Origin and History of the Sheltie Pup
The Shetland Sheepdog came from the same Scottish herding dog stock that produced the collie and border collie. The smaller collie dogs – some only 18 inches tall – were further developed on the Shetland Islands. It was bred with some Icelandic dogs and possibly even a black and tan King Charles terrier to create the small herding dog we know today. The small Sheltie was perfect for herding under these conditions and was used not only for livestock. However, the very first Shetland Sheepdogs arrived in America in the year 1908, but the American Kennel Club did not recognize the breed until the year 1911. Shetland Sheepdogs have certainly come a long way. These days, Shetland Sheepdogs have been found to excel in quite a number of fields. It is quite common to have Shetland Sheepdogs as medical alert dogs and therapy dogs.
Shetland Health Care
Sheltie pups & dogs are a hardy and health dog breed. With some care from you and a bit of luck you will have your happy, active and healthy Sheltie for 12 years or more. The best step you can take in order to secure a healthy and sound puppy is to source your Sheltie from a respected Shetland Sheepdog breeder. They will screen for all relevant genetic health problems and conduct the necessary tests where appropriate. Eye disease is one of the most common and harmful health problems encountered by Shelties. Shetland Sheepdogs are prone to Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Collie Eye Anomaly and also Corneal Dystrophy. Ask your breeder for further information regarding these conditions.
Groom your Sheltie Pup
Shelties should be brushed at least twice weekly to prevent major mats from occurring. Regular grooming sessions should be done at a minimum of once a month, more if possible. First, spray the sheltie down lightly using the water bottle. This will help loosen any mats. If necessary, pet stores carry a detangle spray which can also be used. Using the wide toothed metal comb, do a once-over on the sheltie to find and remove any matting. Thinning shears may also be used to help remove extremely difficult mats, without removing a large chunk of fur. Next, run the entire undercoat rake over the entire body of the shetland sheepdog. This will help remove any loose hairs in the undercoat, which will help prevent future mats from occurring.