Our friend Shadow is 13 years old. She's a beautiful little lady, and she's extremely sweet!
Shetland Sheepdogs, known as “Shelties,” were bred to be compact hunting dogs. It is generally believed that Shelties are descendants of Rough Coated Collies; however, they are actually a combination of Scottish Collies and King Charles Spaniels. Shelties are known for their intelligence and energy.
Shelties have a double coat, and often shed a lot of the time, no matter the season. The topcoat consists of long, straight, water-repellent hair, which provides protection from cold and the elements. The undercoat is short, furry, and very dense and helps to keep the dog warm. Mats can be commonly found behind the ears, under the elbow on each front leg, and in the fluffy fur on the hind legs (the "skirts"), as well as around the collar (if worn). The coat is usually shed twice a year, often at spring and autumn. 
Shaving a Sheltie is extremely bad for their skin and coat; often, the hair does not ever grow back normally.
Shelties were relatively unknown in the United States, until President Calvin Coolidge was elected president in 1923. Their Sheltie "Calamity Jane" lived up to her name when she lived in the White House. The mischievous pup often needed to be bathed daily.
The first Sheltie to be registered by the American Kennel Club was "Lord Scott" in 1911. 
Autumn is the perfect time to groom many breeds of dogs including Shelties! Call us today, we can help with shedding! 518-346-2030
Our groomer Darlene Galli has been a professional dog groomer for over 20 years. She has been our full-time groomer since we opened in 2010. River Road Animal Hospital is a full service veterinary hospital located in Niskayuna, NY. Our mission is to care for your pet with compassion and excellence. We treat dogs, cats, and small pocket pets. In addition to general medicine and surgery, our facility also offers a boarding kennel, doggie daycare, and grooming services.