I just saw this today as I'm sure many of you have. I thought it was interesting. Dog World: Time to split Sheltie breed, council says The KC wants to split the breed by making an "American Shetland Sheepdog" category. I'm wondering how the breeding/showing folks feel about it. IMHO, they have different standards, so I would think an American Sheltie may not win because they're not up to their "standards" while showing in their country. Me personally, I'd be okay with it because they do look very different and one shouldn't outweigh the other, should it? I did find this interesting; does anyone know if it's true? "They say also that the US type has hereditary diseases, the occurrence of which is very rare in those bred to the UK Standard, such as von Willebrand’s disease and familial dermatomyositis."