Shadow the Shetland Sheepdog Mix

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Our friend Shadow is 13 years old. She's a beautiful little lady, and she's extremely sweet! 

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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.   

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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. [1]

Shaving a Sheltie is extremely bad for their skin and coat; often, the hair does not ever grow back normally. 

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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. [2] 


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References: 

[1 & 2] Wikipedia "Shetland Sheepdog."