Have you ever considered getting a new member of the family, more particularly a shetland sheep dog? Probably you have been dreaming of having a four-legged creature running around the house or having a ball of fur to welcome you when you arrive home. These are just some of the pleasures dog ownership brings. However, having a dog, like a shetland sheep dog is not just pleasure all the time. Dog owners must do their responsibilities too in order to ensure the pet's wellness.
More often, potential dog owners are often captivated by how cute a dog looks at first glance. The pleading eyes and the graceful wagging of the tail are enough reasons for them to bring home the pup. Many people know that this should not be the case when it comes to choosing a dog. However, there are still a lot who are easily swayed to the "cuteness" factor in addition to the seller's words of encouragement.
Dog ownership is not one-day period, neither a week-long companionship. Having a dog is a lifetime commitment many people must understand. Sadly, many dogs are abandoned and turned over to shelters and rescue groups usually because of their owner's ignorance and lack of commitment. But this heart-breaking scenario can be prevented only if potential dog owners are wise and responsible enough to assess themselves and find out if a certain breed is right for them.
It must be known that the shetland sheep dog breed, although considered a herding dog, does not necessarily need a wide yard or field in order to be happy. These lively dogs may do good either in an apartment in the city or a large house in the country. This breed, though makes a good guard dog and watchdog, loves to be around people particularly a confident and consistent pack leader. If you are too busy with you work or other activities, not always at home and don't have spare time to exercise your dog daily, then you may want to put off your plan of getting a dog. And besides, a dog needs not just exercise alone. Grooming, proper care as well as appropriate training are part of the responsibilities of every dog owner. If you find it impossible to add these things to your daily routine, then having a shetland sheep dog, or other breed for that matter is not right for you.
An adult shetland sheep dog may not be compatible to a family with young children, but with constant supervision and caution, both can thrive together.