Originally Posted by white cat lover
I thought Dreamer was a Collie, so I looked again....nope....Sheltie.
Is she large for a Sheltie or what gives her the "Collie" look?
Dreamer is large for a Sheltie. He actually bypassed his parents, grandparents, and aunt in size. We had originally planned to show him, but he's 2" over standard. His hair makes him look that much larger. He actually comes from very good bloodlines, but not falling within "standard" is common with a Sheltie. Many people mistake Shelties for "Miniature Collies", but Shelties and Collies are 2 separate breeds; however, throughout history, the Pomeranian had been used to bring the size down, but when they started losing the "Collie" look, the Rough Coated Collie was introduced back into the bloodlines. It's clear with our two who came from the Pom type lines and who came from the Collie type, not just in looks, but in body type, and yappiness.
Up until Dreamer bypassed the size for standard, he was being looked at by an AKC judge and had terrific conformation. Personally, I prefer the larger Shelties. I love the small ones, but if I had to choose, I would choose the ones that are at the higher end of standard (16" at the withers). He's still an excellent boy, though. He has a fantastic temperament, excellent movement, etc. He is a certified therapy dog, so he's accustomed to going to nursing homes, as well. That's my boy!