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Are Shelties for Everyone?

Discussion in 'Considering a Sheltie?' started by Kelly, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. Kelly

    Kelly Administrator

    Feb 21, 2008
    Merrimack, NH
    Are Shelties for Everyone?
    Based on an article by Trini Gilmore

    In truth the Shetland Sheepdog is NOT a breed that fits into all households. Naturally, Shelties have a wide range of personality traits that cannot be "lumped" under one description. However, there are certain traits that are fairly universal to the breed.

    1. Shelties are very verbal.
    2. Shelties are reserved by nature and early socialization is needed to keep them from being shy.
    3. Shelties are extremely loyal either to one person or one family.
    4. Shelties are sound sensitive and sound reactive.
    5. Shelties will chase (in attempt to herd) anything that moves.
    6. Shelties are very bright and need to be given something to occupy their mind and bodies. Many will invent a "job" if they are not given one.
    7. Shelties do not like to spend time away from their people. A Sheltie that is left alone all day is usually not a very happy little dog.
    8. Shelties are an emotional breed. They are very sensitive to the moods of their people. They do best in a home where gentleness is the way of life.
    9. Shelties are an active breed and need exercise everyday. They need more than a 10-minute walk around the block.
    10. Shelties need regular biweekly (minimum) grooming and they shed extensively.

    • If someone is looking for a very laid back, not particularly sensitive, doesn't really care if you are coming or going, low maintenance, average intelligence dog…they would find the Sheltie exasperating, to say the least.

    • Shelties demand to be an integral part of the family to which they belong.

    • They stick their noses into everyone's business and feel compelled to make comments on their observations.

    • They will follow their person to the corner of the earth and ALWAYS into the bathroom.

    • They consider you leaving them behind as an aberration of proper behavior and will voice their disapproval…loud and long…often accompanied by frantic twirling and jumping.

    • They are selective as to which of your friends is worthy of their affection, and which are to be observed from a distance, before a verdict is rendered.

    • They will steal FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD, right out of the mouths of babes, and show no shame.

    • They will give chase, if not properly restrained, to any and all moving objects.

    • They will sense your every mood and will be happy and sad along with you.

    • They love attention and they love to learn.
    In short, they demand nothing less than being a FULL member of your family…they do not consider themselves mere dogs (banish the thought!).

    So if you are considering bringing a Sheltie or, Shelties, into your family, be prepared to spend a lot of time, energy and love on this new member…for that is what they need. In return they will give you some of the most wonderful moments of your life, and memories you will cherish forever.
    ghggp, TheLad, Stella and 2 others like this.
  2. Simba13

    Simba13 Forums Enthusiast

    Jun 25, 2014
    I found this very interesting. Simba is my first Sheltie and is turning one tomorrow. Some of the traits listed fit Simba perfectly. He is very vocal, needs at least 1 hour exercise everyday, needs to be brushed 3-4 times a week and is sensitive to my mood. I have worked hard to prevent some of the other traits. He is not sensitive to noises whatsoever, he doesn't heard everything that moves, he is a social butterfly and loves meeting new dogs and people. I really think that most shelties need an active home and their minds need to be challenged. Simba is a brilliant dog and has made me fall in love with the breed. With lots of early socialisation to sights, sounds, people and other dogs they turn out to be the most smart, loyal and loving breed out there :smile2:
    Stella likes this.
  3. Shelby's mom

    Shelby's mom Forums Enthusiast

    Jan 4, 2012
    Shelby definitely fits almost all of these descriptions. Especially following me to the bathroom!
  4. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Premium Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Southern California
    All of this rings so true to me. I've now had 5 in my lifetime, and been around others. Faith is the only one who is super-outgoing and friendly but she is super sensitive. All 3 girls follow me into the bathroom (!!!) as did Asta and her time, Skye.

    Very well written, Trini! When I'm asked I do indeed say they aren't for every one or every situation. A kind, caring and AWARE owner is what is needed.
    Stella likes this.
  5. tesslynn

    tesslynn Forums Enthusiast

    Mar 3, 2014
    a choice breed

    I think shelties are NOT for everyone, because they need the right kind of investment of time, energy, and interaction. They need a devoted pack, that understands their sensitivity, temperament, and will nurture them in loving gentle ways. They need quality time and quantity time, and if you ignore them in favor of other activities they don't know how to cope and will become neurotic type dogs. In our fast paced, time constrained world, many just don't have what is required to maintain a sheltie properly. But payoff for the investment is tremendous!!!!!!!!!
    Stella likes this.
  6. Stella

    Stella Forums Novice

    Feb 28, 2017
    Central Texas
    Hanne likes this.
  7. Sharon7

    Sharon7 Premium Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Southern California
    LOL!! Stella, hilarious and oh-so-true photos! I am NEVER alone in the bathroom, and now the darn cat has gotten into the act too.
    Stella and Hanne like this.

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