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Breed:

Shetland Sheepdog

Group (AKC):

Herding

Country of Origin18th century Scottland
Type of coatmedium-long, straight, fluffy, shedding, hard outer with soft undercoat, abundant mane around neck
Groomingdaily brushing, regular bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning
Average height13-16 inches
Average weight14-25 pounds
Activity levelvery high
Watchdogyes, it will bark
Protectionno
Intelligencevery high
Trainabilityvery good potential, use precise methods, be patient, can excel at obedience and agility work
Compatibility with childrennormally good, no roughhousing or chase games
Characterlively, intelligent, inquisitive, affectionate, sensitive, busy, kind
Ideal home environmentapartment Ok if exercised daily
Ideal ownerpatient, consistent leader with time to train exercise and groom
Suggestions:early socialization and obedience training
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Additional notes:

This dog is becoming very popular. It has an eagerness to please and work and so it excels at obedience and agility work. They enjoy performing for a crowd (and can sometimes be found doing stand-up comedy in local clubs). Because of their excitability and sensitivity to noise and movement (they always seem to have the willies), they can bark excessively.

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