Sheltie Shepherd

50-60 lbs
22-25"
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 generally a healthy breed that can live for more than 15 years.
Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog, Herding
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
German Shepherd and 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 instead. 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 AKC 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, where they are the 24th most well-liked dog breed.

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. It 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 long body and graceful legs, a long, furry tail, and pointed ears that stand erect.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Sheltie Shepherd eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Shepherd nose
Black
brown Sheltie Shepherd nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Sheltie Shepherd coat
Black
brown Sheltie Shepherd coat
Brown
red Sheltie Shepherd coat
Red
cream Sheltie Shepherd coat
Cream
fawn Sheltie Shepherd coat
Fawn
silver Sheltie Shepherd coat
Silver
pied Sheltie Shepherd coat
Pied
sable Sheltie Shepherd coat
Sable
brindle Sheltie Shepherd coat
Brindle
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
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, you should also clean your dog’s ears and check them for earwax buildup and other debris.
Brushes for Sheltie Shepherd
Pin Brush
Comb
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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 type 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 Sheltie Shepherd 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 Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Sheltie Shepherd Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.60 - $2.40
Monthly Cost
$48.00 - $72.00

Sheltie Shepherd Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats at six months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 35 lbs
12 Months
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 50 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 12 months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 45 lbs
18 Months
Male Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 60 lbs
Female Sheltie Shepherd size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 55 lbs

Sheltie Shepherd Owner Experiences

Sandy
10 Years
9+ People
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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 ).
3 months, 3 weeks ago
Shay Bolt
5 Years
2 People
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Love him to death, friendly, outgoing, easy to train, loves life.
6 months, 3 weeks ago
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