Are there different types of Shelties?
A showcase of the five Sheltie colors: Sable, Tri Color, Blue Merle, Bi Blue, and Bi Black. We also look at white factoring and the rare Color Headed White. Shetland Sheepdogs are known for five official coat colors.
Is a Shetland Sheepdog a Collie?
Collies and shelties are both descendants of border collies, but they’re different dogs. Rough collies have a long, lustrous coat, while smooth collies have a much shorter coat. Shelties are formally called Shetland sheepdogs, and though they look like mini versions of rough collies, they’re their own distinct breed.
Are Shelties similar to Aussies?
The size difference alone is pretty distinct. Shelties can be as small as 15 lbs, while a small Australian Shepherd weighs at least 40 lbs. Both breeds have rough coats. The Sheltie has long hair, while the Aussie has a coat that’s medium in length.
What is a sable Sheltie?
Sable is a tan coloring overlaid with varying amounts of black. The entire guard hair may be black, or it may be black only at the tip. Some sable Shelties have relatively little black overlay. These can appear as gold or red sables, depending on the shade of tan.
How do you get a blue merle Sheltie?
Blue merle shelties are produced when one parent has the merle gene. The blue merle color pattern is not blue; the dog’s black pigment is diluted, making the hair appear silver or grey. The darker color usually appears as mottled spots on the dog’s coat. A blue merle sheltie will have some tan points in the coat.
What is the difference between a Border Collie and a Sheltie?
The Border Collie and the Sheltie look similar-ish, but they are easy to tell apart. The Shetland Sheepdog, just like Shetland Ponies, are teeny tiny. The Border Collie is a medium-sized dog, and the Sheltie is a small-sized dog. So small that often the Border will be twice the weight of the Sheltie.
Is my dog an Australian shepherd or Border Collie?
Border Collies are slightly lighter than Aussies. They are 18-21 inches (females) and 19-22 inches (males), weighing between 30 and 55 lbs. While Aussies always have a rough coat, Border Collies come in two varieties: rough coat and smooth coat.
Is my dog an Australian Shepherd or border collie?