How big will my puppy get and life span?
Predicting sheltie size is very difficult for even the most experienced of breeders. On an average shelties range from 15 to 25 pounds and 13” to 16” in height. There are variations below and above this range. Shelties can live to 10 to 15+ years. We strictly sell for pets only and are not AKC registered. A general rule of thumb is to look at the legs and feet. A puppy with very large or small feet and very large or small legs can sometimes be expected to be outside the normal size limits.
When will my sheltie have a really huge coat?
A sheltie will normally be fully mature by the time it is 3-5 years of age. Don’t expect your puppy to have a really beautiful coat until then. Spaying/neutering will help promote coat growth as will a healthy balanced diet. We recommend pressure cooking a chicken and then cooking it with white rice. Be sure the bones are soft. Be sure to have your puppy groomed at least every other month. The groomer will keep the ears cleaned out, brush and bathe, and keep the nails trimmed. The average cost for a good groomer will be $20-35 depending on the area in which you live.
How much do shelties shed?
Most spay/neutered shelties will shed once yearly. Many neutered male shelties will shed heavily once every two years. A thorough weekly brushing is usually more than adequate.
How much do shelties bark?
Shelties do bark more than the average pet. That being said, if you do your job of proper training and NEVER leaving your sheltie outside for more than 20 minutes at a time, the barking will be kept at a minimum. I have seen very few shelties that Bark inside for no reason at all. Some shelties will bark when the phone rings, most will bark when someone drives up or rings the door bell. Some even bark at the vacuum cleaner, but with proper training you can teach your sheltie to bark appropriately.
What about that white collar?
Whether your puppy has a full white collar in no way reflects upon his quality. It may be a personal preference for your pup to have a full collar, but how does that reflect his temperament and health? Think first about health and temperament, and then worry about how much or little white the dog actually has.
Is it hard to housebreak my puppy, and how long will it take?
An average of 4 weeks is probably normal for housebreaking although with the proper technique I have had owners say their pup was housebroken from 1 day to 2 weeks. Get a plastic crate from the local pet store and keep the pup in the crate during the time when you are not at home. Take the pup out immediately when you arrive home and praise it when it potties outside. In no time, the pup will be housebroken. Better yet, put in a doggy door.
Should we get a male or female?
Everyone will answer this differently, but in our opinion, the male sheltie makes the better pet. In general, males are easier to train, shed less often and have a more even disposition than a female. BUT, the differences are very small. Females can be moody, even ones that are spayed, and females do not usually get along unless they are spayed very early (4 months). Two males will generally get along better than two females. Size is not an issue as males/females are going to grow to whatever size their feet are. Males can be small and females can be big.
If shelties are so easy to train, why do we need a fence?
To keep out other peoples unvaccinated stray pets for one reason, to keep your pet from wandering off for another, and because no matter how “trained” you think your pet is, a sheltie is still a herding breed and will HERD whatever it can. This includes rabbits, squirrels, other dogs and CARS!
Shelties are one of the healthiest breeds available. However, there are certain problems that all sheltie owners need to be aware of. Make sure the breeder you purchase your puppy from has given at least one set of vaccines, (Distemper, Adenovirus, Hepatitis, Corona virus, Parinfluenza). If you purchase an older puppy it may also have Leptospira, Bordetella, Lyme vaccines. At 6 months of age your puppy will require rabies vaccine. When you pick up your puppy from the breeder he will be under a great deal of stress. Take your puppy to the vet within 3 days of purchase to make sure intestinal parasites are not a problem. Sometimes stress can cause a parasite flare up (Giardia, Coccidia). Plus all puppies are born with parasites and you don’t want to transfer these to your yard and environment.