When it comes to sheltie personality, who the world sees vs. who the owner sees, can be quite disparate.
They have a reputation for shyness that disappears once a sheltie begins to trust.
And while some people consider them too soft in temperament, I beg to differ. They may be sensitive, but the Shetland Sheepdog personality is basically a pretty hardy breed.
But just because I and many others feel they are the best breed on earth, the Shetland Sheepdog may not be for you.
You may or may not appreciate their joyful quirkiness, energy level, or the grooming required.
They give information on breeds I am not familiar.
I have had a few different breeds over the years, and they all have so much to offer. But in matters of love, there are just some things that touch your heart more than others.
I have had a Golden Retriever. God, he was a beauty. Came from a very reputable breeder who was my mentor in Obedience Competition training. The Golden was smart and loving and happy.
Why didn’t I stay with Golden Retrievers as a breed? He loved everyone as much as me. He’d sell me for a cookie. We would take hikes in the parks and if he met someone, canine or human, he’d just as soon leave with them as stay with me.
Sorry, if I’m going to feed you, bath and groom you, train you, love you, watch over you… could you at least make me your number one person??
Mini Aussies. Had one of them. She was smart and athletic and beautiful.
She was also the stubbornest bitch I ever met. Headstrong didn’t begin to describe it. Her breeder said she used to call her “Martha Stewart” when she was a pup. I should have known.
English Shepherds. Wow! Smart, biddable, great farm guardian when I lived in Oregon. The girls were an absolute love. The bitch I had would play nanny to my Shetland Sheepdog puppies.
She also used to try to kill chickens as a pup, but then one day, it just clicked and without any training (I swear!) she learned that when the chickens were out of their appropriate chicken field, they needed to be brought back.
She learned to herd chickens. You had to see it to believe it. Saved me hours of chasing the hens!
But the boys that I had contact with were all into fighting other males. Not something I wanted to see if it was a trait across the entire breed.
In addition to what I consider a beautiful appearance and happy outlook on life, there are so many pluses and so few minuses in living with them. The Sheltie personality complemented mine so well.
But let's discuss some specifics: