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Sheltie eyes getting smaller?

Discussion in 'Sheltie Chat' started by TME, Feb 14, 2018.

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  1. TME

    TME Premium Member

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    Hi guys! Happy Hump Day :D
    Just a disclaimer - I am not a breeder and have no intention of breeding and don't know that much about conformation. I just have a general question lol...are sheltie eyes getting smaller?

    I have had shelties growing up and they always had big almond eyes...and I still see big eyes in shelties on this page and the FB sheltie page I am on...But Sherlock definitely has smaller eyes. and when I look at the pics online of other shelties it seems like other shelties have the smaller eye thing going on as well.

    Is that normal? like it's the show dogs too. Sherlock's dad is Grandgable Turner and he has equally as small eyes. and I looked on a Japanese Sheltie page and some of their dogs have it as well.
     
  2. Ann

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    Good observation, TME. Yes, it does seem that eyes are smaller, but I think perhaps it's just that the shape has become more almond-shape. Big, round eyes are not desirable in the Sheltie Standard. Neither are eyes that are too small so what, you may ask, is correct? My answer would be it depends on the judge in the ring. There is a happy medium, and they shouldn't look like pig eyes either. Turner is a terrific example of a lovely Sheltie. However, IMO much of it is in the "eye" of the beholder. Pun intended!

    Here's what the breed standard says about eyes:
    Eyes: medium size with dark, almond-shaped rims, set somewhat obliquely in skull. Color must be dark, with blue or merle eyes permissible in blue merles only. Faults - Light, round, large or too small.
     
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    You know, my hubby and I noticed that ourselves when Brooke came to live with us, and then her granddaughter, Faith. Their eyes are much smaller than our other 3 Sheltie's were. Personally I think it's a bit of a bummer since the eyes are the window to the soul. Top photo is Ally, bottom is Asta. Oh brother, now I'm crying because I miss these two dear girls so much.

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    Beautiful pictures Sharon...
     
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  5. Calliesmom

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    very beautiful:yes:
     
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  6. Jams

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    Such lovely girls, Sharon!!❤❤❤
     
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  7. TME

    TME Premium Member

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    They're so pretty!!
    and thanks guys :) I was really curious about that
     
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  8. Pam

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    Oh gosh such beautiful shelties!
     
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  9. ghggp

    ghggp Moderator

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    I could not agree with you more Sharon!

    "I think it's a bit of a bummer since the eyes are the window to the soul."

    Logan, Laddie and Chance all had large beautiful eyes!
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    Jasmine had the most sweet face and those eyes made it.


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    Logan and Mr Chance's eyes have to be perfect. Just my opinion.

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    Baron has the smallest eyes for his head size. He is my most recent Sheltie.
     
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  10. Chris

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    I must confess, I do love the slightly incorrect rounder eye!!
     
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