What Is the Difference Between a Sheltie and a Collie?

I remember taking care of a collie when I was a kid and the other day I saw a dog that I was sure was a collie but the owner said it was actually a sheltie. They looked like they were identical. What is the difference between the two?

A Sheltie or Shetland Sheepdog, is like a smaller version of a Collie, however, they are not "Miniature Collies" because both breeds are developed in a different way. Collies are from 22-26 inches and weigh 50 to 65 pounds,but the Sheltie are 13-16 inches are 14-27 pounds. As I said before, they are bred to do different things and different places. Shelties were bred to be small on the Shetland Islands so they can be cold-weather resistant. Collies, however, were bred in Scotland and England.

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  • Bean Bean

    While they may look alike, they are completely separate breeds. They were developed independant of each other.

    Collie:
    - 22-26 inches tall
    - 50-75lbs
    - Tend to be more laid back
    - 2 coat types (rough and smooth)

    Shetland Sheepdog (Sheltie)
    - 13-16 inches tall
    - 14-27lbs
    - 1 coat type (rough)
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  • •Poppy•

    Shelties are smaller, higher-energy, and quite a bit more vocal than Collies are, just for a few basic differences.
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  • April

    A Sheltie or Shetland Sheepdog, is like a smaller version of a Collie, however, they are not "Miniature Collies" because both breeds are developed in a different way. Collies are from 22-26 inches and weigh 50 to 65 pounds,but the Sheltie are 13-16 inches are 14-27 pounds. As I said before, they are bred to do different things and different places. Shelties were bred to be small on the Shetland Islands so they can be cold-weather resistant. Collies, however, were bred in Scotland and England.
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  • ladystang

    size mainly
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