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Dog Weathervane – Shetland Sheepdog, Trotting

Sheltie Weather Vane, Trotting


For the Shetland Sheepdog Weathervane featured here our customer requested optional gold leafing to match the markings of their dog. Our dogs also have glass eyes in the color of your choice, and or skilled artisans can vary the texture of the dog’s coat depending on whether it is a show dog or a field dog.

We can also add an optional collar and tag inscribed with your dog’s name. If you provide photographs of of your Sheltiy, we can use them to turn personalize the weathervane into a portrait piece. The markings can even vary on each side of the sculpture piece! We were fortunate to recently receive a winter photo of a Sheltie weather vane we made for a customer in Colorado. We love how the copper has patina’d a deep chocolate brown color while the gold has retained its light golden color.

All of our dog weather vanes can be made with an optional collar. And we can actually inscribe your dog’s name on the collar and/or we can add an inscribed tag in the shape of a dog bone, a heart or a circle. Using a combination of these options, we can incorporate up to three dog’s names on your weather vane! We do this by putting one dog’s name on one side of the collar, another dog’s name on the opposite side of the collar and a third name on the dog tag. The collar and/or tag can be optionally gold leafed as well.

Originally bred to be small sheep dogs ideally suited for the terrain of the Shetland Islands, Shelties are similar to a rough collie in miniature and have been crossed from time to time with the rough collie. The Shetland sheepdog is lively, intelligent, playful, trainable, and willing to please and obey. The herding instinct is strong in many Shelties. According to Dr. Stanley Coren, an expert on animal intelligence, the Shetland sheepdog is one of the brightest dogs, ranking 6th out of 132 breeds tested. His research found that an average Sheltie could understand a new command in less than 5 repetitions and would obey a command the first time it was given 95% of the time or better.