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  1. Thank you. I respect that other people feel differently about health testing, but it's important to me and I would really prefer not argue about it, or be treated like a bad owner/future owner for caring about it.
  2. D'Elle thank you for the suggestion. I've fostered with BC and all breed groups in the past, and it's not what I'm looking for. I'm fine waiting and meeting people and hearing different perspectives along the way :-)
  3. Health testing is non-negotiable for me. I used to work with a BC rescue, and in that short time we had a dog surrendered to us from a "good" breeder completely blind at a young age. And thank you, but I am able to tell the difference between a BYB and a good breeder who also does health testing.
  4. Gloria- I was thinking maybe a cat or two, but a menagerie would work too ;-)
  5. Hey guys, I filled out the contact form on Fiona's website a while ago, and never heard anything. Just filled it out again over the weekend. Just wondering if there's a better way to contact her? Thanks!
  6. D'Elle, I went through all the breeder posts on the boards and the following have been recommended at one point or another: - Red Top Kennel - Blue Ridge Border Collies - Serendipity Stockdog - Kathy and Jack Knox - Broken Circle Border Collies - Dianne Deal - Orchard Run Border Collies - Status Stockdogs - Creekside Farm - Herbert Holmes - Stephanie Goracke - Ron Enzeroth - Bruce and Linda Fogt :-)
  7. I'm having a hard time because most of the guidelines for finding a breeder are on what they *shouldn't* be doing. That's fine, but does the absence of red flags means the breeder automatically has great dogs? To me it should be the absence of red flags, plus positive things, which to me are things like health testing, socialization, etc. Does that make sense? Are there other "positive" aspects I should be considering? Obviously doing well at trials is great, but since I don't need a dog to work I'm not sure if that would really make much of a difference in my case.
  8. mum24dog, I'd be interested to hear how you chose your breeder, since you were looking for a pet not a working dog. It's crazy how different dog cultures define a "good" breeder. For most responsible pet people, health testing and socialization are non-negotiable (not a judgement). *Edit: by responsible pet people, I mean as opposed to people who buy from pet stores and bybreeders
  9. Thank you! Should have mentioned, I'm looking at 2018, so no rush.
  10. Hey all, I'm sure the breeder posts get old, but I'm looking for something pretty specific, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Does know of a breeder who: 1. ABCA registers 2. Does CEA/CH, CL, TNS, etc., health testing 3. Raises puppies in home with extensive puppy socializations with kids, animals, different situations 4. Raises puppies with dam and sire 5. Positive reinforcement training with their dogs/low stress environment for mom ‚ÄčI don't want to start any arguments on training methods, this is just what is important to me. Looking for a sweet, medium drive dog with a soli
  11. Thanks mum24dog. I was wondering if it was something like with a dachshund, where they look a certain way for a purpose, but I haven't seen any pre-AKC dachshunds so they may well have changed their appearance too. Or like with Mals, where the ones still bred to work look pretty much the same as the AKC Mals. And of course I ask here; you guys are the collie experts!
  12. There's a post called "Demise of the AKC" so, no, I wouldn't call my view on the board all that skewed. And while I did write this in a humerous, snarky way, my question is completely serious: Does anyone know the reason for the AKC breed standard to look so different from the traditional BC appearance?
  13. Hello Team BC! I must once again draw from the pack wisdom of the group. As suggested in many forums, and after much hemming and hawing, I contacted Dwight at Blue Ridge Border Collies, a ranch that also breeds working dogs. I explained that I was looking for a dog on the lower end of exercise and energy range to be a companion pet, and did he know of a dog of any age like that looking for a home. He said he had a six month old pup he had traded one of his $800 puppies for that he's looking to sell. He described the dog as very level, quiet, calm, and not having any of those obsessive quir
  14. So, as we all know, the AKC has a breed "standard" for what dogs are supposed to look like. My question is, why does the AKC BC standard look NOTHING LIKE an actual border collie?? I saw a breeder's family of dogs in person the other day, and the guys were all short and barrel chested, and the girls were tiny! More lap than working dog! Aside from their markings, they didn't even look like collies. I get that the whole point of the AKC is to have this "ideal" appearance, but why make that standard so far removed from what border collies actually look like? Did they want a LESS graceful and
  15. Thanks for the responses everyone! I actually happened to call a breeder in Mississippi yesterday, and she's getting one of her dogs back from a family who didn't treat him well (he's now blind in one eye from an injury they left untreated ). Depending on what the vet says, I may get to bring him home for a life of playtime and lots of much needed love. Fingers crossed! If that doesn't work out, I'm open to going to Statesboro (or Kentucky). Do you know if they're ok with their dogs going to companion homes? It seems like some breeders are pretty against that, and I don't want to step on
  16. Thanks for pointing that out! I thought this was the general adopting page. If it helps, I'm open to adopting from a rescue, but I've gotten blanket 'no's from two organizations because I live in an apartment.
  17. I'm in Georgia, but I don't mind driving to pick up a pup from surrounding states. No preference for sex, rough coat is a must, and I have a weakness for blue merles but color isn't that important to me. Really, my biggest concern is that I'm getting a well socialized dog who's appropriate for a non working home.
  18. Hi everyone, I'm looking for a BC puppy from a good breeder in the South to be a companion pet. Any advice and recommendations is greatly appreciated. Thank you, Kendra
  19. My apologies for the duplicate post! Anyone know how to delete your own post?
  20. Hello everyone! New to BCs and the forum. I'm hoping adopt this adorable pup when I get back to the States in a couple weeks. His dad has a rough coat, and I know smooth is dominant over rough, but he looks a tad too fluffy to be smooth. Is there partial gene expression in coat length, or will he get rougher/smoother as he gets older?
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