passim border collies

Everything a dog should be.

About my pups.

If you would like to contact me to enquire about future litters please use my puppy contact form. Please CLICK HERE to go to my Frequently asked questions page and CLICK HERE to see my current or planned litters.

I have been breeding border collies now for over 40 years, however I am NOT a commercial breeder and so normally only have two or three litters a year, often less. As I am not getting any younger myself this number is likely to decrease even more over the next few years.

 I am sometimes asked if I am a member of the ABS and what the ABS actually is. The ABS is a scheme set up by the kennel club, that breeders can buy into, to help them sell puppies, it is not a guarantee that you are buying a healthy well bred puppy, and even puppy farmers and breeders of cross breeds (sometimes referred to as 'designer dogs') can become members of the ABS if they agree to the kennel club requirements. The ABS is of most use to commercial breeders, who breed large numbers of litters, and may have some difficulty finding homes for their puppies. I can see no advantage in becoming a member of the ABS, my dogs are already tested for more health conditions than ABS membership requires, and I never have a problem finding homes for my pups, and I see no point in adding more of my money to the kennel clubs coffers, so no - I am not a member of the ABS. 

My pups are born and reared in a dog room attached to my house, at around 5 weeks of age, weather permitting, they are they are given access to an outside run and kennel during the day, to give them more room to play, and allow them to get plenty of fresh air, and hopefully sunshine, which I believe is important in rearing healthy pups. If the weather is not suitable for them to play outside, they have a large play area in my dog room to give them room to play and run around safely.  

Keeping a litter of puppies inside the house full time until they are ready to leave would be very impractical and require a team of people watching them 24/7 as young pups chew and eat anything and everything, they also poo and pee a lot, and don't synchronise !

When my pups leave me, they are micro chipped, and kennel club registered. The day that they are collected I transfer the chip and registration into the new owners name, you just have to wait for the documents from the chip database and new kennel club registration certificate to be sent to you direct from the kennel club. The pups are insured for 4 weeks from the day they leave, and new owners are supplied with a 3 kilo bag of the puppy food that they have been reared on, details on worming and rearing, a toy or blanket pup is familiar with, and a copy of my puppy sale agreement and details on the dates they were wormed. I am happy to offer any help or advice that I can, throughout the dog’s life. Please read my puppy sale agreement and my puppy notes you are welcome to print off a copy for your own reference.

When a pup leaves me at 8 weeks of age, it will NOT have had any vaccinations, so you must contact your own vet at the first opportunity to arrange vaccination. Please read the notes on vaccination I do not vaccinate my own pups until 10 weeks of age at the youngest, this is because the maternal antibodies that the pup receives from mum at birth take around 10 weeks to clear the system. If antibodies are still present when the pup is vaccinated, they could destroy the vaccine, leaving your pup without protection. I know that some vets give a third dose of vaccine (normally two doses are sufficient) to cover this possibility, but personally I am not in favour of bombarding such an immature immune system as a baby pup any more than is necessary.

Before you take things any further, please consider the following points.

A dog is a long term commitment, and can be expensive. Border collies normally live for 12 – 16 years, are you ready to commit to a dog for that length of time? Apart from the obvious initial cost of the pup, there are a lot of other expenses to consider. Vets fees are very expensive, can you afford occasional vets fee’s or dog insurance ?   Do you like a lot of holidays ? What will happen to the dog when you go away ? Do you have family or friends who will be willing to look after it, or are you prepared to pay boarding kennel fee’s ?

Young pups need a lot of attention and time spent on them if they are going to grow up into obedient well-adjusted adults, you cannot leave a young pup to its own devices while you go out to work, will there be someone at home most of the time, to house train and look after the pup ?

Are you a keen gardener ? Most pups are! and will turn your well manicured lawn into something resembling a war zone in an amazingly short space of time.  They will also delight in digging up your prize plants and bringing them into the house for you, and fish ponds make wonderful swimming pools !  If you value your garden it might pay you to consider fencing off a dog free area. To a puppy there is absolutely no difference in the large dog chew you provided, your priceless antique or your Gucci handbag, they are all equally chewable ! 

One last thing, If you are retired or approaching retirement please stop and think about whether or not a pup is really right for you. Plenty of retired people can manage perfectly well with a puppy, and none of us likes to think that we are getting older, but it is important to remember that a border collie has an average life span of 12 - 15 years, and most are pretty active up to the end. Please consider if you will be fit and active enough yourself in 12 or 15 years time to be able to care for a border collie, and if you should become too frail to manage, will there be a family member or friend who will be able to help with the care of the dog ? If you are 65 + now, will you still be able to care for a dog when in your 80's ? There are always older dogs available, often retired from breeding or showing, that can have a good 10 years of active life in them, but would possibly not be quite so demanding as a younger dog. Perhaps you could offer one of these dogs a happy home retirement instead. 

If you would like to be added to my mailing list, to be kept informed of when I next have a litter please complete my puppy contact form, going onto my mailing list does not commit you in any way to having one of my pups, nor does it guarantee that I will have a puppy that will be suitable for you, it is just the first step and I will notify you when I know that I have a litter on the way. The same email will be sent to all contacts on my list, and it is then up to you to let me know if you are still interested in a puppy and wish to take things further. 

Please note, I DO NOT sell to third parties. I DO NOT sell to dealers. I will want to be in contact with the person who will be the main keeper for the puppy.   I now only sell my pups to homes in the UK as I prefer to have my pups close enough to be able to help should the need arise, and I do not like the idea of a young pup having a really long journey to its new home either in a noisy plane or the hold on a ship. I am sure if you are in another country you will be able to find a good breeder closer to home.

Frequently asked questions.    Current/future litters.