The Sheltie has historically been a hard-working herding dog, but has also been a worthy competitor in obedience trials and steadfast companion dog. The breed was first recognized by the AKC in 1911.
About the Breed:
Due to its high intelligence level, the Sheltie is very receptive to training and learns quite quickly. This breed aims to please its owner and is extremely obedient. The Sheltie may sometimes be tentative around strangers, but proper socialization should prevent shyness or fearful behavior.
Routine exercise is essential for all dogs, including the Sheltie. Though the breed is not likely to become hyperactive, it might be prone to obesity, and exercise will help maintain the Sheltie's overall health.
The Sheltie is a rough-coated, longhaired dog, so routine basic grooming is important. Thorough brushing of the hair should be done 2-3 times per week. Some owners prefer to have their Sheltie's hair trimmed short, especially in warmer seasons. However, haircuts are not required to maintain this breed's hair coat.
Overall, the Sheltie is a gentle, loyal companion that is affectionate and connected with its owner. The breed is very sensitive and perceptive to its surroundings. The Sheltie makes an especially appropriate choice for families with children because of its gentle nature. However, the breed adapts easily to all kinds of households.
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