So...... you want to bring a Sheltie into your family: Please read through this whole page. It should answer any questions you may have. Please understand that our primary concern is the happiness and welfare of THE DOG.
Before you bring a Sheltie, into your home please make sure you know this breed. Shelties have many wonderful traits .... but they also have some not-so-wonderful traits.
First of all, shelties are barkers. They don't bark at everything.... but a sheltie will warn you if the UPS man arrives, or someone walks into your yard....or if something is 'not right'. If a barking dog will bother you, this may not be the right breed for you.
·Second, Shelties shed. This is a double coated, long haired breed. Their coat does need a fair amount of care. A good brushing at least once a week and a bath once a month will suffice.
·Third, Shelties can be very shy with strangers. A sheltie will be very affectionate and loving with its owners, but may be very shy with strangers. If you are looking for a dog that will run and greet everyone who comes to visit you..... this may not be the breed for you. Often, a sheltie will hide when a stranger comes over. Please consider this if you plan on hiring strangers to care for your sheltie while you are gone.
·And last....shelties are a herding dog. They herd small children, squirrels, bunnies ....etc. Unfortunately, some Shelties also enjoy herding cars! That is why a fenced yard is so important for the dogs safety.