11-24 lbs
United States
Shetland Sheepdog
The Shetinese is a hybrid mix of the Pekingese and the Shetland Sheepdog.  This hybrid combines a pure breed (Pekingese) which was bred and utilized solely for purposes of companionship for royalty in China, some of which were small enough to carry around tucked away in the sleeves of the imperial family, with a pure breed (Shetland Sheepdog) which was bred and utilized for herding and guarding of a variety of livestock in the Shetland Islands north of Scotland.  The result is an active, loving, loyal and playful bundle of fur who makes an amazing, if not a little on the larger side, lap-sitting expert and companion.
purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pekingese, Shetland Sheepdog

Shetinese Health

Average Size
Male Shetinese size stats
Height: 6-16 inches Weight: 11-24 lbs
Female Shetinese size stats
Height: 6-16 inches Weight: 11-24 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
  • Ulcerative Dermatosis
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Mono/Bilateral Cryptorchidism
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Eyelid Defects
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (Dry Eye)
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Fold Dermatitis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Hemophilia
  • Lupus Erythematosus
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Various Blood Testing Modalities
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Echocardiography (ultrasound)

Shetinese Breed History

The Shetinese is a hybrid mix of the Pekingese and the Shetland Sheepdog.  There is little to no information available on the hybrid itself, so we'll have to learn about it through the histories of the parent breeds.  Though there isn't any information available on the hybrid's date and place of origination, we can safely assume that it originated in the United States, sometime between the late 1900's and the early 2000's when interest in crossing pure breeds for a number of reasons became popular.  The Pekingese parent breed originated, as its name implies, in China, specifically in Peking (now Beijing) over 2000 years ago.  This ancient canine breed was quite the little darling of the imperial families over the centuries, causing them to be pampered beyond all sense and reason, while keeping their blood lines extremely pure.  Some of them are said to have been so small that the ladies of the imperial families were known to tuck them into the sleeves of their garments to carry them from place to place.  Created for the sole purpose of companionship in ancient times, this breed continues that role today while adding a component of love and loyalty to family that makes it very popular all over the world.  The Pekingese breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906, where it ranks 93rd most popular breed in that registry.  The Shetland Sheepdog originated in the Shetland Island area north of Scotland most likely in the 1700's, coming to England in the 1800's.  The Shetland Pony and Shetland cattle and small Shetland sheep are also native to this area.  The Shetland Sheepdog, then being called the Miniature Collie, was considered the best friend to the farmers, verbally signalling them when strangers were afoot or something was amiss in the farms and gardens.  Later, the Miniature Collie/Shetland Sheepdog was bred with other Scottish herding dogs, giving them herding skills which made them even more valuable to the farmers. It is believed that some other breeds which may be in their ancestry are the black and tan King Charles Spaniel, Greenland Yakki dogs, Scandinavian Spitz-like dogs and working dogs from Scotland, resulting in the beautiful, lovable and loyal companion canine that we know today.  The Shetland Sheepdog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911, where it ranks 24th most popular breed in their registry.  The Shetinese hybrid is recognized by the Designer Breed Registry and the International Designer Canine Registry.

Shetinese Breed Appearance

The Shetinese hybrid is a mix of the Pekingese and the Shetland Sheepdog and, as such, can inherit the appearance traits of either or both of the parent breeds.  Your Shetinese hybrid can have an average height of 11 inches tall at the shoulders and have an average weight of 18 pounds.  Her coat can be thick and long or it can be a double coat with a short and soft undercoat and a longer, rough top coat.  Her coat colors can be white, grey,  tan, black, brown, red, sable or blue merle.  Her tail can be set high, carried high and arched over the back or set high and carried slightly raised, the tail having a fringe corresponding to the coat.  Her eyes can be large, round, bold and very dark or medium sized, almond-shaped and dark in color, though blues can be seen in dogs with blue merle-colored coats.  Her muzzle can be long or short with a black nose and either a scissors bite or under bite.
Eye Color Possibilities
blue Shetinese eyes
brown Shetinese eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Shetinese nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Shetinese coat
gray Shetinese coat
brown Shetinese coat
white Shetinese coat
blue Shetinese coat
sable Shetinese coat
red Shetinese coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Shetinese straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Shetinese Breed Maintenance

Your Shetinese hybrid falls into the high category of maintenance, mostly due to the length and thickness of her coat, which is not hypoallergenic.  She is a moderate/seasonal in the shedding department, causing her to need brushing several times a week with daily brushing during the seasonal shedding periods.  She should be bathed only as needed so that the vital oils in her coat are not dried out.  She falls into the high to moderate category for hunting and moderate category for wandering, making it important to keep her on leash when she's outside the house or fenced yard.  She falls into the low category for drooling and doggy smell.  She'll need to have her ears checked weekly, cleaning as needed with a cotton ball and approved canine ear wash.  While you're checking her ears, take a look at her toenails and trim them when needed unless she is able to keep them worn down in her normal daily exercise activities.  Be sure to brush her teeth at home at least two to three times a week to avoid periodontal disease development and the tooth loss that follows.  She is a high energy mover and will need to be exercised daily at least 1 to 2 hours a day.
Brushes for Shetinese
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Shetinese requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Shetinese Temperament

Your Shetinese hybrid is a mix of the Pekingese and the Shetland Sheepdog and can inherit the temperament and personalities of one or both of the parent breeds.  The traits that she can inherit are aggressiveness, affection, friendliness, courageousness, gentleness, and independence. This Shetinese is also known for their intelligence, liveliness, loving attitude , playfulness, loyalty and responsiveness.  This hybrid can be a bit more difficult to train, exhibiting some stubbornness at times.  She is friendly if she is appropriately socialized at a young age to ensure that she'll get along fairly well with kids, the family cat and other dogs.  She will be friendly with strangers if properly socialized but expect her to be wary until she senses that there is no danger to her human family members.  It is important to keep in mind that the Sheltie parent contributes some strong herding instincts so she may inherit enough herding instinct to "herd" the kids, the family cat or dog.  She can be a frequent barker, an important trait for those living in noise restricted areas.

Shetinese Activity Requirements

Your Shetinese hybrid is an active little companion who will need 1 to 2 hours daily of exercise to keep her fit, healthy and happy.  This exercise can be in the form of several walks or jogs, playtime in the dog park or fenced yard, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flyball, agility training and obedience training.  She has a high hunting drive and a moderate tendency to wander, so it is very important to keep her on leash when you have her outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure...unless you enjoy chasing her through the briars and brambles as she pursues a small animal or interesting scent which has attracted her attention.  Her small to medium size makes her perfect for apartment and condo living, provided she is given ample exercise opportunities and there are no issues with noise restrictions in those areas.  She can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard in an urban or rural setting.  She can tolerate colder temperatures as well as some moderately hot temperatures, keeping in mind that she may need extra protection in the temperature extremes.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
120 minutes
activity minutes

Shetinese Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Shetinese Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Shetinese size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Shetinese size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Shetinese size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Shetinese size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Shetinese size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Shetinese size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs

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