"Where Every Animal Is Special"
Border Collie Puppies
Please read the following information to learn about our breeding program and protocols.
~*~*Sadie and Hammie welcomed their new litter on November 12th, 2012. One Black and White male available. Information in the middle of the page. *~*~
~*~*Litter due June 23rd Out of the Blu ASCA-RA RNX PT JHD-s CGC "Nike" to Janie's Hammie. Information near the bottom of the page. *~*~
~*~* Planned Litter for Nike's Raven ASCA-RNX CGC to Show Me's Echo CD GN RE CGC. Information at the bottom of the page. *~*~
If you are interested in an older dog, please visit our rescues page.
~*~*Please note: As of January 1, 2010, we are required to charge a 5.975% sales tax on any puppy sold for personal enjoyment or use*~*~
The puppies are named the day they are born and are weighed immediately. We hold them frequently each day as the first part of their human socialization, as well as introduce them to new surfaces and warm/cold items. Although they can not see or hear us, they can smell and touch us, and we believe this is mandatory for a properly socialized puppy.
When the puppies are three weeks old, they are moved from the master bathroom where they were born to a bigger puppy box in the utility room, where they stay until they are four weeks old. Then they move to a puppy pen in our dining room where they stay until they go to their new homes. We begin to play with them more as they grow, although we still just sit and hold them frequently. This is the age where we start introducing the puppies to new experiences. We allow them to walk over different "terrain" (carpet, linoleum, plastic, puppy ladders, etc.), play with them on the tippy- and buja- boards, in puppy-sized tunnels, and help them develop problem-solving skills through activities such as placing them under a blanket and encouraging them to nose their way out.
At age four weeks, we begin house-training the puppies by taking them out to our fenced back yard several times a day-- especially after eating, waking up in the morning, and after naps. They love toys and playing with us. Around six weeks of age, we begin very gentle obedience training. Using puppy kibble, we begin to teach them to "sit", "down", and "come". The longer they stay with us, the more we teach them, commands such as "stay". We believe every Border Collie should have at least basic obedience training and are dedicated to giving our puppies a good start. We do not use correction with our puppies, as they are too young to completely understand what they are doing. We simply show them again. They do learn quickly; however, their memory and attention span is very short, so we found it best to work with them only until they complete the exercise correctly, then lavish them with praise. We work for very short times (no more than five minutes), several times a day. We feel this training, although very gentle, works quite well for the young puppies. While we want them to obey us, we have seen too many ruined Borders because of harsh training.
We take the puppies, one at a time, with us to our weekly trip to the local nursing home. This facility provides a clean, puppy-safe environment for the puppies to gain early socialization. After their first puppy shot, we begin taking them to 4-H events and other safe areas. These car trips help them get ready for their ride home.
The puppies receive their first puppy shot at 6 weeks, and another at 8 weeks. They are dewormed weekly with pyrantel pamoate. At seven weeks, we begin flea/tick prevention, and at eight weeks, we begin heartworm preventative.
Blue-eyed puppies, puppies with white over their ears, or blue merle puppies are taken at six weeks for BAER hearing exams. Around 7 weeks of age, all of the puppies travel to Chesterfield MO for CERF eye exams. Just before their 8-week birthday, the puppies are taken to our local veterinarian for complete well-puppy exams and fecal testing.
At seven weeks, the puppies are started on flea/tick prevention. We start them on heartworm prevention at eight weeks.
When a person contacts us about our puppies, we ask them many questions to pick the puppy we feel fits them the best. If they come to see the puppies, we let them interact with our puppies as long as they want, helping them to see the differences in each puppy. When a puppy is selected, the new owners leave a non-refundable deposit. Everyone is welcome to come visit their puppy. We are happy to answer any questions you might have; again, we want perfect homes/jobs for our puppies.
The puppies are ready to go at eight weeks but are welcome to stay longer for more litter socialization and to learn more dog manners.
With each puppy, you will receive the following:
A complete, up-to-date puppy book that includes: ABCA registration certificate, all health records, parents' health certification numbers, training/new puppy tips, etc (This puppy book MUST accompany you and your new puppy on your vet visits so your vet does not re-vaccinate the puppy too soon.)
A sample of Royal Canin Medium Breed Puppy, to provide a smooth transition to the food of your choice. Royal Canin also provides an informative puppy book
Toys that smell like our home to help the puppy get through the first few nights
Treats and snacks for the car ride
A well-fitting puppy collar
An extensive health guarantee
Lifetime support-- call or email us at any time with ANY concerns, questions, or comments.
Our Requests for the New Owner
As per our contract, we expect our new puppy owners to provide a loving forever home. We expect owners to provide a quality food (please ask us for recommendations and consult with your veterinarian), shelter, veterinary care, training, and lots of love. Before getting your puppy, you should make an appointment for a well-puppy check with your veterinarian (our contract requires this initial visit to be within two working days of pickup). For all puppies, we HIGHLY recommend that you sign up and complete at least one round of puppy training classes. Regardless of your personal ability to train dogs, structured, weekly classes offer much opportunity for support and socialization. Of course, we encourage you to choose a dog sport (or many!) and continue training as your puppy's age allows. Border Collies need a job, after all!
If you are, at any time or for any reason, unable to keep or properly care for the puppy, we require that the puppy be returned to us. The puppy/dog is not to be sold, given away, traded, turned over to rescue/pound, euthanized, or otherwise disposed of without our knowledge. Although we do our very best to avoid situations where the new owners must give up their puppy, we understand that lives and lifestyles change beyond our control and will make arrangements to get the puppy.
We ask that you please contact us with any concerns, comments, or questions about the puppy. We want to provide you with a well-started puppy and help you train that puppy to be an excellent family companion, farm worker, or canine athlete.
This is our health guarantee/contract. Please click to enlarge and review.
We reserve the right to refuse sale to any potential buyer for any reason.
We feed and recommend Royal Canin feed products.
~*~*Pictures on this page are thumbnails, please click to enlarge*~*~
Blue Mercedes "Sadie" and Janie's Hammie's first litter arrive November 12th, 2012.
The puppies are here! Earlier than we expected but doing well. We have five puppies; black tri male, a black and white doe, a red merle male, a red merle tri female, and a blue merle boy. All are growing quickly. Adele is small but seems to be very healthy and doing well. The puppies are in a puppy play yard in our dining room. They go outside to fenced backyard to potty and play. They interact with the adult dogs thereby learning dog manners and hierarchy rules. They are eating Royal Canin Medium Breed Puppy food. They are wearing collars now and love to play with toys. They are developing personalities and becoming individuals. Border collies in miniature. They are a colorful and unique group. Dex is very heavy coated, having a longer, plush type coat at birth and it just gets longer and fuller each day. Carin is a natural bob tail, having a 1/2 length tail with permanent crook (shepherd's crook the old shepherd's called it) in the end of her tail. They have had all their puppy vaccinations, regular toenail trimmings, bathed frequently, and been dewormed several times. They have been started on heartworm preventative and flea and tick preventative. They went for their puppy health check on the morning of January seventh with Dr. Melanie Swope of Cuba Veterinary Clinic. Dex, and Banner checked out with flying colors. No issues there. Adele and Ziggy were found to have heart murmurs. They were given a clean bills of health otherwise. Ziggy and Sadie went to Dr. Sculley’s to have ECG’s done on their hearts to check this out further. Sadie had a clear ECG and was not found to have a murmur. Ziggy and Adele do have murmurs and had echocardiograms done with Dr. Cecelia Marshall at Veterinary Specialty Services in Manchester. They were found to have a very small restrictive Ventricular Septal Defect. This means they have a tiny hole in the septum that divides the bottom sections of their hearts. This causes this causes them to have a very audible murmur. Their VSDs are so small they don’t require any type of treatment or medication. It will not affect them in anyway. They have no restrictions and are expected to live a normal life span as far as their hearts are concerned. The puppies went for CERF eye exams on January seventh with Dr. Ota at Midwest Veterinary Referral Services. All received a good report and normal exam. Their ABCA registrations have been received.
These puppies are out of two OFA and CERF certified parents. Both parents are OFA certified good hips and normal elbows and patellae as well as CERF certified eyes. Sadie also has been BAER hearing tested. Puppies will be medium to small in size and medium coated. We have black and white, blue merle, and red merle puppies. These puppies should be very high drive and excellent herding, agility, and/or Disc dog prospects. The puppies will have two puppy vaccinations, several dewormings, and be started heart worm and flea and tick preventative before they go to their new homes at eight weeks January eighth, 2013. They will come with a puppy record book, written health guarantee, be vet checked, and have CERF eye exams. The merle puppies had their BAER hearing tests on December 16th with Dr. York in Ballwin, MO. All passed with flying colors. Adele had an ECG and radiograph of her heart on December 28th with Dr. Sculley in Hannibal, MO. She was found to have heart problems and referred to Veterinarian Specialty Services for an Echocardiogram of her heart. The puppies are $650 ($688.84) including Missouri state sales tax, and sold with ABCA (American Border Collie Association) registration.
In order to socialize our puppies, we constantly seek out puppy-safe and puppy-friendly places to take them for visits. The puppies have began to accompany us to Victorian Manor and Memory Care Facilities in Cuba, MO, when we visit with our therapy dogs. The residents love to hold the new puppies and the puppies learn to love visiting.
SOLD ZIGGY Black/White male 28 pounds
all pictures at six months
"Ziggy" will be going home to Ballwin, MO after being neutered to be a family companion and goose control dog.
"Ziggy" is a very busy, people loving, sweet boy always happy and eager to please. He is crate trained and is doing well with his housebreaking. He walks well on a leash and knows the sit and down commands. He loves to climb and isn’t afraid to walk over open areas. He has a very high drive and already shows strong herding instinct. He is a natural. He very much enjoys his visits to the nursing home happily sitting to be petted and loved on. He is ready for a new family to love. He would excel in obedience, rally, agility, or herding. Ziggy does have a heart murmur. More information concerning that can be found in the above paragraphs. It is nothing that will need treatment or affect him in anyway. Ziggy will be neutered, have all his adult vaccinations, and be microchipped before going to his new home.
THESE PUPPIES HAVE GONE TO NEW HOMES:
SOLD BANNER/AKIL Red merle male 7 pounds 2 ounces
at six weeks "Banner/Akil" has gone to Naranjito, Puerto Rico to be a family companion.
SOLD ADELE/CANDICE Red merle tri splash coat, split face female 4 pounds
at six weeks "Adele/Candice" has gone home to Warrensburg, MO to be an agility dog.
SOLD DEX Blue merle splash coat male 7 pounds 6 ounces
at six weeks "Dex" has gone to Kearney, MO to be a family companion.
SOLD CARIN Black and white female 6 pounds 3 ounces
at six weeks "Carin" has gone to Cassville, MO to train to work dairy cattle.
See Our Border Collies for more information on Sadie.
Hammie's information and pictures are at the bottom of the page.
Out of the Blu ASCA-RA RNX PT JHD-s CGC "Nike's" to Janie's Hammie 2013 litter due June 23rd.
These puppies will be out of two OFA and CERF certified parents. Both parents are OFA certified good hips and normal elbows and patellae as well as CERF certified eyes. Nike also has been BAER hearing tested and is CHIC certified. Puppies will be small to medium in size and medium coated. The puppies will be black and white. These puppies should be high drive and excellent herding, agility, and/or Disc dog prospects. The puppies will have two puppy vaccinations, several dewormings, and be started heart worm and flea and tick preventative before they go to their new homes at eight weeks. They will come with a puppy record book, written health guarantee, be vet checked, and have CERF eye exams. Puppies with white ears will have BAER hearing tests. The puppies are $650 ($688.84) including Missouri state sales tax, and sold with ABCA (American Border Collie Association) registration.
We are taking deposits for the litter and have third pick from the litter available.
See Our Border Collies for more information on Nike.
Sire to litters:
"Hammie" is now owned by Tammie Colvin of Blue Springs, MO. Hammie is out Molly's Janie RA ASCA-CD TDIA CGC and Matches Fire. He is a puppy from our farm. Hammie is a great all around dog who competes in Disc Dog competitions and is working on his agility career. He is serious about what he does and has a lot of eye like his mother. He is a very athletically built border and is red factored.
OFA: Good (Hips) BCO-7714G24M-VPI
Normal (Elbows) BCO-
Normal (Patellas/Knees) BCO-
To read more about Hammie go to the Border Collie testimonials page.
See Our Border Collies for more information on Janie, Hammie's mother. Janie earned her AKC RA title six years after her last competition (with just a few weeks to practice) with a first and second place, and began her RE (with just one week to learn the Excellent signs!) with a first place. We are excited for her. She is 10 years old and still competitive.
"Matches" was a red and white male owned by Sarah Davis. Matches was bred by Sharon Allen of Polo, MO. He was shown in 4-H at county, state, and national levels. He competed in 4-H agility, obedience. Matches was used for herding sheep on their family farm and other herding demonstrations. This great boy sired flyball champions, as well as family pets and dogs performing in other venues. Matches loved to play ball of any type, especially soccer. He could even shoot baskets, like "Air Bud"!
OFA: Good (Hips) BCO-6138G67M-PI
Contact Us for more information on the litter.
These puppies will be out of two OFA and CERF certified parents. Both parents are OFA certified good hips and normal elbows as well as CERF certified eyes. Raven also has been BAER hearing tested and OFA certified normal patellae. Echo is CEA Normal/Clear. Puppies should medium in size and medium coated. The puppies will be black and white and possibly red and white. These puppies should be high drive and excellent herding, agility, and/or Disc dog prospects. The puppies will have two puppy vaccinations, several dewormings, and be started heart worm and flea and tick preventative before they go to their new homes at eight weeks. They will come with a puppy record book, written health guarantee, be vet checked, and have CERF eye exams. The puppies are $700 ($741.83) including Missouri state sales tax, and sold with ABCA (American Border Collie Association) registration.
See Our Border Collies for more information on Raven.
We are now registered with the Missouri State Department of Agriculture as a hobby or show breeder. In the past few years, Missouri has been seeking out all dog breeders. The breeders are then classified, and large, commercial breeders are required to be licensed. The "hobby" or "show" breeder classification is awarded to those breeders who:
breeds dogs or cats with the primary purpose of exhibiting or showing dogs or cats
and improving the breed;
show the dogs and provide proof of showing;
have no more than ten intact females;
only sells to other breeders or individuals (not brokers, pet store, etc.)
Registering as a hobby breeder is not much more than a voluntary act that simply means that we are now on the books in the State of Missouri as raising puppies on a very small scale with the purpose of showing and improving the breed, and we do not sell to brokers.