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Shetland Sheepdog
Scientific Name:
Canis familiaris
Family Name:
12-15 inches (30-38 cm.)
12-18 lbs. (5-8 kg.)
blue merle, sable and black with various amounts of white and/or tan.
Life Span:
about 12-15 years.
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Shetland Sheepdog

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Shetland Sheepdog Description
  he Shetland Sheepdog is a beautiful dog that is strong, nimble, lightly built, with a wedge-shaped, long head. It look like a miniature copy of the long-haired collie. The rough outer coat is lined with a dense, woolly undercoat. Its glorious, long double coat sports a lion-like mane and frill around the neck. Its legs and long tail are feathered and on the feet and face, the hair is smooth. Its tail reaches to the hocks, and the top plane of the muzzle is parallel to that of the skull. Its almond-shaped eyes are usually dark with the exception of the blue merle dog where they may be blue or merle color and its ears are flexible, small, and expressive, with dropping tips. It has a gentle, watchful, intelligent and questioning expression. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The Shetland, or Sheltie is an agile, swift dog and a good jumper.  
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