Shetland Sheepdog Breeders

Written by Courtney Salinas
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Shetland Sheepdogs are graceful and intelligent dogs that have an innate willingness to please. Shelties, as they are called by enthusiasts, look like miniature Collies, but are not derived from the Collie. The Sheltie was developed in Scotland and became an all around farm dog that worked as a companion and a guard dog.

Shelties are often reserved around new people but are very concentrated on their owners. They are very obedient and excel in agility training. Shelties are very protective of their homes and will alert everyone in the household if they think something is amiss. Shelties require a fair amount of exercise and really appreciate a good walk or play session. An overweight Sheltie will develop joint problems, which makes movement difficult, so proper diet and exercise is important.

Responsible Shetland Sheepdog Breeders

A responsible Sheltie breeder will often have a contract that both you and the breeder sign. This contract will spell out the terms of the sale, like requiring the new owner to spay or neuter a companion dog. A contract is a good sign that the breeder is one who has good breeding practices and should not be taken as a slight against you.

Reputable breeders may also require that you fill out an application to buy one of their dogs. This application will have questions about your home, your family and your lifestyle. Some breeders prefer to interview you themselves when you come in to examine the premises.


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