So you’re looking to adopt an Shetland Sheepdog, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “The Shetland Sheepdog is a small, active, and agile herding dog standing between 13 and 16 inches at the shoulder. The long coat is harsh and straight, with a dense undercoat, and comes in black, blue merle, and sable, with white markings. The coat, along with a long, wedge-shaped head; small, three-quarter erect ears; and deep-chested, level-backed torso, give Shelties the look of a rough-coated Collie in miniature.Bright and eager Shelties are easy trainers and world-class competitors in obedience, agility, and herding trials. They are sensitive and affectionate family dogs, highly in tune with the mood of the household. They like to bark and tend to be reserved toward strangers—two qualifications of an excellent watchdog. The Shetland Sheepdog, also known as the Sheltie, is an extremely intelligent, quick, and obedient herder from Scotland’s remote and rugged Shetland Islands. Shelties bear a strong family resemblance to their bigger cousin, the Collie.”
An Shetland Sheepdog typically ranges from 33.02cm to 40.64cm in height, and weighs from 6.80388555kg to 11.33980925kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Shetland Sheepdog breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Shetland Sheepdog insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.