Welcome to our little home on the web! Sympa Shelties is located in Michigan where we love, train, show, and breed Shetland Sheepdogs. Take a peek around and get to know us, we'd love to get to know you, too - so drop us a line! :)
The Basics :)
"Sympatheque" (or "Sympa" for short) means sweet or pleasant in French.
Our dogs are considered companions and family members first and foremost, competitors second.
We believe a sheltie should be of sound temperament, beautiful conformation, and have the ability to do what it was originally bred to do. We enjoy participating in therapy visits, obedience, agility and conformation with the dogs from our lines. The theory of "Total Dog" in the United Kennel Club is very important to us. We are also proud members of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Detroit and the United Shetland Sheepdog Association.
Our dogs are very active and loving shelties, which we believe a sheltie should be. According to TerrificPets.com, the Sheltie is 6th highest in intelligence out of over 130 breeds.
We do not breed often, but when we do, we breed for brains and temperament in mind first, then conformation. We feel that even the best looking sheltie according to the standard should not be flighty or aggressive, so that is why we put conformation second to temperament.
We believe the Shetland Sheepdog is a wonderful breed and should continue to prosper, therefore, we are completely against puppy mills and inexperienced breeders.
We also test our breeding dogs for eyes (CERF), hips (OFA), thyroid, vWD, and MDR-1 mutations.