Our Web Store
Alaskan Malamute Picture Gallery
Latest Dog Blogs
- Common Foods That Are Toxic To Dogs
- Why Are There So Many Pet Food Recalls?
- 3 Tips on Using a Dog Treat Ball to Keep Your Dog From Boredom
- Are Wolves or Foxes Ancestors of Today's Companion?
- Seizures In Dogs: The 5 Most Important Natural Remedies
- A Nation Of Dog Lovers? I Think Not
- Can Dogs Catch Colds From Humans?
- Dogs And Cats Get On Great ... Until Bed Time
- Dogs and Fireworks!
- Guilty Dogs!
The Differences Between a Collie and Sheltie
Shelties are known as Shetland Sheepdogs when referring to their breed name. They are oftentimes confused with a Collie, and sometimes even called "miniature collies." However, for those who are unfamiliar with the two dogs, a Collie and Sheltie are two very distinct breeds. They do look alike, but the differences between the two are quite vast.
As a breed, a Sheltie is a bit smaller in size than a Collie. Weighing in at 15-25 pounds, in comparison to a full-grown Collie which in adulthood weighs 40-70 pounds and can stand up to 25 inches in height.
Coat of a Sheltie:
Although a Sheltie appears very much like a smaller version of a rough-coated Collie, a Sheltie coat does not come in the same two colored variations as a Collie. Additionally, a rough-coated Collie, which looks very much like a Sheltie, also has a cousin, a smooth-coated Collie with a coat of hair that measures 1-inch in length.
History of a Sheltie:
Collies first came into existence around the 17th century in Scotland and were used as sheep herders. It was their responsibility to keep a herd of sheep together. Shelties, however, were developed in the Shetland Islands during the 1800's, and while they were used for herding purposes, their task was very different. Shelties were used on the farm to prevent sheep from entering vegetable fields to graze. The reason that they appear so similar to a Collie is because it was one of the breeds that went into creating the Shetland Sheepdog.
Personality of a Sheltie:
Collies are a breed of dog that have a regal quality and refined demeanor. They are a calm breed, particularly indoors, and might appear to be somewhat aloof in the presence of strangers. In contrast, a Sheltie is quite lively and energetic. They have a sense of clownishness that a Collie simply does not. They are by very nature, much more active than a Collie and not as wary of strangers.
Shelties are also highly intelligent and make a great companion for children, being very patient and sweet natured. They are also very easy to train, though if you are looking for a less active companion- type of dog, a Collie may be better suited.
A Sheltie might seem more content for apartment life than a Collie, just because of the size difference, but this is not always the case. Though Shelties are smaller, they are more active and need more activity and exercise than a Collie, who is content with a daily walk to meet their exercise requirements.
Email to Friend
Fill in the form below to send this breed article to a friend:
Latest Dog Pods
- Tips on How to Stop Your Dog from Biting
- Beware - Not All Advertised Dog Rescues Really Are! How Can You Know The Truth?
- Helpful Tips For Dog Obedience Problems
- How to Keep Dogs From Eating Poop
- Dog Grooming Tips - A General Overview of the Very Basics of Dog Grooming
- Recognising Different Types of Dog Obedience Problems
- 5 Important Tips On Feeding A Puppy
The Poop Scoop News Feed
- Three deer die after being attacked by two dogs in a school in early morning hours - Washington Post
- Every Dog Has Its Data - New York Times (blog)
- Santa Paula police seize 16 dogs, suspect they were being trained for dog fighting - Ventura County Star
- Watch Dogs closed beta appears and disappears from Xbox One, gamers report - Polygon
- Dogs vs. Cats: Your Best Arguments - Lifehacker