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9-18 lbs
United States
Shetland Sheepdog
West Highland White Terrier

A Shelestie is a designer dog that is a mix between a purebred Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, and a purebred West Highland White Terrier, or Westie. They are medium-sized dogs who are very intelligent and easy to train. Both parent breeds are social dogs who get along with children and other dogs and can be taught to tolerate cats. They are energetic and playful and need a lot of exercise to burn off their energy. Common colors include black, brown, tan and cream and they can have white markings. They can also be brindle or speckled. Shelesties have a thick, double-layered, coarse coat and do shed quite a bit.

Companion, Herding, Sporting
Date of Origin
Shetland Sheepdog, West Highland White Terrier

Shelestie Health

Average Size
Male Shelestie size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Female Shelestie size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 9-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Craniomandibular Osteopathy
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
Occasional Tests
  • Blood
  • Hearing
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Hip and Knee

Shelestie Breed History

A Shelestie is a hybrid breed and is a mix between a purebred Shetland Sheepdog and a purebred West Highland White Terrier. Nicknamed Sheltie, the Shetland Sheepdog is from the Shetland Islands, which lie between Scotland and Norway. Their ancestors include the Scottish Collie and the King Charles Spaniel and they were used to herd the small sheep of the Shetland Islands. They used to protect these tiny sheep from birds, and today are used on golf courses and at airports to clear the green or the runway of birds. At one stage they were called Toonie, from the Norwegian word for “farm”. Some breeders on the Shetland Islands crossed them with Pomeranians and Corgis to make them even smaller which appealed to rich tourists who bought them as pets. The breeders later realized that the working dog traits were disappearing and so returned to using Collie crosses. These dogs were referred to as the Shetland Collie when they first arrived in England but Rough Collie breeders objected and the name was changed to the Shetland Sheepdog. The first Shetland Sheepdog named Lord Scott, was registered by the American Kennel Club in 1911. The West Highland White Terrier, or Westie, also originated in Scotland was used for hunting and ratting. They are related to other Scottish Terriers including the Cairn, the Dandie Dinmont, the Scottish and the Skye. It is said the reason for the Westie’s white color is because of an incident in the nineteenth-century when Colonel Malcolm of Poltalloch shot and killed one of his wheaten-colored Cairn Terriers mistaking it for a fox. So he started breeding white dogs so there could be no mistake. The breed was officially recognized by the Kennel Club of England as the West Highland White Terrier in 1906. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1909.

Shelestie Breed Appearance

A Shelestie is a medium-sized sized dog which has a thick, double-layered, coarse coat which can be water-repellent. Common colors include black, brown, tan and cream and they can have white markings. They can also be brindle or speckled. They usually weigh between 10 and 20 pounds and reach a height of up to 13 inches. If they take more after the Shetland Sheepdog, the Shelestie may look a bit like a miniature Collie with a long and wedge-shaped head and narrow muzzle. The Shelestie’s eyes are dark and almond-shaped and they have black noses. They have sturdy and quite muscular bodies.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Shelestie eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shelestie nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shelestie coat
brown Shelestie coat
fawn Shelestie coat
cream Shelestie coat
white Shelestie coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Shelestie wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shelestie Breed Maintenance

The Shelestie is prone to shedding quite a bit and is fairly high maintenance when it comes to grooming. Brushing regularly will keep their coat looking good and will remove any loose hairs. Both parent breeds have double coats which the Shelestie is also likely to have. The harsh outer coat and softer undercoat can protect your pet from the weather and repel water. They don’t need regular baths - only when absolutely necessary. Your pet will need trimming from time to time especially on the feet and around the ears and eyes. Also check the ears for any dirt and comb out tangles. The teeth should be brushed daily if possible and the nails trimmed when needed.

Brushes for Shelestie
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Shelestie requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shelestie Temperament

The Shelestie is an intelligent, affectionate dog who loves to be close to his family. They are sensitive dogs who don’t like being on their own and can be quite wary of strangers. They will bark to alert you if a stranger approaches, so do make very good watchdogs. They are also very protective but need to be taught when to stop barking otherwise it can become a problem. But they are very friendly and playful with their family and do get on well with children. Because of their intelligence they are easy to train and very responsive to commands. They are suitable dogs for first time dog owners. Early training and socialization is always a good idea to make sure they are confident around new people and other dogs. Positive reinforcement and plenty of praise will give the best results when it comes to training. They are energetic dogs who will never turn down the opportunity for an outing.

Shelestie Activity Requirements

A Shelestie is an energetic dog that loves to play. They need regular daily exercise to burn off their energy and to keep fit and healthy. They will love going for long walks and playing ball with the children. They will also love activities like flyball and frisbee. Make sure your pet is on a leash when out in public as their hunting ancestry means they are prone to galloping after small creatures. These dogs are not ideal for those living in an apartment as they need to run around but it could be possible for them to adapt if they are taken out regularly and have play sessions indoors. They are not overly sensitive to the heat or cold but it is never a good idea to exercise a dog in the heat of the day.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Shelestie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Shelestie Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shelestie size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 11 lbs
Female Shelestie size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 9 lbs
12 Months
Male Shelestie size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Shelestie size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 13 lbs
18 Months
Male Shelestie size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Shelestie size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 13 lbs

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