The Sheltie’s coat will require regular brushing to
maintain their beauty. Be prepared to give your dog a thorough brushing
one a week, with a daily touchup.
The sheltie is a “herding breed” and will tend to
chase cars, bikes and joggers in an effort to “restore the general
order of their world.” A fenced yard and walking on a lead is strongly
The sheltie fulfills their duty as watchdog by
barking loudly and all unusual situations. Leaving your dog chained out
in the backyard all day while you are away at work will most assuredly
make you well known among the neighbors.
The sheltie is a social animal and requires regular
contact with their human family. They respond best to training methods
which utilize “positive reinforcement.”
Shelties get along well with other animals, although
initial introductions should be supervised.
The sheltie temperament does not permit them to “attack
on command.” While they will protect their owner’s family, they will
not protect their owner’s property. If you are looking for a guard
dog, do not get a sheltie!