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Old 02-08-2012, 01:03 AM
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I grew up with a Shetland sheepdog but she was not well bred. She came from a puppymill type situation. Educate me on what this breed is actually supposed to be so I can see if this breed is a good fit for me or not.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:57 AM
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I've never owned a Sheltie but have been around lots and lots and lots of them. There is a really wide range of temperaments seen in Shelties. It is pretty hard to make generalizations about what they are like because they can vary so much. They are definitely a breed which requires a lo of early socialization and early training though.
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Old 02-08-2012, 08:41 AM
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...There is a really wide range of temperaments seen in Shelties. It is pretty hard to make generalizations about what they are like because they can vary so much...
That's been my experience, too. I've met some really nice, sweet, out going Shelties, as well as shy, snippy ones. I've also met some so nasty that, as the old saying goes, I wouldn't trust as far as I could throw them. Then there's the activity level and vocalization- again, I've met Shelties at both ends of those spectrums- laid back, quiet ones, and ones that are in constant motion with a mouth that never quits.
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I'm just gonna link to some of the other good discussions we've had...

http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=142740
http://chazhound.com/forums/showthread.php?t=122480
http://chazhound.com/forums/showthre...=103704&page=4

I think Laur and I have bantered back and forth on shelties so many times in the past LOL, you should find what you need in those threads...
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Yeah a lot of variability has been my experience too. Definitely ask if you have any specific questions! They're fantastic dogs.


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Old 02-08-2012, 11:54 PM
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Thanks for the links. I will go check them out.

My childhood dog was incredibly lazy and hated other dogs but she was sweet and loyal to her people (didn't acknowledge strangers). I generally like a dog with a bit more OOMF to them but she was a great dog and would've been even more wonderful with training. Everything about her was great except her laziness.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:36 PM
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I've known lots of non-lazy shelties. The ones I trained agility with were quite spunky and all of mine were as youngsters as well.
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I just wanted to say I have serious sheltie withdrawals today. The classes I took were full of Aussies and shelties and there was this one dear sheltie. So beautiful and also oversized. But he and his owner were playing and he turned and did the needle nose punch and then honked. It sounded just like Trey. I miss that honking noise. I've never really noticed another breed other than shelties and collies that do that.
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I've heard people talk about the honking before, I've never heard it and I'm really interested! lol
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All the shelties I know now are eery, characterless, robots. Quiet, careful, and well... weirdly boring.

I used to train with a sheltie that was pushy, fast, drivey, and a real go-getter in agility when I first started years ago.
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