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.