Shetland Sheepdogs are more commonly refferred to as Shelties.
They’re a relatively small breed that won’t grow to a height more than 16 inches and weigh more than 25 pounds.
Shetland Sheepdogs are ranked as the 25th most popular dog breed in the USA, according to the American Kennel Club.
Shelties can often be confused for a smaller sized Rough Coated Collies.
Hailing from the rocky Shetland Islands, the United Kingdom’s northernmost point, Shelties were used to herd sheep, ponies, and poultry.
The Shetland Sheepdog has over 1.5 million posts on the photo-sharing app.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at 20 Shetland Sheepdogs to follow on Instagram.
If you’ve got a Shetland Sheepdog that you’d like to feature on helloBARK!, drop us a message on Instagram.
20) Airin (@sheltie_airin) – 1,657 followers
Meet Airin (@sheltie_airin), a five-year old Shetland Sheepdog living in the Czech Republic. Airin is great at agility, loves to learn new tricks and enjoys travelling. This charming little customer has over 1,600 followers on Instagram.
19) Dexter (@sheltiedexter) – 2,527 followers
Dexter (@sheltiedexter) is a Shetland Sheepdog living in Middletown, New Jersey. This five-year old Sheltie enjoys life one treat at a time. Now that’s a motto that all dogs should live by. Dexter has an adorable Alaskan Klee Kai friend called Luna that looks just like our Klee Kai, Copper.
18) Blue (@blue.the.sheltie) – 3,927 followers
It’s not hard to figure out why this Shetland Sheepdog got the name Blue (@blue.the.sheltie). He’s got beautiful eyes that are a striking combination of blue and brown. Blue’s coat is a combination of black, brown, gray and white. Living in North Norway, this Sheltie has nearly 4,000 followers.
17) Tod (@todthesheltie) – 4,387 followers
Proving that Shetland Sheepdogs are popular in nordic countries, we’ve got Tod (@todthesheltie) up next. Tod is living in Sweden with his pawrent. With a lush auburn coat, Tod is a fine example of a Sheltie who loves to explore Sweden’s rugged landscape.
16) Kaylee Garrick (@hobbitpaws) – 4,995 followers
You’ll get your Shetland Sheepdog fix on this account! Kaylee (@hobbitpaws) is dog mom to seven Shetland Sheepdogs (Fenton, Thiago, Gimli, Mercy, Murphy and Jara) and an Alaskan Klee Kai called Ghost. Her impressive dog pack love to post for themed photos that are sure to put a smile on your face. If you like Peaky Blinders, Games of Thrones or Lord Of The Rings, you’ll want to check out their photos. Oh – they live on the Shetland Islands too!
15) Barney (@sheltie_barney) – 6,944 followers
Barney (@sheltie_barney) is a four-year old Sheltie living in Germany. This Shetland Sheepdog has nearly 7,000 followers. He works as a therapy dog at school. When he’s not working as a therapy dog, Barney is the perfect dog model.
14) Hugo and Ask (@sheltieadventures) – 6,500 followers
We’re back in Norway to meet Hugo and Ask (@sheltieadventures). They’re living their best lives in the fjords and mountains of this Nordic country. These two Shetland Sheepdogs love to explore the world.
13) New and Nami (@new.nami) – 7,208 followers
New and Nami (@new.nami) are another Shetland Sheepdog duo living in Luxembourg. New came from a Danish breeder, while Nami was bred in Spain. These two love to pose for photos, take part in agility and going to school.
12) Pepp (@powerpeppsheltie) – 9,100 followers
Pepp (@powerpeppsheltie) is a blue merle Shetland Sheepdog based in Germany. This four-year old Sheltie has a beautiful coat that will leave you mesmerized. Pepp’s account is awash with gorgeous photos of this blue merle Sheltie. They’ve nearly got 10,000 followers.
11) Bolt and McFly (@sheltie.adventures) – 10,500 followers
We’ve spent a lot of time in Europe but now we’re heading to Canada. Bolt and McFly (@sheltie.adventures) love to go on adventures in this vast country. Described as two Canadian beauties, they love to agility and training.
10) Emmi (@shetlieemmi) – 10,700 followers
Back to Germany to meet Emmi (@shetlieemmi). She’s based in Hamburg but loves to explore this European hub. Her mum Jana explains that Emmi was a Christmas dog. Her big personality and beautiful photos have earned this Sheltie a following of over 10,700.
9) Chili (@sheltieandpicard) – 11,500 followers
We’ve got Chili (@sheltieandpicard) up next on our list. Chili has two sibling for company. Amber was a Epagnuel Picard and Sirus is a Berger Picard. You can check out photos of their exploits on their Instagram page.
8) Yuma (@sheltie_yuma) – 13,400 followers
Yet another German-based Sheltie takes the number eight spot on this list. Yuma (@sheltie_yuma) is a tricolor Shetland Sheepdog who can be found posing amongst an array of different wild flowers in the German countryside. Yuma has a four-legged equine companion called Lucky.
7) Yoda, Jaime and Irmo (@sheltie.liebe) – 15,100 followers
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[19.03.2020 – 1390] Ich liebe den Frühling. Endlich wieder Wärme, Sonne, Hoffnung, Licht und gute Laune. Das gute Wetter lässt mich die aktuelle Krise ziemlich gut ausblenden und ich bin einfach glücklich wenn ich mit meinen Hunden draußen sein kann. (Und ich meine draußen in der Pampa und nicht unter Menschen, da will ich sowieso nie sein 😅) Gestern war auch wieder so ein schöner Tag und am Abend hat mich sogar tatsächlich die Fotolust gepackt und ich habe die Kamera mitgenommen und einfach mal geschaut was passiert. Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit den Ergebnissen. ❤️ – #sheltie #shetlandsheepdog #sheltiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogphotography #sunset #sunsetphotography #hundefotografie #hundeblog #dogblog #lebenmithund #liebe #potd
It’s time to meet Yoda, Jaime and Irmo (@sheltie.liebe). Their profile has a fun description of these three Shelties that we’ve translated from German: From life with a Jedi master, a domesticated woolly creature and a growing pirate. This trio of Shetland Sheepdogs have over 15,000 followers.
6) Bobby (@thebobster_sheltie) – 18,900 followers
Bobby (@thebobster_sheltie) is also know as the travelling Sheltie. We’ve left Germany but we’ve only gone as far as Vienna. This Austrian-based Sheltie likes to travel the world, proudly declaring that he’s peed in Austria, Canada, Hungary, Croatia, Italy Poland and Czech Republic. That’s quite a CV!
5) Denise (@photopassionnet) – 20,000 followers
Next up we’ve got an award-winning Swiss photographer called Denise (@photopassionnet). She won the Kennel Club’s photo of the year in 2019. When she’s not photographing dogs around Europe (including helloBARK!’s Alaskan Klee Kai Copper and Skye), Denise likes to photograph her Sheltie called Sunnie.
4) Haven and Skte (@sheltielife) – 21,500 followers
Haven and Skye (@sheltielife) are the stars of this Instagram account. This profile focuses on a story of a girl and her two Shelties getting lost in the northern wilderness. Skye is dubbed the blueberry and Haven is nicknamed the blackbird.
3) Sokka and Lulu (@sheltiesandwich) – 25,100 followers
We’ve got the cutest Sheltie BFFs up next. Meet Sokka and Lulu (@sheltiesandwich)! They’re a boy and girl duo living in the Netherlands. If you’re looking for your daily dose of adorable, you’ll get your fill on this account.
2) Jenny (@jennycarlsso) – 52,100 followers
If you’re a regular helloBARK! reader, you may recognise this account @jennycarlsso. We previously featured Jenny’s two Border Collies, Charlie and Chess. Now it’s time to shine the spotlight on her Sheltie called Lovis. You can see this Shetland Sheepdog explore Sweden with her two Border Collie siblings.
1) Luca (@lucathesheltie) – 67,600 followers
Last but by no means least, we’ve got Luca (@lucathesheltie). He’s a smiley Shetland Sheepdog based in Norway. Luca loves rain, snow or sun. It’s no surprise Luca has amassed such a big following give his fun and quirky photos.