Shelties have profuse long, dense coats that consist of a harsher top coat and a much softer and thicker undercoat. The hair around their neck is thicker forming a charming mane. As such, they are high maintenance in the grooming department and ideally, their coats need to be brushed every single day to prevent any matts or tangles from forming.
They are heavy shedders and shed even more during the Spring and then again in the Autumn when more frequent grooming is typically necessary to keep on top of things and to remove dead and loose hair. Shelties also need to be taken to be professionally groomed several times a year which makes keeping their coats tidy and in good condition that much easier between visits to a grooming parlour.
It’s also important to check a dog’s ears on a regular basis and to clean them when necessary. If too much wax builds up in a dog’s ears, it can lead to a painful infection which can be hard to clear up. In short, prevention is often easier than cure when it comes to ear infections.