Oh, it could be the new look that is coming for the breed. <shudder>
My first Sheltie had all kinds of conformation faults, just in his head alone. But still a handsome devil.
My girl is much closer to the show ring ideal, but she's a tad too tall, her nose is a bit too long and her ear set is not correct. But she isn't too far off the mark. Nothing to make a conformation breeder sneer "that's no sheltie" the way at least one did when she saw my male.
I know what you mean. Dreamer has always been complimented on what a beautiful dog he is, but he's too large. He doesn't have the "stop" that is preferred in Shelties, but comes out of some top "show" dogs (further down the line). I just have such issues with the show ring, so I don't really care what they think. They're ruining this breed. Sadly, he lacks any motivation for anything. The first picture is a good stance picture of him, but poor quality due to it taken with my old camera, and he was younger, so his coat wasn't as thick. The 2nd picture shows his coat a little better.
Rain is large, but has nice ears, the "stop", and appears to have good working drive, but she hasn't been tried on any stock. She, also, has what they call a "gay" tail.
Presley is within size, has the "stop", but has erect ears, and her gait isn't quite as smooth as it should be. She came from working dogs off of a farm, which is what I'd prefer to see. Not sure what happened on the coloring in the 2nd picture...it came out brighter for some reason.
Thanks, Liz, it is good to hear from someone who knows.
Hey, Sue, are you saying the rest of us have no clue?
I'm just kidding. It is
nice to hear from others that have more information. That's how we all learn. I love researching the breeds (Shelties and BCs) history, so I really enjoy reading other comments as well as contributing.
I just read that and had to tease you. Sorry!
BTW, I just wanted to apologize to the OP. I didn't mean to hijack the thread by bringing in the Shelties. I think it does relate though when talking about what the breeders are doing to other breeds (like the Sheltie, the Aussies, etc.). At least we're staying with the "herding" breeds!