Ever since we first adopted Poppy, we have questioned her claim to being a full Sheltie. Our love for her is unconditional, no matter the breed, but we are curious as to why there are some subtle differences between her and other Shelties. She just turned 9 months and is in perfect condition. - 9 months - 11 pounds - 12 inches tall ( to the withers ) - Thin and slow growing coat - Pointed ears - Bare belly - Small appetite - Rarely barks ( without training ) Links below are to photos of Poppy. Please view! https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Z9BDTlAtCuI/WCScrIreQGI/AAAAAAAAaYA/NvA7YSfRaioFANZzfsOMFLh5e_bbHgzTQCKgB/s640/DSCN4575.JPG https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t3aSgafnkBY/WCScrPSPs4I/AAAAAAAAaYA/TBHiGF1o5E4CcwECYN9APp42zcln4LxFwCKgB/s640/DSCN4598.JPG We have speculated that she could have been the runt of her litter, and that may explain her slight stature. However, her thin coat ( at most 2.5 inches thick around the neck ) seems peculiar, along with other subtle characteristics such as pointed ears. Could this be caused by inbreeding? Would she still be considered a standard Sheltie? What may have caused this differences?