What is the difference between a Collie and a Shetland Sheepdog?

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Briana: What is the difference between a Shetland Sheepdog and a Collie?

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Answer by allycmw
They are two completely different breeds. Yes, the Sheltie looks like a small Collie, but they are different. You can read up on the breed standards here: http://www.akc.org

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  1. SC says

    While many people confuse the sheltie for a small collie they are actually nothing alike. They used to be more similar in appearance but now that the collie face ideal has changed it's easy to see a clear difference between a collie and sheltie. The collie face has no 'stop' which means the top of the nose should flow smoothly into the top of the head. The sheltie should have a distinct 'stop' which means the nose should come into the face lower down – it makes a big difference in appearance. Also, shelties are much more high energy than a collie. They're also more vocal.

    If you look at the cca's logo in the upper left corner you can see the ideal collie head with the plane of the head and nose all on the same line http://www.collieclubofamerica.org/index.html

    In this photo you can see that the head structure of the sheltie is not at all like the collie http://ravenwyn.com/
    You can see the nose and head are on two different (but parallel) planes.

  2. showdogsblue says

    A Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, is not a mini Collie. They are two completely separate breeds with different standards for structure. A Collie's head, for example is longer and more narrow. The head is of upmost importance for the Collie in regards to Conformation. Collies can be separated into 2 varieties based on Coat type: Rough (the "Classic Lassie-type") and the less common Smooth Collie. Roughs can give birth to Smooths and vice versa. In conformation, Roughs and Smooths are judged under the same standard, Smooths must have "a short, hard, dense, flat coat" (source: AKC). Collies can come in 4 recognized colors: Sable and White, Tri-Color, Blue Merle, and White. There is no preference regarding color. Collies originated supposedly from Scotland as a farm dog. Shelties were bred down from collies. Border Collies and other small, intelligent breeds helped get the size and structure we see today. The breed traces back to the Shetland islands. The head is a little different in that it resembles a blunt wedge. The coat resembles that of a Rough collie. It is so dense that top coat should stand off of the body. Shelties come in 3 main colors: Black, Blue Merles, and Sables. They can be marked with varying amounts (or no traces) of white and/or tan.

    Hope this helps!

  3. iBePWNIN ~Chiisai Oo says

    Rough Collies are the larger of the two. There are also Smooth Collies, but they do not resemble Shelties as much because of their short fur.

    Information on thee two breeds here:

    '' The average height of a Sheltie according to the KC Standard is between 13 – 16 inches'' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shetland_Sheepdog

    Rough Collie
    ''male collies can stand 55.8 to 66 cm (22 to 26 in) at the shoulder; the Female averages 5 cm (2 in) shorter. The male can weigh (45 – 100 lbs) and the female can weigh the same or more than a male. A Collies average weight is about 50-60lbs. Large breed rough collies from the U.S. can weigh in excess of 100lbs. '' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rough_Collie

  4. Lena says

    While they resemble a rough Collie in miniature, they are not a true miniature Collie, as there are many differences in appearance. The shelties' true "Parent Breed" is the Border Collie.

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