I’ve decided to finish the Sailor Senshi Paper Kimono series that I started last year. At the moment, I’m tackling the outer senshi. Look forward to Setsuna, Michiru, Chibiusa and Mamoru in a future post!
A sheltie is one of my favorite patients right now. He’s such a little prince, even though his senior years have left him a bit scruffy looking.
They’re not bad overall as a breed, IF you can meet the grooming requirements of that floofy coat. They will get seriously matted if not groomed properly, with deep mats even if the outer coat looks good.
Their teeth are not great. Not as bad as some breeds, and a few individuals get lucky and have alright teeth, but they benefit from early preventative care.
They are an uncommon breed, I suspect largely due to the grooming requirements, but in my experience have been fairly sturdy and long lived. They do get eye abnormalities, but many breed clubs have screening procedures in place to try to eradicate it. In any case, a dog can be blind and still enjoy a good quality of life if there’s squeakers in its toys and you don’t install a swimming pool.
I haven’t noticed any one particular issue this breed consistently suffers from, they only seem to get the standard mix that any dog can get. Paten ductus arteriosis and von willebrands (clotting disorder) are recorded as problems in this breed, but I’m yet to encounter them.
So from a veterinary perspective I don’t think they’re too bad, so long as you can keep up the maintenance.