The Sheltie Pin: A Complete Guide

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Originating from the Shetland Sheepdog and the Miniature Pinscher, the Sheltie Pin is a relatively new breed that has only been bred since the early 2000s in the United States.

It’s a hybrid that’s mainly bred to keep its owners company.

Other than their descendants who are still waiting for approval by the American Kennel Club, both the Shetland Sheepdog as well as the Miniature Pinscher has been bred for a while now.

The Shetland Sheepdog used to herd sheep on the small Shetland islands and were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1911.

His affectionate and easy-going character, as well as his passion when it comes to looking after either animals or humans, got passed on to the Sheltie Pin, just like his various possibilities in size and color.

The main similarity the Miniature Pinscher shares with the Sheltie Pin is a very spirited and lively behavior.

Giving the impression of being a descendant of the Doberman Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher was around about 200 years before him.

This toy-sized dog was recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Terrier in 1925, and the Miniature Club of America recognized him as a toy breed 5 years later.

Today, he can be seen as a very popular companion dog.

Sheltie Pin Puppies – Before You Buy…

Curious Sheltie Pin standing
The Sheltie Pin is a small, energetic dog.

Before looking at a breeder to buy a Sheltie Pin pup from, you need to understand that even though the Sheltie Pin is a hybrid that’s mainly bred to keep its owner’s company he needs more than simply being with you.

They have tons of energy and will need to get plenty of exercise.

What Price are Sheltie Pin Puppies?

Especially since the Sheltie Pin is a relatively new dog breed, prices for puppies vary.

As both the Shetland Sheepdog as well as the Miniature Pinscher are in constant demand and can be seen as popular dog breeds, you’ll have to invest around $1000 to $1,500 for a Sheltie Pin pup.

How to Find Reputable Sheltie Pin Breeders?

What distinguishes Sheltie Pin breeders from other dog breeders is that they can’t be found as easily since they’re a rarer hybrid.

The good thing about this, though, is that you shouldn’t have as much trouble trying to distinguish reputable breeders from non-reputable breeders.

Have a good look at both the information on the Sheltie Pin itself as well as the possible breeder to make sure that you’re making a wise choice.

As long as you have the right information, you can ask breeders questions and sense when you’re being lied to.

When possible, always take the chance to meet parenting dogs as well.

Once you know that they’re healthy and being treated well, you should be able to trust the breeder to breed and look after your pup when he’s born.

3 Little-Known Facts about Sheltie Pin Puppies

  1. Even though this crossbreed can be seen as a rather small dog, it shouldn’t be kept in apartments due to its high activity and energy levels. Puppies are especially energetic.
  2. The Sheltie Pin may be considered a clever and intelligent hybrid, but his training can, however, be challenging and makes him more of an option for experienced owners rather than first-time dog owners.
  3. Normally, Sheltie Pins inherit their coat from the Miniature Pinscher and their body from the Shetland Sheepdog, but because the Sheltie Pin is a relatively new hybrid, there isn’t an officially established set of traits.

Physical Traits of the Sheltie Pin

Sheltie Pin laying on beach
The Sheltie Pin needs to spend time with his owner to maintain his mental health.

Usually, the Sheltie Pin turns out a bit larger than the Miniature Pinscher and a little smaller than the Shetland Sheepdog and can be classified as a small to medium-sized dog.

While their shape resembles one of the Sheltie Pin more, they tend to inherit the Miniature Pinscher’s coat of fur.

Since the Shetland Sheepdog is a dog breed that has a lot of variety in both color and size, you can find the Sheltie Pin in various colors too.

Most commonly though, his coat appears in brown, black, red and white colors.

Due to its short hair and thinner coat, the Sheltie Pin doesn’t shed that much. In the summer, they may shed a little bit, but you easily brush it off.

Generally, this is a low maintenance hybrid that only needs both brushing and bathing a few times a month in the summer and once a month in the winter.

How Big is a Full-Grown Sheltie Pin?

Because the Sheltie Pin has only been bred since the beginning of the century, information on size and weight still varies.

Usually, though, the Sheltie Pin grows around 13 to 16 inches in height and 15 to 25 pounds in weight. Also, females tend to share both size and weight with males.

Be aware that even though the Sheltie Pin looks rather small, he needs a lot of movement during the day and does not take well to living in apartments.

If you do find yourself living in a small apartment or home you will need to make sure that your Sheltie Pin gets out a lot.

What is the Life Expectancy of the Sheltie Pin?

While the Shetland Sheepdog has an average lifespan of 12 to 13 years, the Miniature Pinscher is a dog breed that can get up to 15 years old.

The Sheltie pin is expected to have a similar life expectancy of around 12 to 15 years.

Even though he can be a good companion during that lifespan, he isn’t a good option for families with young children as his playful character mixed with his energetic nature might unintentionally harm them.

In general, they tend to handle older children better unless they grow up with young children from the start.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Sheltie Pin

Sheltie Pin sitting on couch
The Sheltie Pin has a very spirited and lively behavior.

The Sheltie Pin is an intelligent and clever kind of hybrid. You need to make use of that by training and socializing him early as he tends to develop undesirable behavior otherwise.

Training him can, however, be a challenge due to his naturally independent character.

Therefore, the Sheltie Pin needs an experienced owner who knows how to approach willful dogs like him. Inexperienced owners are likely to be unable to cope with his energetic character.

For best results, it’s advisable to train him playfully as he is more receptive when playing which is something that he’s always ready to do.

If the Shetland Sheepdog influences the Sheltie Pin, then your dog is going to be a very affectionate and easy-going dog that will love to keep you and your family company.

In a large family, there’ll always be someone who has time to spend with the Sheltie Pin and vice versa.

Overall, the Sheltie Pin can be full of spirit but is very loving at the same time.

He’s a companion dog who wants to satisfy his own needs just as much as he wants to please his owner and once you adapt your lifestyle to his, he’ll become easily attached to you.

The Sheltie Pin’s Diet

Even though the Sheltie Pin needs a great deal of exercise, his small size means that he only needs 1 to 1.5 cups of food a day.

He’s most satisfied when he’s being fed two times a day, once in the morning and once in the evening.

On days where he’s been more active than usual, it’s best to increase his food by an extra half cup.

How Much Exercise Does a Sheltie Pin Need?

For a rather small-sized dog, the Sheltie Pin is highly active and energetic. He wants to be walked for about an hour every day and around 10 miles per week.

His exercise doesn’t only have to be outdoor walks, however. He also enjoys running around indoors and can get plenty of exercise playing a game of fetch in the hallway.

In case the Shetland Sheepdog’s genes dominate you have to be prepared to expect an even higher need for exercise in your Sheltie Pin as they used to herd sheep and need to be outside for the majority of the day.

Sheltie Pin Health and Conditions

Even though the Sheltie Pin is generally very healthy, like any other dog breed, health issues can affect him too. What causes him the most trouble are genetic and muscular diseases.

There is also the possibility that your Sheltie Pin may begin to lose his hearing starting when he is middle-aged.

You can, however, prevent this kind of disease from happening by taking him to the vet frequently and checking his condition regularly.

Final Thoughts on the Sheltie PinSheltie Pin guide

The Sheltie Pin is an energetic dog looking for an equally active owner.

You don’t have to be an incredibly energetic person yourself to become a Sheltie Pin owner, but you have to understand and accept that by nature, he is a very playful dog.

As much as he loves adventure though, he needs to spend time with his owner to maintain his mental health.

If you give him good exercise and take a couple of minutes to play with him throughout the day, he’ll easily attach his loyal soul to yours and keep you company for his entire life.

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