The Shethund is cross between two purebred dogs, the Shetland Sheepdog and the Dachshund. Both the parent breeds were originally bred for herding and hunting purposes.
Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie) x Dachshund = Shethund
Appearance (Sheltie Dachshund Mix)
Your Shethund can inherit the appearance traits of one or both its parent breeds, the Shetland Sheepdog and the Dachshund. This is a medium-sized dog that usually weighs between 10-18 pounds and can grow up to 8-16 inches in height.
Also, depending on which breed parent has the most influence in the bio mix, her coat colors can be brown, tan, red, sable, blue merle and white. They have medium, straight coat type which is double-coated with a long, straight topcoat and a short, fluffy undercoat or it can be smooth or wiry. Owing to its parent’s breed, the Shethund may have the Sheltie nose, coat, and body with short legs of a Dachshund.
Her ears are set high which are either long and soft and hanging down or smaller erect with tips breaking forward.
Shethund (Sheltie Dachshund Mix) Pictures
|Other Names||Sheltie Dachshund Mix|
|Color||Black, brown, cream, sable, blue, gray, white.|
|Breed Group||Companion, Watchdog|
|Temperament||Intelligent, friendly, courage, aggressive,|
|Good with Children||Yes (Adult supervision recommended)|
|Country of Origin||USA (Assumed)|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||DBR|
Temperament and Personality
The breed is known to be social, loyal, loving, independent, social, lively, playful and responsive. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up the breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed.
The most common traits she can inherit from its parents; the Shetland Sheepdog and the Dachshund are friendliness affection, aggressiveness, courage, gentleness, and intelligence. They make great family pets and are good for first-time owners too.
Owing to its parent’s lineage of hunting and herding instincts a Shethund may have traits to “herd” small animals and even the kids. Therefore you must be very careful when you have your pooch around kids. It’s advised to give them early socialization from a young age to make them more adaptable and friendly.
These dogs are highly sensitive and energetic by nature, which needs to be managed well on a daily basis to keep them well-rounded. She is best suited to a temperate climate, provided she is given adequate and appropriate protection and precautions for those hotter or colder temperature extremes.
This active canine breed needs 1 to 2 hours of daily exercise periods to channelize her high energies. This exercise can be accomplished by several activities like, daily walks or jogs, playtime in the dog park or fenced yard, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flyball, agility training and obedience training.
She has traits of wandering, hunting, and herding, so its best to keep her on a leash when outside the house or fenced yard or other safe enclosure.
Your Shethund is a low-moderate maintenance canine. Their smooth topcoats need brushing twice a week. However, thicker coats need to be brushed daily, and more during the seasonal shedding season.
It’s best recommended to check her toenails and ears checked weekly, cleaning them as needed with a cotton ball and trim their nails as required.
Brushing her teeth two or three times a week will help to avoid the development of periodontal disease and tooth decay and tooth loss which can accompany it.
She is an active canine who will need daily exercise of 1 to 2 hours to keep her fit, healthy and happy. They are easy to train.
Positive Reinforcement: Taking a positive and fun, rewards-based approach is the best way to encourage your pet.
Obedience Training: Obedience training always comes prior to socialization training, especially to herding dogs. Since herding dogs have a natural instinct to hunt other animals, it is important to train them basic obedience commands like ‘freeze’, ‘back’, ‘halt’. ‘stop’, and etc. to keep them even-tempered and well-rounded dogs.
Socialization: Taking your young puppies to parks to play and meet other people and animals will make them comfortable with strangers and help them come out of their shyness.
The Shethund is a medium-sized active dog that needs healthy dog food (1 cup) which is divided into 1-2 meals. Be careful not to overfeed your dog with treats and meals as this may lead to obesity.