Willow Creek's Little Lady - Aka Lady
Our Collie Lady is a beautiful double registered Tri factored Sable girl.
(AKC and UKC). She is also a Certified Therapy Dog and she has completed her Canine Good Citizens Testing. We are so proud of her and her accomplishments!
SRF's Visions of Sweet Blue Paisleys- Aka Paisley
Our Other Collie Paisley is a double registered Blue Merle.
(AKC and UKC). Paisley is starting her show career this Summer and has been showing great potential!
J&C'S Little Royal Rowen - Aka Rowen
A Double registered Black Tri White Factored Collie Male available for Stud Service. He is a non carrier for CEA and PRA. Please contact us for more information.
A Little Information on the Collie Breed
Collies are an great breed -- Not only are they beautiful, but they are intelligent,friendly, loyal, loving and sensitive. They are real family dogs and are noted for being very people-friendly. Likewise, they are easy to train.In addition to being very clean dogs, they are one of the easiest breeds to housebreak. Typically the Collie is not a one-man dog. If raised properly and treated with respect, they make an ideal pet for the entire family. They are not recommended as a complete outside/backyard dog and under no circumstances should a Collie ever be chained or tied up. If kept outside for long periods of time with no human contact, they can become easily bored,as well as lonely. This can result in a noisy, unhappy dog. Collies, along with many other herding dogs, have long been known for their barking tendencies. They are notorious people dogs,known for wanting to be with their owners. They make great couch potatoes! While they are excellent watchdogs, they are not known for being aggressive. A Collie should never be nervous, shy or fearful. They love to play, retrieve and to go for long walks. In essence, they make great companions for young or old.
The Collie was used extensively as a herding dog and hailed from the highlands of Scotland and Northern England. The true popularity of the breed came about during the 1860’s when Queen Victoria visited the Scottish Highlands and fell in love with the breed. From that point on Collies became very fashionable. The Collie’s character has been further romanticized and portrayed as the ideal family companion by such authors as Albert Payson Terhune (“Lad of Sunny bank”) Eric Knight (“Lassie Come Home”) and in the 1950s TV series “Lassie.”
Collies and Children
One of his greatest assets is his natural love of children. Even when not raised with children, the Collie can be charming, playful and protective with most well behaved kids. Stories have abounded for years of children guarded and protected by the family Collie.
Collie Size and Longevity
The Collie is a medium-sized dog, with females ranging from 22" to 24" and males ranging from 24" to 26" at maturity. Weights can range from 50 to 70 pounds.
Typically Collies live 10 to 14 years, with the median age being 12, although some have gone well into their 15th or 16th year.
The Collie breed comes in two different varieties -the Rough and the Smooth. The two varieties are identical with the exception of the coat. the smooth has a short, dense and flat coat, while the rough Collie has a long, well-fitting, harsh-textured coat. It is abundant everywhere except on the head and legs and it is the crowning glory of the Rough variety of Collie. Collies come in (4) different colors. The color long associated with the breed, thanks in part to Lassie,is the sable color. This color can range from a light golden tan to a rich mahogany color. The tri colors black, white & tan. Blue Merle can range from a pale, silvery blue coloring, to a darker gray color,with black body spots of various sizes. The fourth color is white, which is a predominantly white body,with either sable, tri or blue markings, usually on the head. Typically all Collies are marked with the traditional white collar, chest, legs, feet, tail tip and sometimes white facial markings, called a blaze.
A common misconception is that the Collie needs daily brushing or frequent bathing. The amount of coat care is dependent upon the amount of coat a dog may have and the time of year. Rough Collies in full coat should be brushed once a week or every two weeks. A dog that is out of coat or in summer coat is going to need less grooming.Spayed females and males shed once a year. Intact females shed according to their heat cycle. The smooth coated variety will require less brushing and maintenance, but both varieties do shed. Collies are a very clean breed and are noted for not having a doggie odor frequently found with some other breeds. It is recommended that the puppy or adult dog receive a Microchip implant or a tattoo for future identification purposes.
As a rule the Collie is a healthy/hardy breed.
However, the Collie, like all breeds of dogs, has certain health issues. Collie Eye Anomaly CEA is an inherited eye disease that is present at birth. Collie eyes can be easily checked when the puppies are 5-6 week old, by a qualified Board Certified Ophthalmologist. It is something that the average Veterinarian is not qualified to diagnose.
“Collie PRA”, or rod-cone dysplasia type 2 (rcd2), is a form of retinal degeneration that has been a health concern in rough and smooth collies for decades. In this disease, an abnormal development (dysplasia) of the rods and cones (the light sensitive cells in the eye) leads to an early onset of night blindness that is typically apparent by the time pups are 6 weeks of age. In most cases, the rcd2-Affected dog is completely blind by the time it is 1 year old. The only way to no for sure if a puppy is affected by this is through DNA testing.
Here at Sandy Ridge we only breed for normal eyes and/or non carriers when it comes to CEA and PRA
Multi Drug Sensitivity in Collies:
In some instances, Collies have been known to have sensitivity to certain drugs, such as Ivermectin (for Heart worm control). If you live in an area prone to Heart worm, please do not use any heart worm preventative containing Ivermectin as the active ingredient. For more information, please visit the Collie Health Foundation’s page on Ivermectin (http://www.Colliehealth.org/index.html)
Is the Collie the Breed for you?
You should do your homework before purchasing a dog or puppy by reading up on the breed and talking and visiting with various breeders. And most importantly, by seeing the dogs. This can either be done at dog shows, performance events or by visiting a breeder’s home or kennel. The Collie has a rich and loyal following. People who love Collies for all the reasons the breed is famous for, usually do so for life! Once you have determined what you want in a dog and evaluated your lifestyle, make sure you have the desire and ability to commit to the lifetime of the dog.
The Collie is the most beautiful and most noble of all the breeds and they deserve only the best!