Shelties do not like to spend time away from their people. A Sheltie that is left alone all day without companionship while his people go to work is usually not a very happy little dog. Shelties are an emotional breed. Shelties need regular biweekly grooming (brushing is a necessity!) and they shed extensively.
Many Shetland Sheepdog owners would agree that Shelties hate water. However, this isn't always the case. In fact, some Shelties love water. Teaching your Sheltie to swim is well worthwhile.
Do Shelties Really Bark A Lot? Shelties have a reputation as vocal dogs, but that might be undeserved. The intelligent Sheltie can be trained to be an excellent watch dog, and not yappy, giving two or three barks to alert its owner to a person at the door.
Ungroomed Shelties can develop serious skin problems and are in pain from the mats pulling on their skin. Heavy shedding. Shetland Sheepdogs shed heavily twice a year, and moderately the rest of the year.
Health. The Sheltie has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years and may be prone to minor concerns like patellar luxation, allergies, hypothyroidism, Legg-Perthes, canine hip dysplasia, hemophilia, trichiasis, cataract, Collie eye anomaly, and progressive retinal atrophy, or a major one like dermatomyositis.
Shelties have a double coat, which means that they have two layers of fur that make up their coat. The long, rough guard hairs lie on top of a thick, soft undercoat.
The cost to adopt a Shetland Sheepdog is around $300 in order to cover the expenses of caring for the dog before adoption. In contrast, buying Shetland Sheepdogs from breeders can be prohibitively expensive. Depending on their breeding, they usually cost anywhere from $850-$2,000.
Most don't "just happen" it usually takes perseverance and time. I usually start to train ears at a very young age. Most puppies have their ears pulled up and glued around six weeks, but serious training of ears begin at 10 weeks of age and will continue until about 6 months old.