behind the ears, so make sure to brush that part.
Shelties tend to be reserved around strangers.
Not all Shelties are this way though.
Mine can be very friendly with company, especially Nika. I believe if you raise them to be around new people frequently then they will not be very reserved around strangers.
Boys (same with all breeds):
Will not mark his territory if fixed.
If not fixed will normally only mark if there is other dogs around.
Tend to have fuller coats than females.
Tends to want to be with you more.
Tends to learn to go potty in specific places and use triggers to go potty (goes potty faster).
Gets their full coat earlier in life than girls.
Both have fuller coats when fixed.
Boy or Girl
(This is just the norms, does not mean every dog is this way and having your dog fixed can solve some of these problems)
Girls (same with all breeds):
Can be More Tolerant of Strangers.
If there is another female dog in the home, may try to show dominance.
Females that are dominant may mark their territory (I have witnessed this with my sisters dog).
Tend to circle around more before they potty, easier to catch before an accident.
Alphas in the dog world.
Both have fuller coats when fixed.
Shelties gain weight easily.
Be sure not to overfeed them.
Also, be sure to pick a healthy dog food.
(we strive to produce Shelties on the smaller side)
Tipped or Pricked Ears
AKC standards call for the Shelties ears to be “tipped” (small portion of the upper ear is bend forward).
Why does AKC call for this when most Shelties ears become pricked (stand up) before maturity?
It is believed that the tipped ears add to the Shelties gentle expression.
Also, I have heard that the Shelties ears were originally tipped because while herding sheep this protected their ears from rain, dirt, etc.
I do not “show” my dogs in competitions so I do not know how they work exactly.
Therefore, the only reason for tipped ears is because of personal preference and/or to show them in competitions.
Some Shelties ears will tip and stay that way naturally.
Most of them will end up being pricked, which gives them a foxy look.
Personally I think foxes are adorable and therefore, I like pricked ears.
On the other hand, tipped ears are super adorably cute as well!
Most breeders and “show” people will glue Shelties ears in order to “train” them to “tip.”
Some people will tape their ears, etc.
The most popular is gluing though.
I have seen Shelties ears become pricked as puppies and I have seen their ears stayed tipped until they start teething (around 4-7 months old) and then “pop up.”
I have also seen one stay tipped and one pop up.
Lastly, as I mentioned before, they can also stay tipped naturally.
Personally I prefer to keep my Shelties natural.
It is interesting to watch them grow up because of their personality and/or physical changes that they go through.
I believe each Sheltie is unique and whether their ears tip or prick up, it fits them just the way they are.
Therefore, I do not glue my Shelties ears nor do anything else with their ears.
I have read that it could take months, and/or even years, and the ears may still not tip.
So I will leave it up to the Shelties new owner on what they want to do when they get their Sheltie.
It will not make a difference if I glue them from birth or wait and the new owner glues them at 8 weeks or so, as long as it is before 6 months (but the earlier the better chances you have).
If you prefer them to be glued before then, you can e-mail/call me and we can work it out where I can get them glued by a vet if you wish.