top of page
neil-mark-thomas-1euFcqLsPWA-unsplash.jpg

BORDER COLLIES

ABOUT OUR BORDER COLLIES

We are very passionate about our beautiful Purebred Border Collies, having worked with them for over 35 years.

 

Border Collies are great for families and make excellent companion dogs. They require lots of physical exercise and mental stimulation and will keep you active and on your toes with their workaholic attitude.

 

For the right owner, a Border Collie is a wonderful dog to live with. Their intelligence and drive to learn makes them easy to train. Their high sensitivity makes them very intuitive; they have the ability to know what you are going to ask of them before you ask it.

If a Border Collie is trained as a puppy, they can adapt to almost any environment and lifestyle, providing they are given adequate physical exercise and mental stimulation. We truly believe you will find the ultimate soulmate in these intelligent and sensitive dogs.

 

We have two litters of Border Collie puppies each year. The wait time for these pups is normally six months as they are in high demand, therefore it is essential to be on the wait list.

unnamed-2.jpg

BORDER COLLIE COLOURS

Rose cottage border collies produces many colours in border collies here is a few examples of colours we breed with our border collies

 

Black & White

 

Black is a dominant gene and the black and white colouration will always be produced unless other modifying genes are present.

 

Wheaton white 

is a soft cream with white which can darken as pup grows more into adult hood is produced by pairing a  blue white border collie to  a lilac and white border collies  and a blue white border collie to a black white border collie 

 

Blue Merle

 

Merle is a modifying gene that causes ‘patchy’ pigmentation over the body, this can also extend over the nose and eyes producing pink noses and blue or odd coloured eyes. Merle is a dominant gene so a blue merle will only have one copy of the gene. When a merle is mated to any other ‘colour’ merles can always be produced. Blue merle is when the merle gene is acting on a black/white base.

 

Blue Tricolour Merle

 

Same as black tricolour but with the merle gene also present. A blue tricolour merle dog has two copies of the tricolour gene and one of merle.

 

Chocolate (Red/brown) and White

 

There is some confusion internationally over the correct name for this colour, the shades can vary greatly and it may be referred to as red, chocolate, brown, liver etc. throughout this site we will be calling it chocolate! Chocolate is also a recessive gene so two copies of the gene must be present in a dogs genetic makeup in order for it to be choc. Both parents must carry the gene in order for it to be produced in a litter. If you mate two chocs you will only produce chocs.

 

Chocolate Merle

 

Same as blue merle but the merle gene is acting on a choc/white base. Two copies of the choc gene and one copy of the merle gene are present.

 

Blue and White

 

Blue is the colour produced when black is diluted. The dilute gene is also recessive so two copies of the gene must be present in a dogs genetic makeup in order for it’s base colour to be diluted. Both parents must carry the dilution gene in order for it to be produced in a litter. If you mate two dilutes you will only produce dilutes. Incidentally there is a relatively rare genetic condition found in both blues and lilacs (in other breeds not just BC's) known as dilution alopecia which can cause bald patches over the body and particularly on the ears. It is commonly thought that the breeding of dilute to dilute will increase the incidence of dilution alopecia but there has been no evidence to support this and a blue puppy from two black parents is just as likely to suffer from this disease as one from two blue parents (in fact I've never seen this from two blue parents).

 

Lilac and White

 

Lilac is the colour produced when chocolate is diluted. Both the dilute and choc genes are recessive so two copies of each of the genes must be present in a dogs genetic makeup in order for a choc base colour to be diluted. A lilac and white will have two copies of both the choc and dilute genes.

Sourced From: www.bryningbordercollies.com/Border-Collie-Colours

BORDER COLLIE TEMPERAMENT

Quite simply, the Border Collie is a dynamo. His personality is characteristically alert, energetic, hardworking, and smart. He learns quickly — so quickly that it's sometimes difficult to keep him challenged.

This breed likes to be busy. In fact, he must be busy or he becomes bored, which leads to annoying behaviour, such as barking, digging, or chasing cars. He's not a dog to lie quietly on the front porch while you sip a glass of lemonade; he thrives on activity. Remember, he was bred to run and work all day herding sheep.

 

The Border Collie is also renowned for being highly sensitive to his handler's every cue, from a whistle to a hand signal to a raised eyebrow.

 

Of course, the Border Collie isn't perfect. He can be strong-minded and independent, and his compulsion to herd can become misdirected. In the absence of sheep, or some kind of job, he is apt to gather and chase children, cars, or pets.

 

He can also become fearful or shy if he isn't properly socialised as a puppy. Puppy classes and plenty of exposure to a variety of people, places, and things help the sensitive Border Collie gain confidence.

Sourced From: dogtime.com/dog-breeds/border-collie#/slide/1

WANT TO JOIN THE WAITLIST?

Ready for your next furry family member? Contact us today to join our waitlist, as our puppies are in high demand!

bottom of page