Sheltie-Kee

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25-45 lbs
13-17"
United States
Keeshond
Shetland Sheepdog
The Sheltie-Kee is a 50/50 mix between the Keeshond and the Shetland Sheepdog. This is a breed that combines the outgoing, friendly personality of a Northern breed with the intelligent, hardworking, obedience of a herding breed. When these two sides come together we get the Sheltie-Kee, who is a dog that gets along well with everyone, is extremely intelligent, and has an extremely high energy level. The Sheltie-Kee's appearance will vary based on which parent breed's genes are stronger, but the average look consists of a thick, long haired coat, with tall ears, a curled tail, and bright intelligent eyes. This breed is a small to medium sized breed (25-45 pounds) that, while very adaptable, will require a lot of exercise and a constant, firm training that makes it perfectly clear what's expected of him. If you are looking for an active companion dog who will keep you on your toes, yet is friendly and loving to all humans and animals alike, the Sheltie-Kee may be the perfect fit for you. Just keep in mind that this is a vocal dog who is going to shed a lot, so be prepared for frequent loud conversations, and get a really good vacuum.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Keeshond and Shetland Sheepdog

Sheltie-Kee Health

Average Size
Male Sheltie-Kee size stats
Height: 14-18 inches Weight: 25-45 lbs
Female Sheltie-Kee size stats
Height: 13-17 inches Weight: 25-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosis (PDA)
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
Minor Concerns
  • Diabetes
  • Microphthalmia
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Cryptorchidism
  • Idiopathic Epilepsy
  • Eye Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hemophilia
  • Lupus Erythematosus
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays
  • Dna For Pra
  • Blood Tests
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • DNA for VWD

Sheltie-Kee Breed History

The Sheltie-kee is a relatively new hybrid breed that was created in the United States sometime in the early 2000's. He is a mix of the Shetland Sheepdog and the Keeshond breeds, both of which have a rich, and interesting history. In order to learn more about the Sheltie-kee and why he may have been brought into existence, we can look at the parent breed's history. From their origins we can learn which dogs are part of the Sheltie-kee's ancestry and what traits will be the most predominate in his personality. For instance, the Shetland Sheepdog is a breed that's comprised of dogs such as the Pomeranian, larger Collie, and King Charles Spaniel. He has gone by many different names in the past like the Fairy Dog and Miniature Collie, but his actual name is taken from his home on the Shetland Islands. As a small area, it isn't surprising that the people there would want small dogs with big personalities who could help them with herding the sheep and guarding their homes. Visitors who came to the Shetland Islands naturally fell in love with the gorgeous dogs and took them as souvenirs back to their respective homelands; in this way, the Shetland Sheepdog made his way around the world. Eventually, the breed made it's way to the United States where the American Kennel Club accepted him as an official breed in the year 1911. Ever since, the Sheltie has been used as a show dog, farm hand, and companion animal. Known most for his spectacle like markings and fluffy fur, the Keeshond is quite the stunning figure. Created sometime in the late 1700's, the Keeshond hails from the land of Amsterdam. The Dutch dog made his living by riding on barges that crossed back and forth upon the Rhine River acting as a watchdog and companion to the captains of those barges. While their frequent travels made them well-known around the outside areas around Amsterdam, the Keeshond really increased in popularity after political turmoil hit Holland in the late 18th century. The little dogs became somewhat of a symbol for the Patriot movement, however when the Patriots were defeated, the Keeshond went down with them; almost becoming extinct because of it. Thankfully the breed was saved in the 1920's when a Baroness took interest in the unique breed and brought them back to their former glory. Just a few years later, the American Kennel Club accepted the Keeshond as on official breed and they have been showing and living as companion dogs ever since.

Sheltie-Kee Breed Appearance

Because the Sheltie-Kee is a hybrid breed, his appearance is going to vary quite a lot, even within the same litter. Both traits of the Shetland Sheepdog and the Keeshond will be seen in the Sheltie-Kee. His fur is thick, long, and double coated with the tendency to shed seasonally throughout the year. This gorgeous fur can come in a number of different colors and will get especially thick around the neck and tail, just like with the Keeshond. Speaking of the tail, the Sheltie-Kee can either have a full tail that curls up and over his back, or a feathered tail that resembles that of the Sheltie. No matter which breed's genes are stronger, the Sheltie-Kee has tall erect ears and bright brown eyes that reveal his intelligence.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Sheltie-Kee eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheltie-Kee nose
Black
brown Sheltie-Kee nose
Brown
isabella Sheltie-Kee nose
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
black Sheltie-Kee coat
Black
gray Sheltie-Kee coat
Gray
cream Sheltie-Kee coat
Cream
brown Sheltie-Kee coat
Brown
white Sheltie-Kee coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Sheltie-Kee straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheltie-Kee Breed Maintenance

Thanks to the Sheltie-kee's thick and luscious coat, a good amount of brushing will be required to keep the shedding to a minimum and tangles out of the fur. Grooming the fur at least three times a week with a wire comb and pin brush should be ideal at helping your Sheltie-Kee to look and feel his very best. Aside from just regular brushing, it is also important to trim your dog's nails every few weeks and clean his ears monthly just in order to keep the ears healthy and free of any irritations or infection. Bathing only needs to occur every other month or so with the Sheltie-kee as he does not have a bad doggy odor. Dental care, such as brushing his teeth or special doggie treats, are also another great hygiene habit that you may want to practice with your dog.
Brushes for Sheltie-Kee
Pin Brush
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Sheltie-Kee requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheltie-Kee Temperament

If you are looking for a dog who sees the silver lining on every cloud and loves to play with anything that moves, than the Sheltie-kee may be the breed for you! This playful dog is full of energy and never seems to have a bad day. Taking the energetic nature and intelligence from the Sheltie and combining it with the outgoing, free-spirited personality of the Keeshond gives us a breed that is fun and full of surprises. He is eager to please his owner which makes training very easy, and thanks to his wittiness, the Sheltie-kee picks up on new tricks quickly. This is both a good and a bad thing, as this same intelligence can get the Sheltie-kee into trouble sometimes. Due to his high energy, playful nature, and natural herding abilities, this hybrid may have a habit of herding animals or children that are smaller than him; he is also going to have the tendency of being very vocal no matter what the situation may be! Due to this, it is important to start on socialization and training young, so that your Sheltie-kee can learn how he is supposed to behave and act around others.

Sheltie-Kee Activity Requirements

Combining the love of walks from the Keeshond and the Sheltie's pure adoration of running, you can be sure that the Sheltie-kee is going to be a ball of energy who needs plenty of physical activity to keep him out of trouble. Activities that can be a great workout for this breed are a spirited jog, long walk, dog park visit, obedience training, and playing fetch in the yard. Training will actually be a huge benefit for this dog as his background is comprised of a working breed who loves performing jobs for his owner. By teaching him tricks and exercising his mind, the Sheltie-kee will be much happier than he would be with just a walk or two a day. Based on his high energy, this breed will require a living space that has room for exercise.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes

Sheltie-Kee Food Consumption

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

Sheltie-Kee Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheltie-Kee size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 26 lbs
Female Sheltie-Kee size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 26 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheltie-Kee size stats at 12 months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 34 lbs
Female Sheltie-Kee size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 34 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheltie-Kee size stats at 18 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 41 lbs
Female Sheltie-Kee size stats at 18 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 41 lbs

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