Central New York Shetland Sheepdog Club, Inc.

  • Coat Color & Basic Info
    Shelties have two base colors of black OR sable. When breeding shelties different
genes affect these base colors to produce a great variety of interesting sheltie
colors. Below are examples of different sheltie coat colors. Often misunderstood are the white markings on shelties. The white markings found on collar/neck area, legs, tail tips, face, belly etc do not have any bearing on whether a sheltie is of good quality or show quality etc. Tan markings can also be found on the face, legs, inside ears, under tails etc. andagain have no bearing on whether the sheltie is of show quality or not. Shelties have double coats consisting of a thick undercoat and harsh outer coat. Shelties will shed their undercoat once each year but will shed small amounts of hair
throughout the year. Regular grooming is important to keeping your sheltie's coat in
good condition. Usually a good deep brushing of all the hair once per week will keep
your sheltie looking his/her best. A good pin brush, slicker brush, nail clippers, and
spray bottle with water or water and light conditioner mix are recommended. Remember to keep your shelties teeth clean with regular brushing and/or tooth
scaling when needed. Clean teeth are very important to your dogs health and will
help keep your dogs breath fresher as well. Shelties are energetic dogs who form a close bond to their family/owner and have a
great desire to please. They are easily trainable and need moderate to high amounts
of exercise each day. Shelties like to "talk" and will also bark to protect their home
when strangers approach but should not act aggressive with them. Shelties are
generally very good around other animals and children when raised with them. When
choosing a sheltie for pet it's really not necessary to be gender specific. Its more
important to find the right sheltie that fits in with your family. Each sheltie has his/her
own personality. Both neutered male and spayed female shelties make great pets.
  • Sable
    A brown color that is very common, most people think of these as the real 'miniature collie', in part thanks to Rudd Weatherwax and Lassie. There are many variations of the color from an earthy brown, to a rusty red. All fall under the category of Sable though. Within sable coloring you have Pure For Sable. Pure For Sable will produce a sable colored dog no matter what you breed it to since Sable Coloring is a dominant trait in shelties.
    Shaded Sable is the result of a sable dog being bred to a black dog, usually a tri-color
    Sable Merle is the result of breeding a sable dog to a blue dog, this color pattern is acceptable in the AKC show ring so long as the dog has brown eyes.
  • Black
    Black is another common color. The body of the dog is black, there are several variations of this color pattern. Tri-Color, this is a black dog with tan points, this color dog can be bred to any color dog without any negative color based consequences.
    The other common black color variation is the Bi-Black. Bi-Black does not have any tan points. Bi-Blacks can be bred to any color dog without any color based consequences.
  • Blue
    Blue is the final common color pattern of Shelties and comes in several varieties. Blue Merle, like the tri-color has tan points. This color can have blue eyes, brown eyes, or merle eyes(partly blue, partly brown).
    Bi-Blue is a blue dog with no tan points on it.
    Double-Merle or homozygous merle. This is the result of a breeding between a blue and another blue. Generally not advised except by the most experience breeders. The result is a dog that will guarantee you merles when you breed it. Some breeders will breed one of these dogs for a breeding program. This dog can not be shown and is likely to be deaf or blind or both but it is not certain.
  • White
    Collar-Headed-White are dogs that have fully white, or majority of their body being white with the head carrying normal colors. This color generally results from the breeding between a breeding of a white factored dog to a white factored dog. Some breeders are pushing to change the standard to allow for CHW dogs since they are structurally identical to the other colors and has no known negative effects of being heavily white.

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