Do Toy Shelties Make Good Family Pets?


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Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties, are great family dogs. According to American Kennel Club, these bright, intelligent and energetic dogs love to play with children and are very loyal and affectionate toward their families.

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Shetland Sheepdogs were originally herding dogs, but they are intelligent and very trainable canines that adapt to many living situations. Shelties are devoted to their families and love to spend time with family members, often following people around the house and yard. Shelties are playful and obedient, which makes them great around children and the elderly. However, being such a sociable breed, Shelties do not like being left on their own for more than a few hours at a time.

While Shelties adore their families, they are often reserved around strangers. This, coupled with their high alertness, makes them great watchdogs to keep a family safe.

Shelties are energetic dogs and love to do activities with their families. They require regular activity and are happy when they get to run around a fenced-off yard with their family members. Shelties also love it when they are given a job to do, and they make great companies for activities like agility or obedience training. Shelties are one of the most successful obedience breeds.

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