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Shetland Sheepdogs, aka Shelties

Discussion in 'Woof Memorial Critter's Corner' started by mhambi, Sep 7, 2004.

  1. mhambi

    mhambi κολασμένος

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    Looking to get a sheltie in the next few months, thought I'd turn to my 'research assistant' (GT) and find out more... :)


    any Sheltie owners here, past or present?

    I've read most of the web stuff about the breed and it seems to fit what I'm looking for. Anybody have any comments, pros, cons, different breeds to consider, etc?


    thanks!
     
  2. BikerGoddess

    BikerGoddess Got hairspray?

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    I had one growing up. She was pretty smart, but very, very timid. Seemed very one-person loyal. I could get her to come to me on command when someone else was offering her food.

    My mother gave her away while I was in college and she bit the kid. When I was with her, she was very good around people, if shy.

    Good breed for quiet environments. I'd think they'd get too upset in noisy homes.

    Laura
     

  3. Ender

    Ender ComfortablyNumb

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    awesome dogs...my parents rescued a really shy one probably 6 months ago. sweetheart.

    shelties tend to be barkers though, so if you live in an apt. and nobody is home for a while, you might be some notes on the door! ;)

    overall a friendly intelligent breed.
     
  4. G20man32904

    G20man32904 Deceased

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    mhambi,
    Excellent choice as long as you find a stable (read: confident) pup.
    Exceptionally smart and willing to please. It is very important not to go with your heart but with your head with this breed! As some have posted they can be very skittish and prone to fear bite (read nip with blood draw).
    I was introduced to a site by a friend who used to post on this board and was a highly respected member. Check it out here.
    I know you are thinking Sheltie and these are Collies but the chances of finding a stable dog is much higher. Take a look before purchasing elsewhere please. If you need some tips on picking a stable pup pm or email me and I would be glad to help out.
     
  5. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr NRA Life Member

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    I've got 5 of 'em. They're all real characters. Lots of hair. Count on vacuuming at least once a day. Mine absolutely have to have people around. It's true they're very smart and resourceful. I was told when we got our first that these dogs are typically reserved but once they're used to new people they're very approachable and friendly. Only one of ours bites. She doesn't like the UPS guy (I don't either). They typically "pick" one person in the family as their favorite and attach to that person. "My" dog enjoys being with me all the time I'm home and my mother says that the high point of his day is when I walk through the door in the afternoon. This one like to barbeque with me also. They're barkers and having more than one makes this trait uncontrollable. I've found them to be somewhat strongwilled (stubborn) and resistant to training but they pickup what they want very quickly.
     
  6. Sheltie

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    We have a Sheltie named Ginger. What I can tell you about Shelties is they are people dogs. Shelties will follow you or the Alpha owner around the house. Ginger is always with-in 6 feet of my wife. They are known barkers but that can be curtailed with proper training and training is very easy with Shelties. Grooming is not bad, we comb her once a week and give her a bath every two weeks.
    Shelties are very protective but not aggressive. Ginger has taken a aggressive stance and barked at me when I have raised my voice to my wife. She keeps me in check. The most important thing you can do for a Sheltie is to properly socialize them starting off with obediance classes as a puppy.
    Bottom line is she is the best dog I have ever had. Just remember, the best breed is the one YOU like.
     
  7. Ender

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    the one my parents got had been tied up and left outside for the past couple years...the owner got rid of her when his other dog started attacking her.

    she was incredibly timid when they first got her...very hand shy also. if you raised your voice, she'd freak out. you'd try to pet her and she'd shrink away.

    with some special care, shes a great dog. she HATES thunderstorms and fireworks with a passion...they'll set her barking for the duration. my parents actually gave her a sedative on the 4th of July, and it didn't help. friends of theirs with a sheltie have the same problem...we figure it must be part of the breed ;)
     
  8. Sophie

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    I had a beautiful sheltie that I loved soooo much, but when he grew up, he started being very aggressive. The last time I took him to the vet...he attacked him. He went from a very sweet, adorable loving puppy to a fear biter that was very unpredictable. I had to give him away to a widow man that lived on a farm. He did just fine for him and lived out the rest of his life there. This seems like a breed that could go one way or the other. From everything I've ever heard...you either get a really good one or a really bad one.
     
  9. Ender

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    wow...the only 'mean sheltie' stories i've heard are from ones that were abused. (not implying anything, i swear!) i'm sure it can happen within any breed....hell, i read here about a mean Golden once...

    this one Sheltie at the rescue home my parents got theirs from was one of the most amazing dogs i've ever seen. he was badly abused to the point that he would not go near a man without snapping and growling. when the rescue people got him, the husband couldn't go near Blaze. over time, he got accustomed to the husband and grew trustworthy of men again. AWESOME dog.

    we would have taken him in a split second but the rescue parents wouldn't give him up ;)

    the pup we took would 'attack' and play with him whenever she could, even though she was one of the shyest pups i've ever seen...i wish they coulda taken both of them ;)