Shetland Sheepdogs, or Shelties, might look like miniature collies but they are actually a completely different breed. These dogs make great companions and are happy living in a large family home or a small apartment. They do not mind being left alone during the day as long as they get a nice walk and a lot of quality time in the evening. While they do not always get along with other pets, they love other Shelties as much as they love their people.


1. Appearance

Perhaps the most distinguishing factor about a Shetland Sheepdog is their double coat. The dense undercoat is short, which makes the longer topcoat stand up and stick out away from the body. The feet, head, and ears are covered with smooth fur while the frill, mane, legs, and tail are covered in long, fluffy fur. Their coats can be sable, blue merle, or black with white and tan markings.

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