Hey everyone, Im a 19 year old college student looking into getting a sheltie. The last couple months ive been reading anything and everything about shelties i could find online and im really enamored with the breed. I love the idea of a versatile dog that i can go on outdoor adventures with but that is also down to curl up beside me on the couch when i feel like staying in (I realize they are a high energy dog and i am pretty active myself so exercise shouldnt be a problem). Recently my dad passed away due to cancer and while it may seem like it's an impulse buy, I've given it a lot of thought and I'm sure I'm ready for the commitment. My dad and I were always really close and with his passing, I'm in the market for a new best friend. I've got a house with a yard lined up that I'll be moving into with my sister (also a college student) in the summer. She has a really sweet Airedale terrier/golden retriever mix. Anyways before I go all in and add a puppy to my family I had a couple questions I thought I'd take up with the experts: 1. What gender would you recommend I get? I've seen mixed reviews everywhere I've looked on the subject. 2. Do you think a sheltie would be right for the lifestyle of a college student?(my sister and I will be able to help each other out so I doubt either of our dogs would have to be alone for too long). 3. What type of things should i look for when picking out my puppy from a breeder? 4. And finally, in general what are your favorite aspects of the sheltie that have endeared you to the breed? Thanks in advance.