Sheltie Shepherd

50-60 lbs
United States
German Shepherd
Shetland Sheepdog
The Sheltie Shepherd is a beautiful hybrid mix of the German Shepherd and Shetland Sheepdog. These are both intelligent and friendly dogs who enjoy playing as much as they enjoy working. The breed makes a wonderful family pet and can also be helpful in herding if you have the need. If not properly trained, they may try to herd your other pets or children. Luckily, they are easily trained and learn quickly as long as you are firm and stick to the rules. Their long double coat requires frequent maintenance and they also need a moderate amount of exercise daily, but they are a wonderful addition to the family and can live for more than 15 years.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog, Herding
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
German Shepherd, Shetland Sheepdog

Sheltie Shepherd Health

Average Size
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats
Height: 24-27 inches Weight: 55-65 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats
Height: 22-25 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Degenerative Myelopathy
  • Renal Cystadenocarcinoma and Nodular Dermatofibrosis
  • Congenital Heart Defect (CHD)
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Panosteitis
  • Perianal Fistulas
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Deafness
  • Epilepsy
  • Trichiasis
  • May be sensitive to certain drugs
Occasional Tests
  • Hearing
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • DNA

Sheltie Shepherd Breed History

Because the Sheltie Shepherd is a designer dog, you need to consider the history of the parent breeds to get an idea of their origin. The German Shepherd is from Germany and was developed by a man named Captain Max von Stephanitz from the German Calvary in the 1800s to herd and protect large groups of sheep. The Captain and other shepherds chose a variety of shepherding dogs with certain characteristics such as a strong sense of smell, strength, speed, and intelligence. They were also popular as a military dog, delivering meals and other supplies to the troops in WWI. In 1899, a dog named Horan was the first German Shepherd to be registered. They went through some name changes due to the discord with Germany although they were back to being called the German Shepherd before too long. They eventually became known for their bravery and intelligence and were used in police and military work, search and rescue, and assisting the disabled. The German Shepherd was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1908 and they are the second most common breed of dog. The Shetland Sheepdog got their name from the Shetland Islands in Scotland where they were first discovered. They were bred from the Border Collie, King Charles Terrier, and the Icelandic dog to herd sheep. The breed was also used to herd cattle, horses, and chickens as well as being a loving and loyal family pet. When the British Navy returned to England from the Shetland Islands where they trained, they brought back some of these dogs, who immediately became popular. The American Kennel Club accepted the Shetland Sheepdog into their club in 1911. The Sheltie Shepherd takes after their hard working and determined ancestors.

Sheltie Shepherd Breed Appearance

The Sheltie Shepherd is a large dog, between 55 and 65 pounds and standing about 25 inches tall. Their double coat is medium to long, straight, and thick. They can come in a multitude of colors such as black, brown, and white; tan, cream, and black; red, fawn, brown, black, pied, sable, pinto, merle, brindle, or any combination of these colors. They typically have the long muzzle of the Shetland Sheepdog with a black or brown nose, brown eyes, and an intelligent expression. They have a long body and graceful legs, a long, furry tail, and pointed ears that stand erect.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Sheltie Shepherd eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Shepherd nose
brown Sheltie Shepherd nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Shepherd coat
brown Sheltie Shepherd coat
red Sheltie Shepherd coat
cream Sheltie Shepherd coat
fawn Sheltie Shepherd coat
silver Sheltie Shepherd coat
pied Sheltie Shepherd coat
sable Sheltie Shepherd coat
brindle Sheltie Shepherd coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Sheltie Shepherd straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Sheltie Shepherd Breed Maintenance

This breed's dense double coat needs quite a bit of maintenance, so you will need to brush your Sheltie Shepherd thoroughly with a stainless steel comb and pin brush several times a week. You should also use a deshedding tool or stiff bristle brush on a daily basis to keep shedding down to a minimum because they do tend to shed a lot. You should only bathe your dog once a month or as needed with a mild shampoo. Frequent shampooing can cause dry skin and irritation. While bathing your Sheltie Shepherd, you should also clean your dog’s ears and check them for earwax buildup and other debris. Dental disease can be avoided by the daily cleaning of the teeth.
Brushes for Sheltie Shepherd
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Sheltie Shepherd requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Sheltie Shepherd Temperament

The Sheltie Shepherd is a great choice for a family pet, especially for those with a large fenced yard where your dog can play. This breed is a sociable and wonderfully intelligent canine that enjoys playing with other pets and children but should be supervised with little ones. It is best to socialize your Sheltie Shepherd early and train them properly. You need to be consistent and patient because although they are fast learners, some may be a bit stubborn. They are natural herders and may try to herd small pets and children but, with proper training, you can avoid this issue.

Sheltie Shepherd Activity Requirements

Your Sheltie Shepherd needs approximately 45 minutes to an hour of brisk exercise on a daily basis to stay healthy and happy. Dogs that do not get enough mental and physical activity every day can become bored or anxious. This can cause aggression, excessive barking, and other behavior problems. Some great activities to do with your companion include playing with other dogs at the dog park, going for walks, hiking, playing frisbee or flyball, swimming, and agility competitions. Because your Sheltie Shepherd is a natural herder, this breed would love to be able to herd any kind of animals on a daily basis. However, if you do not have any livestock to herd, you can bring your dog to a herding competition to compete against other dogs.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Sheltie Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.60 - $2.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$48.00 - $72.00
food bag monthly cost

Sheltie Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 24.5 inches Weight: 40.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 22.5 inches Weight: 35.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 25.5 inches Weight: 50.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 23.5 inches Weight: 45.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 26.5 inches Weight: 60.0 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 24.5 inches Weight: 55.0 lbs

Sheltie Shepherd Owner Experiences

2 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Car rides
Obstacle courses
learning tricks
Play fighting
She was such an amazing dog! A very healthy, strong, and extremely caring dog. If she were to ever encounter a dog that wanted to fight she would immediately let the other dog know that she was not a threat. She loved playing around with other dogs and cats, she also loved learning new tricks that she learned extremely fast. After about a year of having her though she got very sick. She threw up constantly, stopped eating, and lost weight very quickly. We had many vet appointments set up and no vet could find out what was wrong with her. They took X-rays and did many surgery's and found nothing, but after a couple months she started getting some of her energy and appetite back, started gaining weight again too. A couple weeks later, she cpuld no longer get up and walk around, so we brought her to the vet and unexpectedly had to say goodbye. I believe that she knew it was time and somehow we both know that we will see eachother again. She was my best friend from the first time she jumped into my arms! What I'm getting to is that Sheltie Shepherds are honestly the best breed you could ask for! I'm not sure if what Maliah had was something genetic or not so be careful and watch out, but overall definitely get one because you will not regret it. When I am ready to get new dog, that is definitely a breed I will be on the look out for!
1 year, 4 months ago
Muttley Izekial Huckleberry Cannon
9 Months
4 People
House & Yard
He is so smart and learns very fast. He knows a lot of words was afraid of the word bath, so the family started to spell the word instead. After a few weeks he knew what we were saying because once we would spell out the word he would run and hide. He is so silly hates baths, but loves to play in creeks and river beds and loves swimming. As he has learned our family habits he is becoming more and more affectionate, but also needs alone time and his own space. He's so handsome we love him so much!!!
2 years, 10 months ago
Shay Bolt
5 Years
2 People
Love him to death, friendly, outgoing, easy to train, loves life.
6 years, 3 months ago
10 Years
9+ People
House & Yard
Beautiful, fun, great with kids, very affectionate, and curious. The only "strange" thing is that she is terrified of cameras ( I don't know why ).
6 years ago
3 Months
2 People
House & Yard
We just got our girl. Saturday . She is very sweet eager to play and learn. She 3 months.
5 years, 6 months ago
18 Weeks
4 People
House & Yard
Amazing dog. Young but very obedient, and intelligent for her age. Highly recommend. We have a 4 year old and a new born and I couldn’t as for a better dog.
4 years, 1 month ago
2 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Ozzie is an amazing dog who is perfect for our family. Although he tries to herd our 9 year old into another room if he knows we are leaving. He is friendly and calm unless he thinks someone is trying to hurt us. Great intuition.
3 years, 9 months ago
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