I was wondering, I was picking out a dog yesterday...and I saw shetland sheepdogs and pugs. I just don't know which one to choose. Could someone tell me anything about those dogs, and I will be happy. I just need to know which would work out for me, and what won't. And, any cute names that would work is great. I can only think of three, they are Pudgey, Marley, and Ripples. Which name should it be? I think I should get a sheltie, and a pug...and choose the names Marley, and Pudgey. I'm not sure. What do you think??? They ar both females. Plus, those names are females too. I found out!
I would have to say a sheltie. I have a sheltie and their actions are so cute and adorable. They have thick fur so at winter, you don't have to dress it up in thick clothing but you would have to brush it often. You never have to take them to a groomer so that's good. They have a bundle of energy so it would best if you have a big back yard. They are very loving and understanding and extremely friendly. Once I took Peter on a walk on the beach off leash and he ran to every person he saw! I would also prefer the name Marley. It would fit the sheltie perfectly. Rember to choose the breed wisely because you would have to spend at least 10 wonderful years together! Good luck!
Either a Sheltie or Pug would be a great choice, but don't get your pup from a place that sells both Shelties and Pugs! Only a pet store (puppy mill dog!) or unethical breeder would have both breeds. Try a rescue pup or reputable breeder for you pup.
Shadow is a great dog. Mine doesn't shed a lot. I brush him weekly. He is a great companion. He does bark in comparison to the other dogs I ever had (Alaskan Malamute, Labrador Mix, Scottish Terrier) and have a lot; however he will shut up when you tell him to.
Mine is very good with everyone. He is not somebody who will jump up to great you like our Benji. He just waits for his turn.
Shadow will push my arm, when he wants to be petted. He is very loveable and smart.
He loves to play fetch ball (in our fenced in area). We have a porch where my husband and I will sit in the afternoon and drink cappuccino. Shadow is too funny he drops the tennis ball at our feet and waits for one of us to throw it in the fenced in area to catch. He runs gets the ball the play starts over.
We also have a chicken, which we let out in the fenced in area and Shadow nor Benji are interested in.
Do some online research for both breeds before deciding. I am partial to Pugs myself. Keep in mind they cannot handle the hot weather so need to spend most of their time indoors in the summer. They arent fond of extreme cold either. They are heavy shedders as are shelties.
Though the sweetness, and adoring snoring, grunting and farting are priceless.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
I actually happened to pop in and see this thread.
With Shelties, make sure you buy from a reputable breeder. Honestly, you want to see one that shows and runs genetic tests on their breeding stock. Reputable breeders do not really charge more for their puppies than most puppymills - and are usually less than pet stores. The difference is that badly bred Shelties often have a totally different temperament than a well bred one. And equally important, if they have poor structure they are more prone to joint problems.
Shelties are VERY devoted dogs. Do not get a Sheltie if you only have a couple of hours a day to devote to it or plan to relegate it to the back yard or a crate. They NEED people in order to remain sane :). They are also HIGHLY intelligent dogs with a high problem solving skill. If they get bored, they will find something to keep them busy - and not always what YOU would choose. They learn quickly and training is usually really easy - but if you don't lay out the guidelines as a puppy, they will be running the household in a matter of months. Good breeding, good socialization, and good training is the difference between the absolute best dog you've ever met - or a total nightmare.
Don't pick a puppy out until it is at least 6 weeks old. A breeder can't estimate size until at least this age. Size estimation is done based on height from 6 weeks on. Weight has almost nothing to do with it. The size of the parents does not matter. You can see Shelties as little as 10 inches tall and as big as 20 inches tall - from the same litter - when both parents are 14 inches tall. Not every person wants an 18 inch, 50 lbs Sheltie. Not every person wants an 11 inch, 10 lbs Sheltie. It's important that you can choose the dog that fits your lifestyle - and no GOOD Sheltie breeder lest you choose your puppy when they are younger than 5-6 weeks.
You also want them to be that old to evalute personality. You may not get to meet the puppies if they are under 7 weeks - but a good breeder should know a lot about their puppies and be interested in pairing the right puppy with the right person. Some Shelties have a higher activity level and love to run, play frisbee, be active. Some Shelties are total couch potatoes. Again - both are not right for every person.
Don't choose a puppy based on sex, color, markings, price, or availability. Choose the breeder. Then wait for, or choose the puppy.
You'll pay $500-800 for a good quality Sheltie depending on what part of the country you are in. You want at least a 2 year guarantee. You want the puppies raised IN the breeders home (barn/kennel/garage raised puppies are usually harder to housebreak, are not as well socialized, and are usually a bit neurotic). With Shelties, you want the breeder to JUST raise Shelties (or 1 other breed - no more than that! It's too complicated a breed). You want them to be active with their dogs outside of breeding (good breeders show, do agility, do obedience, do therapy dog work... something). Parents should have hips OFA cleared. Eyes should be CERF normal/clear. This is minimum testing. It's also nice to see breeders who have thyroids checked by MSU and have Von Willebrand's clear dogs. A lot of breeders are also now checking their dogs for the MDR-1 gene mutation. They should also be a member of a local Sheltie club or AKC chapter.
If you decide on a Sheltie, if you Private Message me, I can refer you to breeders in most parts of the country - especially the midwest.
Shelties do bark - but they should really only bark while playing, or to alert you when something unusual happens (NOT at everything that moves! :). They do shed. Spayed/neutered dogs shed about 1/2 as much and if you run a brush through their coat 2-3 times a week it will be minimal shedding except when they "blow their coat" (usually once a year in spayed/neutered dogs). There is NO difference between spay/neutered females and males in Shelties. They are pretty much identical temperament wise - and I usually find Males to be a bit less stubborn and eager to please. Males also shed less (hormone thing :).
I have owned Shelties for years and currently own a Pug. While Shelties are more active both are eager to please. Pugs may be a little stubborn but wnce they realize what you want that may be an advantage in training. Both breeds need almost daily brushing. While the Pug has a short coat they shed alot. Both should have a companion(dog or human) most of the time.
I have four pugs all seniors and they can be a handful also as they have their little tricks as they are very smart also and do shed alot as i vacuum alot.Pugs also have health issues which can total quite an amount but,other dogs can to as mine are seniors and have issues which require alot of care as this doesn't bother me i love them dearly that's why i also rescue pugs.You should weigh everything before getting your new companion as you want to make sure it's right for the both of you.
This is my one pug noah,my other rescue,he is blind and deaf but a love.
We have a 10 yr. old sheltie and he is the sweetest and most loyal companion. When I'm sick and stay in bed, he never leaves my side, he's always happy to see us and is just the BEST. Most folks tell us that their shelties are very 'yappy', ours is not, never has been in all the years we've had him. We just adore him and he us -- so I'd say go with a sheltie! Pugs are cute, but I don't know anything about them.