Shetland Sheepdog Puppies For Sale In Pa.
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Shetland Sheep dog
Introduction
The Shetland sheep dog is also called by other names such as Sheltie or sheepdog. These medium sized dogs are very hard workers and are always willing to please their masters. The Shetland sheep dog is probably a descendent of the King Charles spaniel and the Scottish Collie and they look much like the Rough Collie. Hence, these dogs were initially called as Shetland Collie. Historically, these dogs were used by Shetland Islands farmers to protect their garden and keep birds and other pests away.
These dogs were first recognized by the Kennel Club in the year 1909 and later by the American Kennel Club in the year 1911.
Shetland Sheep dog – At a glance
The following list of general and physical characteristics will help you to get familiarized with your Shetland sheep dog: –
• Breed type: Pure breed (they belong to the group of working/ herding/ pastoral group of dog breeds). These dogs are registered and recognized by the FCI, American Kennel Group, United Kennel Club, New Zealand Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America and others.
• Height: Males have an average height of 13 to 17 inches whereas the females have an average height of 12 to 15 inches at an average.
• Weight: Males weigh about 16 to 20 pounds whereas the females weigh about 15 to 18 pounds on an average.
• Life Span: These dogs have an average life expectancy if 12 to 14 years.
• Available coat colors: They have a long double coat that is available in various shades such as sable, shaded sable, mahogany sable, blue, merle, white, black, blue grey, tri- color and others.
• They can give birth to 3 to 6 puppies at a time.

Temperament and Personality traits
The main problem with the Shelties is that they can bark with a high pitch voice which is a very annoying situation when you live in a peaceful society. Therefore, it is very essential that you train him at a very early stage so that they can control their barking habit and bark only when it is required.
Shelties enjoy going for long walks with their masters and will play whole day long. They will play fetch games with kids and would love to play games with other pets as well. Make sure you supervise your kids and pets when they are playing together.
Shelties will best respond to positive reinforcement techniques such as rewarding them with food and praise. However, do not a repeat the same exercise again and again as these dogs can be easily bored by this and may stop responding to you.
These dogs are sensitive enough and hence should not be kept as backyard dogs. Instead, shelties can even follow their masters room to room and will escort them wherever they go.
They can be calm as well as boisterous or outgoing as well as shy.
Feeding habits and Nutrition
Feed your Shetland sheepdog with premium quality AAFCO approved dry dog food. Recommended food quantity: 2 to 3 cups of premium quality dry dog food divided into two equal parts daily.
Health and Immunization
Shelties can acquire several diseases. However, if proper health conditions are maintained and regular health checkups are done from time to time then you will be able to prolong their life span.
Following are some of the diseases your shelties can easily acquire if proper health measures are not taken: –
Hip and Elbow dysplasia – A very common disease in dogs which causes extreme pain due to dislocation of the joint bone. This condition can even lead to arthritis.
Collie Eye Anomaly or CEA – which is an inherited syndrome in which there is gradual loss of vision. This condition starts from a very early stage and by the time your dog reach old age, he may become completely blind if proper checkups and precautions are not taken.
Von Willebrand’s disease – which is an inherited disorder in which there is deficiency of a clotting factor. As a result your dog would not be able to form clots in response to an injury.
Hypothyroidism: – in which there is deficiency of thyroid hormone and could result in weight gain, dry or scaly skin, thinning of skin coat, baldness and others.
A regular 30 to 40 minutes’ walk along with daily exercises will otherwise keep your Shelties free from most of these diseases.
Shetland sheep dog should be immunized at regular intervals so that they are protected from various diseases caused by dangerous viruses. Some mandatory vaccines for this breed includes: – Parvovirus, Rabies, Distemper, Coronavirus, Hepatitis A and B, Influenza and Parainfluenza vaccines. Inject annual booster shots from experienced vets.
Care and Grooming
Shelties shed minimally and therefore will require least attention. However, you should brush their coat at least once a week to keep the coat soft and shiny. Use a pin brush to brush their coat. You can use water sprays while you are brushing their coat to remove tangles and dead hair.
Their coat repels water and hence you should bathe them at least once a week so that their coat absorbs enough moisture and to keep it soft and supple. Brush their teeth three times (actually every day brushing will be more effective for a better dental hygiene) a week to avoid building up of tartar.
Start these grooming session right from puppy hood so that Shelties don’t feel shy when they grow up. Check for any signs of blisters, rashes, sores, allergies, redness, and discharges during these grooming sessions as this could possibly indicate onset of a particular disease. Take him to a trustworthy and experienced pet if such problem persists.
Cut his toe nails at least once a month and brush their teeth every day. Additionally, clean their ear with a cotton ball dipped in an ear cleansing solution. Make sure your hands and the cotton ball are sterile before you apply ear solution on it.
You can adopt or rescue a Shetland sheep dog according to various organizations that give him recognition (as mentioned above). Make sure you pick up a dog that is not fighting with his litter mates and one whose parents are free from any acute or chronic disease.

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