Hi, I've been lurking here for a while now, and this, combined with extensive research has me wondering if we should consider a sheltie. Let's be honest, I'm already considering a sheltie, but I'm wondering if I should consider a particular sheltie. We have a small, 2 year old, Rough Collie. She is often mistaken for a large Sheltie. She is a wonderful dog, and lives up to what we expect from a Collie--she's loving, intelligent, happy, active, and the sweetest dog ever. She gets along with every dog and person we've ever met. She travels well. She adores our 3 kids (girls ages 11 and 9, boy age 3). My 11 year old has her in 4-H and they do very well together. The dog's biggest flaws are she doesn't like to sit-stay and she has a slow recall. But really, that's a training flaw, not a dog flaw. She might be a little barky, but we make sure we don't let her carry on. Its part of the breed. So, knowing how wonderful our collie is, we want a dog that is similar to her--with a few exceptions. We think we want a male sheltie. We don't want a female dominance issue. That and male dogs in general are more likely to bond with the female leader of the household (Our collie absolutely adores my husband. She's sweet and obedient for me, but when he walks in from work, her day is made). We want a sheltie because they are somewhat similar to a collie. We understand the grooming needs, and there are a lot of similarities in temperaments. We also want a dog that is smaller than our little collie, hence the natural gravitation to the sheltie. We know we want a younger dog or a puppy. So, I've found a 7 month old male sheltie that is being rehomed due to the owner's medical issues. I hesitate to contact the owner because I don't want to bring in a dog that isn't going to fit well with my family. Am I off in what I think will be a good fit for us? Is a sheltie the best option for our family's second dog.