Originally from the coast of Scotland, and they served as herding dogs as well. Today they’re excellent family companions and excel in dog sport. They are agile herding dogs and have a long, straight coat that comes in a variety of colors. As family members, they are sensitive, affectionate and make for excellent watch dogs. They require an ample amount of mental exercise, and want to be challenged.
Common Health Conditions
- Skin problems are common in Shetland Sheepdogs- especially allergies, which cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections.
- Hormonal/endocrine system diseases include diabetes and hypothyroidism. Up to 19% of Shetland Sheepdogs have low thyroid levels.
- Shetland Sheepdogs are prone to heart disease and congestive heart failure.