This will end in tears!
Published: 10th January 2017
This will end in tears, but fortunately its happy tears.
While it looks a little scary with the dog racing towards the baby boy over and over, these two are most definitely going to be best friends for life.
The boy thinks the dogs hysterical funny as it races round and round the table and towards the boy. The dog feed of from the response, and it looks like the two can go on like this for ages. Such a cute couple!
If you wonder what breed this dog is, we can tell you it's a Shetland Sheepdog. Read more about the breed also called "Sheltie" below the video.
Learn About the Shetland Sheepdog Before You Bring One Home
No matter what breed of dog you decide to bring home it is important to learn as much as you can about this dog beforehand. This helps to ensure that you, your family, and the dog are a good fit for one another. If you are thinking about bringing a Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie as they are commonly called, into your home, read on to learn what you should know about this wonderful dog.
The Shetland sheepdog loves to please. They are happy, and playful. They get along well with other animals, and with people. They are smart, funny, and easy to train.
The not so good
The sheltie is a barker. If you live in a quiet suburb, this may not be too much of an issue. In a noisy city, your dog will find plenty to bark at. If a barking dog is something that will annoy you, this may not be the breed for you. This breed may also have separation anxiety. Not every dog will have this, but some may. It is something to watch for.
The Shetland sheepdog is a herding dog and has strong herding instincts. This means it will chase after moving objects. Be sure to have a secure yard where your dog can not get out of. Always keep the dog on a leash when you are out of the yard so it does not run off after anything. It was bred for doing a job. This means that your dog will need to be well exercised. While all dogs need exercise, those bred to work, need more.
Do you have the time?
As an owner, you should enjoy walking, running, or playing with your pet. If you want a lap dog, the Sheltie is not the one. Though, your Sheltie will enjoy sitting next to you and hanging out sometimes.
You should also have time for grooming. One look at the Shetland sheepdog's coat and you can see that frequent brushing is a must. Without brushing, the fur will become matted and that not only looks bad, but it is uncomfortable for the dog.
Bringing a Sheltie into a family with children is not a problem. They generally love kids. These dogs are relatively sturdy. They weigh around 20 pounds when they are full grown.
Where the Shetland Sheepdog excels
The sheltie is wonderful at agility training. If this is something that you want to get into, the Shetland is a good choice for you. They are super smart. In fact, they are ranked number six in intelligence out of 132 dog breeds. They pick up on new commands quickly. Agility exercises both their mind and their body which is exactly what the dog needs.
What to watch out for
Shyness and anxiety are two things to watch for. If you bring your dog home as a puppy make sure to socialize the dog as much as possible. The sheltie is also sensitive to stress. They pick up on it and it can have an impact on them. They also do not do well with loud voices.
There are several serious health issues that impact the Sheltie. While not every dog of this breed will have these issues, they are something to watch out for. Epilepsy, eye issues, skin problems, diabetes, and bladder cancer are all issues that impact this breed. Von Willebrand's disease is a blood clotting disease that these dogs are also prone to. However, a simple test can determine whether or not your dog is at risk.
Reward based training is the best way to train the Sheltie. Be firm, yet kind. Since they are prone to anxiety and stress, you never want to hit, or scream at the dog. Not only will this not work as a training tool, but it can make things worse and make your dog fearful.
Overall the Shetland sheepdog is a wonderful companion and pet. If you want a dog that wants to share your life and activities, this is a perfect choice. This dog will make an excellent furry, family member. It will want to spend time with you, learn from you, and provide you with friendship and companionship. If you want a dog that can learn quickly, you and the Sheltie will have a lot of fun together.
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