A regular grooming schedule is an important requirement when you own a Shetland Sheepdog (aka the Sheltie). Weekly brushing will keep the natural luster of a Shelties fur. It will also help to prevent matting, especially behind ears, under armpits and the underbelly. Bathing a Sheltie often isn’t suggested. Too much bath time can dry out and damage the coat.
Shelties tend to grow a lot of fur in between the paw pads. This should be trimmed when fur sticks out past the dogs pads. Nails should not touch the floor. Clipping or grinding of your Shelties nails is a matter of preference.
Message from a Sheltie mom – Having never owned a Sheltie before, it’s been a bit of a challenge making sure that her grooming needs are met. I have found that maintaining a Shelties fur and that of a short haired, one coated dog is quite different. You really shouldn’t consider a Sheltie if you are not up for the grooming challenge!
From what I have read, Sheltand Sheepdogs can grow their fur until the age of 3. Misty Blue will be 2 in June. I’ve been noticing her coat has started getting longer in some areas, especially her chest fur. Lately her coat seems a bit dry and dull so I have started giving her fish oil in her food. I am hoping this will bring luster back to her fur.
What other grooming needs are there for a Sheltie?
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Shetland Sheepdog ~ A to Z Blogging Challenge 2020 Posts
A Is For Active
B Is For Barking
C Is For Characteristics
D Is For Dental Care
E Is For Ear Tipping
F Is For Famous Shetland Sheepdogs
G Is For Grooming
H Is For Health Conditions
I Is For Ivermectin
J Is For Jumping
K Is For Kisses
L Is For Lily of the Valley and other poisonous flowers
M Is For MDR1
N Is For Nose Work
O Is For Origin
P Is For Phenol
Q Is For Quarantine
R Is For Rainbow Bridge
S Is For Shedding
T Is For Traits
U Is For Unconditional Love
V Is For Veterinarian
W Is For Working Ability
X Is For Xylitol
Y Is For Yelling and Other Noises
Z Is For Zoomies
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