In our first litter, born January 25, 1989 was a puppy with a big white face blaze. I remember going through the magazines trying to find pictures of other Shelties that had lots of white on the face to see what it would look like on an adult. I came across a female in one of the magazines that was called Ch Istari Despite The White. A clever name that said it all...despite the white the quality is there. It isn't everyone's cup of tea, but markings shouldn't matter if the individual has excellence. The ones we've kept over the years or have sold to others have gone on to prove the point. So now we'll watch and wait to see if Cocoa's puppy will factor into our breeding program in the future.
Above is pictured MBIS/MBISS Am/Can Ch Laureate Starlight Express (Sparkle) at 3 weeks of age. Next to her is a picture we took this morning of Cocoa's girl at three weeks...they are similar but different. She might look more like Ch Laureate Vanilla Sky than Sparkle, but time will tell.
This is how Sparkle looked at 6 years old...
Top left is Ch Laureate Savanna White ROMC (owned by Karen and Bob Henley) and underneath and the baby photos are her daughter, Ch Laureate Vanilla Sky. Two more beauties 'despite the white' face markings.