Ok, so this post is two weeks late and a little misleading. The lateness stems from a big pottery project I’m working on and a recent vacation. The misleading part is that my title suggests that I am adding Shetland Sheepdogs to my list of dog breeds, but really I completed an update to my current design. For years I have had Shelties in my line-up and have been making Sheltie Gifts. I love this breed as it was the dog of my childhood – there were three in my parents home over the years. The artwork I did of this breed years ago has been popular, and I get many orders for it. But a request came in to capture the breed standard a little bit better. This brings up a point that comes up over an over again. There are dogs within a breed that are just lovely, but that aren’t the breed standard. Our Shelties were a little too large compared with the standard but they were awesome. My art tries to reflect the breed standard, especially my more current additions. In the past, I would find a reference picture that looked good to me and go from there, and this was the case with my original Sheltie design. I saw a picture that looked like the dogs I grew up with and drew my design based on it. My new design has less height in the body and the legs and a slightly larger head. I also added a bi-black version and bi-blue (no tan). I will be changing the options on my website to include the new design and will remove the old design, though I will keep it in my files for customers who request it.