I always wanted a sheltie. Two years ago my husband got me a Sheltie/Samoyed mix. She is the best dog I ever had. She looks like a small border collie though, but with longer fur. She's black & white with freckles. She has a decidedly feminine personality, sweet as sugar and has the Samoyed smile. If only she would not bark so much, but I have an Amazon parrot who enjoys getting the dog all worked up. She (the bird) yells the dog's name (S'Moya) over and over getting more excited as she goes along. My sister has a cocker spaniel whom I think is adorable but my sister says she has "issues". I had a black lab once and they are the sweetest, friendliest dog you could ever want. When I was growing up we had a Springer spaniel who was unbelievably intellegent and adorable. My brother has a Bull Mastiff who looks scary but is a real marshmallow, he plays with my niece's pug and lets the pug get away with murder. My brother also used to breed miniature schauzers and I had one. If she ever shut up I'm not aware of it, but her personality made up for the noise. I guess I never met a dog I didn't like.