Sheltie is very often confused with the equally popular dog breed – collie. Indeed, they have a lot in common in appearance, but there is one big difference. It consists of the fact that the Sheltie is much lower.
Adult Sheltie and Puppy Sizes
Since this breed was officially recognized, an appearance standard was drawn up for it. According to him, Shetland Sheepdogs must meet the following growth parameters:
- the maximum permissible height at the withers is 40 cm;
- the minimum height allowed is 32 cm.
As you can see, the difference is displeasingly noticeable, it is only 8 cm. However, it is difficult to meet representatives of this breed, which would differ in growth, passing along the upper border. Males usually grow up to 35-37 cm, females can be either 32 or 35 cm.
At the same time, the weight of adults ranges from 6.8 to 11.3 cm. Males, as a rule, are slightly heavier than girls.
Puppies are born with a weight of 200-300 g. How they will gain weight and gain in height in the future depends on several factors:
- the number of puppies in the litter;
- the amount of milk in the mother;
- quality of complementary foods;
- the presence of genetic defects;
- past illnesses;
- further care.
If there are too many puppies in a litter, the babies can be very weak and small in size. The additional introduction of complementary foods in the form of special milk and nutritional mixtures will help to achieve the necessary parameters.
How the puppy will develop depends largely on the owner. So, if the owner does not deal with the pet, does not pay attention to its physical and psycho-emotional development, there may be delays in growth and weight gain. It is especially important to find the right feeding method that meets the needs of your dog at any age.