Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog Information

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The Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog has a soft and dense outer coat, with long and wavy hair, with an inner coat serving as insulation. Coat colors consist of apricot, black brindle, black and tan,  black and white, liver, liver and white,  tan, and white.  The preferred eye color for the Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog is dark or smoky brown, but blue or green eyes are acceptable. The eyes should be lined with black. The lips are black as well, and should not droop. The bite is a scissors one – an under bite is a fault. The ears are pendant. The tail is long, sickle shaped and feathered, and carried high.  Corkscrew tails are considered a fault. The feet resemble cat's paws.

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The Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog are an outgoing breed. They are playful, curious, and extremely intelligent. Indeed, they are specially  bred for children with special needs. They love to be cuddled, and become highly attached to their owners, following their master from room to room. They should not be left alone all day. If humans aren't around they need another dog, or even a cat. However, non-canine pets such as hamsters and guinea pigs will not be safe around them.

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9-12 inches
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13-18 pounds
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General Health

This is a generally healthy breed. They can be afflicted occasionally with umbilical hernias - although this is not a serious problem. Well cared for, the Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog can live up to 15 years.

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The Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog, originally called the Shichon, is a breed that was developed especially for special needs children, beginning in the year 2000. The breed was developed from the Maltese, Bichon Frise, Shih‑Tzu, Yorkshire Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Schnauzer, Poodle, and the Havanese. The Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog Club of America is the only organization dedicated to the ethical development and establishment of the Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog, and is very strict with breeders to ensure that they will continue the lines as necessary for special needs children. The naming of the Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog can be confusing: in December of 2005 the decision was made to change the name from Shichon to the Chacy Ranior, and finally to the Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog. This was done to ensure that families would acquire the type of dog they needed.

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The Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog should be brushed at least twice a week, and every six weeks, the bridge of their nose and the corners of their eyes should be shaved. They shed little or no hair, and so are good for allergy sufferers. As far as grooming - there are two types of cuts. The coat is either left long, or it is shaped into a "modified lion cut." In this style the bottom of the neck to the jaw line is shaved, as is the entire body past the shoulders. Three quarters of the tail are shaved, leaving a tuft at the end. 

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Ideal Environment

The Miniature Littlefield Sheepdog is suitable for apartment life. As long as they are well-exercised – they love to go for walks – they will be relatively inactive indoors. They do well with a small yard in which to play.

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I rescued a Littlefield Sheepdog and she is not eating much what should I do?

Often times rescue dogs take awhile to adjust to their new surroundings. If you can get her to start playing with you in the house that will help her feel comfortable. I`m not sure what kind of food you feed her, but you can try getting some tasty canned food, treats and bones. Any of those should help increase her appetite.


I heard about the Littlefield Sheepdog from a woman named Monica in Annapolis who got a puppy from Dawn (CeCe) for her autistic son. I have a 12 year old son with CP and some other neurological issues and I’m looking for a companion for him. I have a beautiful home (also in Annapolis) and am having a fence put in later this week. What is the best way to get information about puppies soon to be ready for sale/release?

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