My name is Fergus!

Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog Dog for adoption in Charlottesville, Virginia - Fergus
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Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue

Facts about Fergus

  • Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog
  • Color: Brown/Chocolate - With White
  • Age: Young
  • Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg)
  • Sex: Male
This fine young fellow with the noble Scottish name is a fun-loving guy who loves the company of other fun-loving dogs. Fergus is a big, friendly boy with lots of energy. He is crazy for balls, great at "fetch," and polite if another dog gets the ball first. He also loves other toys, but they'd better be tough ones - he can destroy a soft toy in minutes, but he'll treasure a tough one. He loves a good session of tug o' war, too. He's really good at emptying out the toy basket, but he hasn't yet learned to put the toys back. However, Fergus has several other tricks he loves to demonstrate. "Shake" is down pat, and he's working on "high five."

"Fergie" came to us from a family where he was the only dog, and that didn't work well for him. He needs to be one of a pack with one or two other dogs about his age. In his foster home, he wants to be right in the action, that is, where the dogs and people are. He's affectionate and cuddly, looking for a lap to sit in, especially if that lap is down on the floor at his level.

Fergus is overweight, and his adopter must stick to his diet so he can get down to his ideal weight. He's very agile and a fast runner, and he'll be even more so after he loses about seven more pounds. Long walks are important for that, and fast runs in a large fenced yard are essential. He also needs a good obedience class and plenty of practice on those lessons. Fergus is smart and attentive, and a class will help polish his manners. For example, he may lunge at other dogs or try to chase a bicycle while out walking, and he needs to learn to accept such stimuli. Fergus has also "gotten away with" some unacceptable habits, like stealing a sock and then starting to eat it, or picking up a tissue or piece of paper and playing "keep away." Consistency and management on the part of his adopter will help Fergus be a good boy all the time - and he does try.

An active home with someone around most of the time is ideal for Fergus, and we'll give such an adopter first consideration. Sorry, no children. He needs the company of one or two other young playful dogs, and he needs consistency to reinforce his manners. His housetraining is absolutely reliable, and he goes into his crate willingly. He's also a very good car traveler in a crate. In summary, Fergus is a very nice youngster who needs a little polishing and some weight loss. Along the way, he'll make sure you have a lot of fun, too.

Fergus is ... 18 months old, 18 inches tall, and weighs 35 pounds. His adoption fee is $350. Before you ask about Fergus, please read "How to Adopt" on our website: It will answer your questions about our process and expectations.

About Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue

About Our Rescue Group...

Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue is a non-profit 501(c)(3), all volunteer organization established to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome Shelties. Most of these Shelties have been relinquished to NVSR by owners unable to keep them. Others are found in shelters because they are strays or have been abandoned. All our Shelties are fostered in NVSR volunteers' homes (we do not have a shelter), and any medical needs are addressed promptly and fully, including spay or neuter. They are then eligible to be adopted to carefully chosen homes, where they will be loved, well cared for, and protected. For the remainder of the adopted dogs' lives, NVSR stays in touch with the adoptive families. NVSR is a non-profit organization funded solely by donations.

Our Adoption Process...

Potential adopters need to complete an adoption application which is available on our website at or can be obtained by calling our phone number. The application is essential for NVSR to find the right Sheltie for a particular family and lifestyle. After the initial application is completed and reviewed, and a home visit is completed, NVSR will contact the potential adopter about Shelties that might be currently available which fit their profile.