Hang around Shetland Sheepdogs long enough and you will realize they are wonderfully silly and funny animals. They have a definite set of character traits that makes them special! Come explore some of the most recognizable Sheltie silliness! I’m certain you will identify at least one (or more) in your own Shelties.
Is the Sheltie smile real? Of course it is! Can dogs really laugh? Yes, in their own way. Like in all dog breeds, the Shetland Sheepdog smile has its origins in wolf behavior, but we actually reinforce this cute characteristic! Learn more about this endearing quality.
Does your Sheltie talk, or even sing to you? While they are known for being barkers, Shetland Sheepdogs can also engage in quite a bit of dog “talk”. If you encourage them, they will often make strange noises that can sound like they are talking! It is without question, absolutely adorable.
They do it to make you laugh…and for belly rubs! But seriously, why do Shelties sleep on their backs with all four fuzzy paws in the air? Is it just something Sheltie do? Learn more about this behavior and why they sleep paws-up.
Shelties have the reputation for being shy dogs. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Socializing Shelties when they’re young is worth the time and effort; boosting their confidence for the rest of their lives. While a nervous Sheltie can be partially attributed to genetics, their desire to please can help them overide their instinctive shyness.
“No way” you say? While many Sheltie owners say that their dogs hate water, it turns out that with the right encouragement, some Shelties will take to water! Early socializing of puppies is key here, so if you want them to become a true Water Sheltie, you need to encourage lots of positive swimming experiences when the dog is young.
Can you relate to any of these silly dog character traits? Then you will LOVE the humorous ebook called 50 Sheltie Cartoons by Rob Middleton.
Full of cute and hilarious full color cartoons, this is a wonderful ode to the Shelties we all know & love. Rob has brilliantly captured the ‘quirky’ personality traits of the Sheltie and his illustrations will make you giggle!