About Our Breed

Seafarer Shelties founding bitch, Misty. Gloria and her granddaughter with puppy.

Here at Seafarer, the goal has always been to produce Shetland Sheepdogs that capture the true essence of the breed in their temperament, structure, movement and intelligence.

Shelties can average between 13 and 16 inches when measured from the top of their shoulders to the ground, however there are often pups who will be larger or smaller as well. The average lifespan is between 12 to 15 years.

Shelties can come in a range of colours, including sables, tri colour, bi-black, bi-blue and blue merle. They have a double coat designed to regulate their body temperature in all seasons. It can easily be maintained with regular brushing down to the skin. That will keep a sheltie’s coat pretty and in good condition. Spending half an hour every week or two not only keeps the coat clean and cuts back on shedding, but it’s a great way to bond with your dog.

If what you want is a small, versatile, intelligent, trainable dog, Shelties fit the bill. Shelties are intensely loyal to their owners and have a strong desire to please. They love being with people and learn quickly – especially when the owner is consistent in their training.

Shelties were bred to keep watch over the Shetland farms and were expected to keep animals out of the gardens, babysit the children and warn of an approaching stranger. They can have a tendency to bark, but often may be trained to quiet on command. When it comes to exercise needs, Shelties can be what you want them to be. While they need and enjoy exercise, if you’re a couch potato, they will happily join you. If you enjoy a higher level of activity, shelties are adaptable and eager to keep up.