Shel-Aussies are beautiful mixed breed dogs who were created from breeding an Australian Shepherd with a Shetland Sheepdog. Both parent breeds are colorful and have thick coats that need to be brushed weekly. They also need to be exercised for around 30 to 60 minutes every day. They are fairly adaptable to all climates, although they do not like the extreme heat. They can live in apartments, as long as they are given enough exercise. This breed gets along well with people of all ages and all other types of pets, although you must keep in mind that these dogs originate from sheepdogs, and may try to herd smaller animals.
Shel-Aussies are hybrid dogs made from the breeding of an Australian Shepherd with a Shetland Sheepdog. Therefore, the history of this breed begins with these parent breeds. Miniature Shetland Sheepdogs were developed in the Shetland Islands, which are located off the mainland of Scotland. When fishing boats began regularly visiting in the 1700s, new dog breeds were introduced to the islands. This includes the Black and Tan King Charles Spaniel, Spitz-type dogs who are from Scandinavia, Yakki dogs from Greenland and other sheepdogs from Scotland. These dogs were then bred with the dogs on the island to create the Shetland Sheepdog. These little dogs began gaining popularity as companion pets in the 19th century after British sailors who would visit the islands would buy them to take back home. The Australian Shepherd most likely originates from the Basque region in the Pyrenees Mountains, which are located between France and Spain. Although they are not from Australia, the breed got their name due to their association with shepherds from the United States (who came to North America from Australia) during the 1800s. Pyrenean Sheepdogs are thought to have been crossed with different types of Collies while they were in Australia, and were later brought to the United States along with herds of sheep throughout the mid-to-late 19th century. This breed was often used to herd large groups of sheep and cattle, which they excelled at, especially in tight quarters. The popularity of this breed increased along with Western horsemanship after the Second World War. They were often seen in rodeos, horse shows, movies and television programs.
The intelligent Shel-Aussie is a breed that gets its fun and playful personality from both the Australian Shepherd and Shetland Sheepdog. They are eager to please their owners and should be easy to train. Because they are alert, they make good watch dogs. The Shel-Aussie is also a great pet because they are so loyal. Although they may get along well with people and are also friendly with pets, they may not be the best choice for houses who are home to small animals, since they have high herding instincts. This breed is lively and playful, which makes them a great match for owners who are also active and would enjoy a jogging or hiking companion. They are not always good around kids. This breed, just like all others, should be well socialized and trained in obedience as a puppy. Introduce them to new people, places and pets while their young to teach them how to act around things that they are not familiar with.