Amatras Shetland Sheepdogs  are breeders dedicated to focusing on longevity, health, temperament, structure, brains and beauty. Shelties are added to the program with these qualities only and bred only to improve each trait through each successive generation.


Companion and conformation (show) shelties are guaranteed against genetic defects that render them unsuitable as a family companion for one year with a full money-back guarantee.

(Beyond one year of age, a five year guarantee is extended with offer of a replacement puppy.)

Amatras Shetland Sheepdogs work purposefully with Sheltie breeders that perpetuate longevity & health in their lineage.

The family lineages you find throughout this website represent some of the finest lineages that have been offered to us and to the Shetland Sheepdog breed.

Thus, our goal is to perpetuate the quality already established and continually strive for the betterment of the breed.  


About Breeding Menu [Inactive at this time.]

  • Breeding the Shetland sheepdog.
  • Notes From The Breeder to fellow fanciers and perspectives on breeding the Shetland sheepdog.
  • otes To The Buyer to address concerns and considerations about buying a Shetland sheepdog.
  • Examine the AKC Sheltie Standard and accompanying notes to learn what is considered correct type among breed enthusiasts.
  • A Sheltie Evaluation Guide to help you determine which puppy among your litters are the most promising.


Sheltie Colors Menu [Inactive at this time.]

  • Learn the basic principles of Color Inheritances.
  • Examples of sheltie colors.
  • Information about white shelties.


Genetic Defects Menu

  • See a complete list of genetic defects known to the Shetland sheepdog breed.
    • Behavioral Disorders:
    • Blood Disorders:
    • Cardiovascular Disorders:
    • Dentition Disorders:
    • Endocrine Disorders
    • Eye (Ocular) Disorders:
    • Gastrointestinal Disorders:
    • Immunological Disorders:
    • Nervous System Disorders:
    • Puppy Disorders:
    • Reproductive/Urinary Disorders:
    • Respiratory Disorders:
    • Skeletal Disorders:
    • Skin Defects:


About Genetics Menu [Inactive at this time.]

  • Learn the basic principles behind genetics.
  • Review modes of inheritance.
  • A brief thought is presented regarding nature vs. Nurture.


Primers Menu [Inactive at this time.]

  • If it's been awhile since you owned a puppy, you may find the Puppy Primer, packed with puppy tips, most helpful. A new 100-pg *.pdf version will be available for download soon!
  • If you are new to shelties, you may also find the brief, online Sheltie Primer helpful, as well.
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