I know this is an old post but felt I needed to post my views. My husband and I adopted two Border Collie/Sheltie mix pups 16 yrs ago. Littermates, a male and female. As Paula Marie stated, they were "once in a lifetime" dogs that we will miss until our dying day. They were our children. They were the most beautiful, loving, intelligent, fun-loving dogs. This was our first time raising pups on our own. We had both had pets when we were kids but our parents trained them. We could not have asked for more easily trainable dogs. They were both so eager to please. Our dogs also had such great personalities, our Missy was the comedian and her brother, Buddy, her straight-man. The two of them brought us more happiness than we could have ever imagined. They were both black and white like the Border Collie but on the smaller side (40-45#) like the Sheltie. I could not tell you if their temperaments favored more on the Border Collie or the Sheltie side because my family has owned purebreds of both and they were both loving sweet-natured breeds. They were very healthy dogs most of their lives. We lost Buddy to bone cancer in 2009 at the age of 14. We lost Missy a year later at the age of 15, to arthritis and old age. Until his cancer caused him to break his leg, Buddy was still very active for a 14 yr old dog. Missy developed arthritis in her back at the age of 13 but on she still loved to play and didn't slow down until her brother passed. I, too, wish this breed/mix of dog were more available as my husband and I are ready to bring two more pups into our home. If you know of anyone with this breed who is willing to sell to a non-ranch home I would love to hear from them. I can't upload pictures to this post but will be more than happy to send pictures via email or snail mail. We have hundreds of pics of our pups from puppyhood to adult.