Shetland Sheepdog

Fun facts about Shetland Sheepdogs from the BorrowMyDoggy community

Looking for an active and glamorous dog? The Shetland Sheepdog could be just for you. Whether you’re thinking of borrowing one or getting your own, we’ve pulled together lots of fun and interesting facts you should know about the breed, courtesy of the Shetland Sheepdog owners in our community.

A collage of Shetland Sheepdog dogs and puppies, part of BorrowMyDoggy's guide to dog breeds.

What is a Shetland Sheepdog?

The Shetland Sheepdog, otherwise known as a Sheltie, originates from northeast Scotland and is a type of herding dog. They have a thick coat built to withstand the winter elements and they come in a variety of colours such as blue merle, tri-colour and sable.

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How much exercise does a Shetland Sheepdog need?

The Kennel Club describes the Shetland Sheepdog as “virtually tireless.” They always like to be on-the-go and are very active requiring up to 1 hour of exercise a day, but will never say no to more.

picture of a cute shetland sheepdog

“Ruby is a very energetic Sheltie who loves to go for extra long walks and get plenty of exercise, but she also loves to snuggle and cuddle on the couch and to sleep in our bed!” - Emma, Owner of Ruby.

What is the temperament of a Shetland Sheepdog?

The Sheltie is a glamorous and intelligent dog who is very cheerful and excitable. They are always willing to please and are hard-working. Shelties are affectionate with their owners, but can be a little reserved with strangers, according to The Kennel Club.

picture of a shetland sheepdog on the couch

“Brodie is a wonderfully loving and friendly Sheltie. He loves walks, playtime and lounging around. Brodie has been very well socialised and he loves meeting new dogs! He has a calming effect on people and is an absolute joy to be with.” - Ben, Owner of Brodie.

Are Shetland Sheepdogs easy to train?

Due to their alert nature and history of herding, the Sheltie is relatively easy to train. They are often used as farm dogs, make a great family pet and many are trained for agility.

“Indie is a very well behaved Sheltie who is a competing agility dog!” - Monica, Owner of Indie.

That being said, here are a few funny quirks that some of our members’ pooches have:

Jessica, Owner of Pero:

“Pero lives up to his ‘sheepdog’ breed and cannot be let off the lead anywhere near any sheep!”

Lili, Owner of Shanti:

“Shanti absolutely loves cats and food is always the way to her heart!”

Carole, Owner of Finlay:

“Finlay is very handsome and he knows it - everywhere he goes he gets lots of fuss and attention.”

Most common Shetland Sheepdog names on BorrowMyDoggy:


  • Meryl

  • Angus

  • Luca

  • Tammy

  • Finlay

Does your Shetland Sheepdog’s fur get all over your furniture and rugs? Here's a quick, simple clean up trick :)

High paws to our lovely community for letting us share these facts about their Shetland Sheepdogs. Paws crossed you found them helpful :)

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