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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    We have a sheltie (9 years old) and love her dearly. She is very loyal and loves attention – she is wonderful with my husband and I, but I don’t thinkI’d get another. She barks all day long and is has a short temperament with young children.

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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    Our first Sheltie, Ritzi passed last spring. She was quite the lady until the end. As owners of this breed knows, they are horrible barkers, but this gentle soul raise my two kids with all the pride and patience of a mom. My second is three years old. Zacchaeus, he is also a barker (I’m sure I am real popular w/my neighbors). But Zach is so gentle with children and adults, his personality is precious. If you can put up with barking, I highly recommend this breed.

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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    My Sheltie Fred is 16 years old and still runs around like a youngster. He was born Feb. 4, 1988. Is he the oldest living Sheltie? I don’t know. Let me know.

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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    I have 2 shelties (lady-7 and Bandit-8mths) both females and both very loving. Lady (oldest) is a barker but we have taught her to stop all we have to say is, "QUIET!" and she listens. Bandit learns very easy when I bought her she didn’t know any tricks but with in the first 2wks of having her she learned how to sit. this breed is very intelligent. to pick it out I would get the female 1st because they are better listeners. I breed my dogs and am going to keep one out of the next litter. this is a very loyal and loving pet.

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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    My sheltie, Fred, is 16 years old and runs around like a youngster. His only difficulties are diminished eyesight and hearing. Otherwise, he eats good and bounces around like a champ. He also is a very good, deep sleeper in his old age. I expect him to be around for a long time.

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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    Twister, our 2 year old Sheltie male, is the smartest dog we have ever owned. He can learn new behaviors in only an hour. For example, I taught him to stay, where I can even leave the room, in just one lesson. Twister is very sweet and loyal to us. Our only challenge with him is that he is a big chicken!

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  • Jan 1, 2008 at 12:00
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    I have two shelties: Billy is 3 years and Pooka 6 months. They are both amazing dogs. Highly intelligent and they practically train themselves. My male is very hyper and easily distracted but still perfecting the house by himself. Just a little crazy sometimes! He can actually bark count to three. My female is much more independent and really doesn’t mind being left alone. She is the barker, though. Sheyaps constantly but the male will ONLY bark if something is there. I think she’s just young and enjoys it right now. I really think the female sheltie is a much easier dog to train and live with, but the only real difference I’ve noticed is that the males are completely dependent on ‘their person’ while the female has a more ladylike and independent outlook.

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  • Jan 9, 2009 at 12:00
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    I am on my third Sheltie in 30 years and I just love Shelties. They are highly intelligent and excel in obedience competition and agility trials. Shelties are also very sensitive and loving dogs and are not meant for heavy handed owners. A good dog has a good master that takes the time to take the dog to school and train the dog to become a good family pet. I’ve enjoyed all the obedience classes that we’ve attended. We even did agility. It was great exercise for me too! Shelties are wonderful dogs and my next dog will also be a Sheltie. I am a Sheltie fan for life! To control the barking there are many training techniques one can use. My dog is well under control and doesn’t bark that often. I bring my Sheltie to school to work with my disabled kids with mental retardation and they just adore him. He’s so gentle and loving with my high school students.

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