While health within the Border Collie is one of our main breed issues, we have been testing all our (breeding) dogs (besides ofcourse on Hip Dysplasia (HD) and annual normal eyetests (CEA, PRA, Cataract, Distiachis etc. inclusive glaucoma)) also for Trapped Neutrophil Syndrome (TNS) and Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA) through DNA in Australia and USA. The puppies we breed will be tested on TNS and CEA through DNA in case one of the parents has been tested as being carrier. We try to check the bloodlines of the dogs for genetic problems and our puppy buyers will get a lifetime guarantee on any heriditary disease. All the healthresults of our dogs can be found on the individual pedigree pages.
Also based on those results, we hope with any planned combination to reach our goal we are aiming for when trying to breed the most perfect Border Collie (at least in our eyes): a healthy dog with great working ability and will to please (for any kind of dogsport/work) with a suberb temperament and character and as bonus nice to look at. We are not selling our puppies just only as being a pet or showdog, we expect the new owners to know that the Border Collie is a true working dog and therefor we want them to get a job or compete in a dogsport like agility, flyball, obedience, tracking or SAR.
18 March 2014
The first litter of 2014 will be born out of our stunning brown tricolor girl Foxy (pictures): Only Stars It's My Foxy Winner. We did not have to think a long time for her perfect partner because we had a crush on his granddad, his dad and now also on this particular male for many many years. Without a doubt we are proud and honoured we can announce that the amazing blue merle/tan male Maeglin Gascoigne of good friends Carl and Marielle is the lucky one!
Foxy has come to live with us from Denmark when she was about 9-10 months old and after some difficulties finding her the perfect place, we are now 100% convinced she has found that with our friends Monique and Michel. It has taken some time and lots of tender, love, care and patience to let her become a fully normal dog but now she has absolutely turned in an amazing herding partner for Michel at the flock of sheep where she is worked a lot. Besides herding she is also in training in agility so truely a multi talented lady with Brains and Beauty. While being almost 3,5 years old we believe this is the perfect timing for a first litter, also because during lambing time she does not have as much work to do as during winter time. The mother to Foxy is from our own Gyp (Karrider Cresta Run) and her father has been used by us in our kennel some years ago, so we know the lines very well and have all faith in them in any way.
Gascoigne is besides stunning to look at, also very social, friendly and relaxed in daily life but highly workable and very fast when working agility. He is really cool in the head and thinks before doing but really loves to work, no matter for who: everybody can run agility with him and he will always gives more than 100%. We have admired his dad already for a long time while working agility in Belgium and his granddad is also granddad to our own Flyer and many of their offspring are top dogs in several kind of sports. Mother lines excell in herding but also in sports as agility, obedience etc so we are absolutely convinced that combined with our Foxy, they will produce highly workable and very driven sporting and herding dogs with a very cuddly character, good health and a nice appearance!
On January 14 and 15 Foxy has been mated by Gascoigne and in the mean time ultrasound has told us that indeed mid march we can welcome the puppies of those 2 lovebirds. We are expecting only tricolor puppies: blue merle/tan, choc merle/tan, black/white/tan and brown/white/tan, but of course mother nature decides what is realy born!
For more information about the mating, pregnancy, birth and the first 8 weeks of our little ones, you can take a look here.
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