About me

I have been breeding dogs since I was 13 years old, I started with Bassett hounds and Standard Poodles, and labs. I was later given a Border Collie that blew my mind and I was instantly addicted…

Claudia Young

Here at About Ewe Border Collies, we work every day from daybreak until dark to help mold our dogs into what we perceive as the perfect Border Collie; a dog that is willing to do anything for you. If you ask and give proper instruction and care a Border Collie will never cease to astound you with their brilliance and willingness to please.

We believe that our secure home environment, paired with individual care and attention to each dog’s personality gives us the opportunity to place our puppies in the proper home for their current and future needs. All of our puppies are well socialized in a pack hierarchy, teaching them important skills that only other dogs can teach them while they are in our care. We also begin to allow prospective parents to begin seeing the puppies in person when they are three weeks old. They are exposed to all kinds of conditions, including loud noises and strange animals such as cats to ensure that they have the enrichment that their quickly maturing minds require in their crucial learning stages while they live in our home.

Our Border Collies are housed in 2 buildings that are 70×20 and 40×25 which house 16×4 priefert kennels, that are cooled  with misting systems to keep them cooled during the hot summer days. The kennels are built with horse mats for the dogs. There are currently four whelping rooms, a large bathing and laundry area. These kennels are only used for eating and sleeping, and resting when the weather does not permit them to be outdoors. We have twenty four acres with stock for the dogs to play! The puppies live in puppy yards with dog doors so they learn potty training and socialization; as they spend most of their time outside when it’s nice.

Together we are working to bring others the same joy that we have in our home, through unconditional love and attentive care, with selective breeding to produce the best quality dogs that we possibly can.

We have imported bloodlines from Wales, Scotland, England and Ireland…

And some prominent names in the stock dog world such as…

  • (##Davy ISDS 131049)
  • (##Wisp ISDS 161487)
  • (#BWLCH Taff ISDS 113243)
  • (#Roy ISDS 114678)
  • (Hanging Tree Scott)
  • (##Spot ISDS 161819)
  • (McCallums Patch ABC 52188)
  • (@Bluecloudsabre ABC 101932)
  • (ClunChip ISDS 130076)
  • (#Pip ISDS 124578)
  • (Pershore Fan ISDS 239914)
  • (## BOB ISDS 224454)
  • (*BILL ABC 95965)
  • (*IMP. BEN ABC 77944)
  • (*##IMP. NAN ABC 77943)
  • (## IMP.CRAIG ABC 142668)
  • (#NAP ISDS 188631)

About the dog

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The Border Collie is a very intelligent and responsive dog. It excels at obedience, agility and disk. They thrive on praise, are sensitive and very trainable.

The Border Collie is highly energetic with great stamina. Border Collies will get along quite happily with other dogs and children, however the Border Collie may be aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. This breed should be very well socialized as a puppy to prevent shyness.

To be truly happy, it needs a lot of ongoing attention, extensive daily exercise, and a job to do.

It is not surprising that at competitive levels in various sports such as agility skills, obedience, and sheepdog trials, the Border Collie is represented among the best.

This breed lives for serving you day in and day out. They are not ideal pets for people who have no plans to spend a lot of time with them. These dogs are too intelligent to not have something to do.

Are you ready to care for a Border Collie for the rest of his or her life? Be sure you’re ready to make a lifelong commitment to your pet.

The commitment

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Are you financially prepared to support a Border Collie? The cost of purchasing a dog is only the start. Don’t forget dog food, toys, treats, bedding, routine and emergency veterinary care.

Will you be able to exercise your Border Collie once or twice a day? Border Collies are high-energy dogs and need daily exercise to burn off that excess energy.

If you’re a parent, do you want a Border Collie just as much as your children do, and are you prepared to provide the majority of its care? Don’t make the mistake of getting a dog “for the kids” and assuming they will take care of it. You will have the ultimate responsibility. And if your children are toddlers, are you prepared to supervise all interaction between them?

These are all things you need to be certain of before taking on a Border Collie. Pets given as gifts for holidays or even birthdays are often discarded later because:

They don’t get the hang of house training before they chew a few things up……Because their teeth hurt

They howl at night……Because they miss their mother and siblings…

Some dogs even get too big for their owner’s home and are then given away because their owner didn’t realize that Sparky was going to grow so much.

Every day dogs are euthanized for reasons that any puppy with proper care would eventually grow out of. Time, patience, and unconditional love is what every puppy needs to grow to be a happy, healthy family pet.

 

“A PET IS FOR LIFE, NOT FOR CONVENIENCE.”

References

Coat Color and Length Genetics in Border Collies

I have been very interested in coat, color, and length genetics in Border Collies, mainly because as a responsible breeder I know this stuff and secondly genetics has always interested me.

Dominant: “One of two words that describe a phenotype hierarchy among alleles. Given the genotypes, AA, Aa, and aa, there will be two or three possible phenotypes. If there are two phenotypes, that is, if Aa is like AA, the A allele is said to be dominant to the a allele.”

Recessive: “A recessive allele’s phenotype expression in the homozygous state is masked in the heterozygous state.” One needs two genes for it to show up and can be overridden by a Dominant gene. So can be carried without being seen.

Homozygous: “The state of carrying identical alleles at one or more gene loci.” Having two of the same genes either two dominant or two recessive. If the gene is recessive the dog will show that recessive characteristic.

Heterozygous: “The state of carrying different alleles at one or more gene loci.” Having two different genes. If the gene is dominant and the dog also carries the recessive only the dominant characteristic will show up in the phenotype.

Phenotype: “Any feature or characteristic of an organism or any group of characteristics. The word phenotype may refer to all of the characteristics of an organism or to one phenotypic trait.” I describe this as the physical.

Genotype: “The sum of genes within a cell or within the cells of an organism…” I describe this as the genetic or hidden.

Incomplete Dominance: the gene expression is intermediate and does not affect the whole coat, but causes patchy dilution. For example a Merle.

Cryptic: references the problem with the merle sometimes being only a small spot that can be overlooked. The dog is classified as a different color but in reality the merle marking is very small and was overlooked.

Bi: means the dog has only two colors. For example, bi red means the dog is red and white or bi black means the dog is only black and white. There can also be bi blues, bi lilacs, bi red merles, and bi blue merles.

Tri: the dog has three colors, usually refers to tan markings on cheeks, eyebrows, and under the tail. The Border Collie can have: Black Tri, Red Tri, Tri red merle, Tri blue merle, Tri Blue, and Tri lilac. The tan markings can be so small one can barely notice them or can be very obvious.

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