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The Shetland Sheepdog, commonly known as Sheltie, is a breed of herding dogs from the Shetland islands of Scotland. Canines in this breed are known to be bright, playful and energetic. They bear a strong resemblance to their close and bigger cousin, the Collie. The Sheltie was formerly known as Shetland Collie but the name was changed because it caused controversy among the Rough Collie breeders of the time.

The dogs were originally bred to keep birds out of the farmer’s garden. Till date, Shelties seem to possess the ability to chase birds and anything flying, including airplanes. They also make good family companions and do well in dog sports. The breed was developed by crossing Border Collie with smaller dogs, the aim was to protect the small sheep from birds.

It is thought that some other breeds (such as Prince Charles Spaniel and Pomeranian dogs) have been crossed with the native Sheltie, but the breed still possesses some of the distinctive qualities that make it the Shetland Sheepdogs. Sheltie has a lot of interesting characteristics but canines in this breed can develop certain health problems as they grow old.

As a pet parent, you need to take out Shetland Sheepdogs pet insurance as soon as you purchase the dog. This will go a long way to give you peace of mind and reassurance that the pet will be covered no matter the condition that occurred. Taking out the coverage early will help you to get comprehensive coverage and avoid a lot of exclusions.

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Why Shetland Sheepdogs Pet Insurance Is Important

Shetland Sheepdogs are healthy dogs but just like any other dog breed, they are prone to certain health problems. When compared to other dog breeds, Shetland Sheepdogs have four times the risk of developing the following conditions: a cancer of the bladder and transitional cell carcinoma.

There is also a tendency of developing malformation and disease of the eyes and they may also be prone to common dog conditions like hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, epilepsy, and skin allergies. You could save yourself a great strain by taking out Shetland Sheepdogs pet insurance as soon as possible.

With the right Shetland Sheepdogs pet insurance, you will be able to save thousands of dollars in veterinary care. Some of these conditions cost over $7,000 in veterinary treatment and you definitely do not want to spend such an amount of money out of pocket.

Here is a list of common sicknesses Shetland Sheepdogs might develop:

  • Hypothyroidism
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Collie Eye Anomaly
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Cancer of the bladder
  • Transitional cell carcinoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Skin Allergies
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), etc.

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Shetland Sheepdogs Pet Insurance Statistics

Origin: Scotland

Average height: 13 – 16 inches

Average weight: 15 – 25 pounds

Life expectancy: 12 – 14 years

Colors: Merle, Blue Merle, Tri-color, Sable & White, Black & White, Black & Tan, Sable

Exercise Requirements: 20 – 40 minutes per day

Temperament: Lively, Affectionate, Loyal, Responsive, Reserved, Intelligent, Alert, Playful, Trainable, Active, Gentle, Strong.

Health: They are healthy overall but prone to conditions like hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cancer of the bladder, transitional cell carcinoma, hypothyroidism, collie eye anomaly, progressive retinal atrophy, skin allergies, etc.

Energy level: Very energetic

The tendency to Bark: High

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Shetland Sheepdogs Pet Insurance News

A Calgary-based five-year-old Shetland sheepdog Blackberry won an award of merit at the Westminster Kennel Club known as the Oscar of Dog Shows. His human companion Karen Linkletter told Calgary Eyeopener host David Gray that the award meant that Blackberry took the second place in the best of the breed dog category.

“We didn’t make it to the big ring, these are the best dogs in North America… it was really exciting to compete against them and be recognized”, Linkletter said.

Blackberry, like all Sheltie, looks bigger than he actually is. The long fur combed into an impressive black and white mane covered the small body, weighing just 22 pounds. Shelties were originally bred to herd sheep and small livestock in Scotland. They are known for being bright, playful and energetic.

“I don’t think he has ever seen a sheep”, Linkletter chuckled, “but he is very good around horses”.

Dogs are required to be an American Champion to qualify for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. They earn this qualification by accumulating points from judged dog shows. Linkletter who does dog training and showing as a hobby explained that he does not do it full time. “He has done way better than I expected”, she added.

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Shetland Sheepdogs Pet Insurance FAQ


How much exercise does a Sheltie need?

Shelties require a good walk or run for about 30 to 60 minutes a day. This is, of course, the standard for any dog breed. More is better for the Sheltie.

Are Shetland Sheepdogs aggressive?

The breed is known for its sweet, gentle and pleasing personality. They are also affectionate and playful. The Sheltie is not an aggressive breed but they may not be comfortable around strangers.

How soon does pet insurance take effect?

Every pet insurer in Canada has a waiting period. This is the number of days from the time you purchased the policy to the time it becomes effective. The waiting period for most pet insurers differs.

Can you get pet insurance after diagnosis?

If your pet is diagnosed with a medical condition before you take out pet insurance or before the coverage becomes effective, the condition will be excluded from the Shetland Sheepdogs pet insurance coverage.

What medical conditions are common with Shetland Sheepdogs?

Several medical conditions are common with Shetland Sheepdogs. Examples include hip dysplasia, epilepsy, cancer of the bladder, transitional cell carcinoma, hypothyroidism, collie eye anomaly, progressive retinal atrophy, skin allergies, etc.

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