Shetland Sheepdog: Health Issues & Personality
Corneal Degeneration (Dystrophy)
Extra Eyelashes
PPM (Persistent Pupillary Membrane)
Collie Eye Anomaly (Ectasia Syndrome):
A non-progressive eye disease found in 85-90 percent of Scotch Collies, 10 percent of Shelties, but also found in other breeds.  The anomaly is present at birth and can affect one or both eyes, specifically the choroid, optic nerve and retina.  Severe cases can lead to blindness, and the only cure is preventative breeding.
CRA (Central Retinal Atrophy):
CRA is another inherited disease of the retina and is different from PRA.  CRA causes progressive loss of vision, but the progression may be so slow as to leave your old dog with some sight.  It is mainly seen in the UK.
Hemophilia: Hemophilia is a disorder in which blood will not clot properly to aid in the healing of wounds.  A dog with a mild form or hemophilia might never even need treatment, unless excessing bleeding occurs due to trauma or surgery.  Unfortunately, dogs with severe hemophilia often die from uncontrollable bleeding problems.  Once you know your dog is affected, your vet will help you with managing this lifelong disorder.  This will include being vigilant for signs of bleeding, and occasional blood transfusions.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus: A heart defect which can cause fluid build up in the lungs.
Hip Dysplasia
Nasal Solar Dermatitis
Shetland Sheepdog:
The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is one of the few working dogs who can adjust easily to apartment living, though it still requires a moderate amount of exercise.  The thick undercoat can come out in handfuls when shedding, but thorough grooming twice a week will minimize the problem and keep the dog's coat looking its best.
Average Lifespan Of The Shetland Sheepdog: 12-14 years.
Average Weight: 20-25lbs.
Inherited Health Disorders:
Shetland Sheepdog
Exercise Requirements: 3/5
Affection Level: 3/5
Friendliness-Other Pets:
Friendliness-Strangers: 1/5
Ease Of Training:

About The Ratings:

Exercise Requirements:
1: Low, 5: High
Affection Level:
1: Introverted, 5: Extroverted.
Friendliness-Other Pets:
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
1: Least Friendly, 5: Most Friendly.
Ease Of Training:
1: Most Difficult, 5: Least Difficult.
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