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Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetland Sheepdog's smile is enough to melt the heart ten times over. They are beautiful little dogs with a big heart and a head for herding sheep, rodents and kids. They originated in the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland where they guarded farmers crops from birds and happily herded sheep. Today they've become great family pets and will thrive with active owners as athletics is definitely their thing. They are also a great dog for a working person who enjoys vacuuming! As long as they're excised and given some mentally stimulating tasks, the Sheltie does quite well on it's own for a few hours while you work. Just be sure you understand how much of that stunning coat is going to land on your lounge and carpet. The Sheltie is not a low maintenance, hypoallergenic, low-shedding bred.

Superior intelligence makes training easy

What the Sheltie is however is smart and eager to please. These dogs take well to and really enjoy regular training.  They can be shy or even aggressive around strangers so be sure to socialise them early. Their protective natures also makes them prone to barking if they sense their something is amiss, so if you're not keen on loud dogs, vocal training is a must. The good news in the training department is that the Sheltie's superior brain power means they can understand a new command after hearing it less than five times. Combine this with their athleticism and agility and you could have the perfect show dog on your hand. So prepare the cabinet for trophies and blue ribbons and let your Sheltie shine! Character traits: loyal, loving, intelligent, shy, athletic, agile, alert, protective, loud. Find out more here. 

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