High Country Collies
Breeding for Structure, Health, Temperament and Genetics
Breeding for Structure, Health, Temperament and Genetics
It's amazing how much the puppies have grown this past week. They're taller and boy, can they run! They're getting lots of outdoor time and plenty of exercise which really helps them to sleep well. They are going through all the puppy stages charted on Puppy Culture. Here are the three cuties still looking for their own backyard. Click on their photos to view full screen. See parents genetic health test results by clicking on their photos on the "Our Collies" tab on this website. Canadian Kennel Club registered; Scottish Collie Preservation Society registered.
Micah is super sweet and very loving. He's treat motivated and will be a joy to train.
Samson is adorable, loves coming for affection, but isn't in your face about it. He's a quiet boy who loves his people and gets along well with other dogs. He won't be an alpha dog.
Solomon is going to be an amazing companion! He loves to play, and nothing rattles him. Solomon takes everything in stride; he has an easygoing personality that applies to both other dogs and people.
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Our collie puppies are five weeks old! These little sweethearts will be ready to go home on June 25. They are dual registered with Canadian Kennel Club and Scottish Collie Preservation Society. We have three Tricolour males available. All the girls have found their homes. The boys are MDR1 +/-, clear for everything else on the collie panel, and low risk DMS. Samson is a sweet boy with a stunning white collar. He will be a flashy looking Tri! He's eager to try new things and has a calm nature. Solomon is a very well grounded boy. He's calm, stoic and even tempered. Solomon takes it all in stride. Micah is very sweet, and loves to snuggle. I often find him at my side, like a silent shadow! He's very treat motivated, which will make him easy to train. He has a lovely curved white stripe on his right hip which is sure to make him stand out. Collies, by nature love to please, and that makes them easy to train. Click on our website tabs to see parents photos and health test results. Most of our updates are posted to our High Country Collies FB page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/660172281208664/
The puppies have been busy growing up at High Country, and what a wonderful life they have ahead of them! These little babies are being raised with Puppy Culture. That means they are exposed to a wide variety of stimulus, challenges, and brain games to help them achieve their very best potential so when they go to their new homes, they should fit right in and take it all in stride. We are located in southeastern BC, Canada in the East Kootenays. Puppies will be ready to go home June 25. At three and a half weeks old, here they are:
Puppies are one week old today, and they have grown much! Each one is cuter by the day, too. Next week their eyes should open so there will be more photos! Just saying! And because they're so adorable, here's a little gallery of each puppy's photos taken today at their one week mark. We are using Puppy Culture for early neurological stimulation and motor development to best prepare the puppies for their new homes around the end of June. We are located in southeastern BC, Canada. Parents photos and health results are under the "Our Collies" tab. Click on each parent's photo to view health results.
Sixty three days goes by so fast! Our puppies arrived on Sunday morning, We have four girls; one is a Tri Colour, one is a Tri Headed White, and two are Blue Merles. We have three boys; all are Tri Colours. Indi did very well delivering her first litter. It's amazing to see the natural instinct she has! Here are the puppies! All are genetically clear for collie diseases, and since Levi has one copy of the MDR1 gene, some puppies may possible inherit that one copy. DNA testing swabs have already been ordered and shipped from Paw Print Genetics. Results will be posted when we have them along with health results for both parents.You can also view Indi and Levi's DNA test results by clicking on their photos on our webpage under the "OUR COLLIES' tab. Puppies are reserved by waitlist. Applications are available on our website or you can contact us by FB Messenger. Parents are sire Buffalo Creek Levi's Promise at High Country, and dam is Indi - Planet K9 Kind of a Big Deal.
Indi had her puppy count Xray yesterday (April 24) Dr. Marco saw seven puppies, and I could easily make them out too. You look for the skull and trace the spine back from the skull. The photo I'm posting is marked up to show you where the puppies are. We're also giving you a little peak into our whelping preparations. The den/nest is darkened with black out fabric, and the blinds will be closed to eliminate as much light as possible. The fabric is clipped on to stay in place so it doesn't fall down on mamma and babies.
The cats will be banned from the whelping room starting today, as they're pretty mischievous and would love to poke their little paws where they don't belong! We have a warming box set up next to the weigh scale, and plenty of clean white towels ready to dry off the babies. Clamps and scissors along with iodine are ready to go. Calcium paste for mamma, and a few things for babies. Did you notice the bin filled with towels and rags? That's a digging box, so Indi can fulfill her instinctual need to dig. Its purposely set up next to the whelping pen so she can dig there without disrupting the babies.
The whelping pen isn't set up yet for whelping; we have yet to put in the vet fleece and that stack of eight hospital incontinence pads will be layered underneath Indi, and each time she delivers a puppy, the top pad will be removed, and Indi will be cleaned up and have a fresh pad for each subsequent puppy. May 2 is our expected date, stay tuned!
Its been a busy week! On Thursday, Indi had her ultrasound with Dr Marco, her repro vet specialist. He saw eight puppies, possibly nine! We will confirm the number with an Xray on April 24 when the spines and skulls have mineralized and can be seen and counted. Due date is estimated as May 2. Then we travelled to Red Deer, Alberta, for our first ever dog show and trials. We kept our dogs isolated from the other dogs - we had our own 10' x 10'corner space tucked up against two walls and brought our big metal crates for Indi and Levi to relax in.
Indi completed two qualifying runs of her Pre Novice Obedience, one on Friday and one on Sunday under the same judge. On Saturday's run, she stopped to sniff the pant leg of one ring steward who was acting as a post in the Figure 8 exercise. CKC uses people for posts: that serves as a distraction the dog must overcome. We need one more qualifying run for her to get the PCN title, and that will be postponed til July when her puppies have gone to their new homes.
Levi was shown in Conformation. There was only one other male collie showing alone in a different class and there were a total of five female collies. And on Sunday, Levi was the only male collie, so he came home with many ribbons but no points. It was a good learning experience for me, and for the collies as well. I've learned that Conformation is not as easy as it looks, but I want to give it a try for awhile, though my heart is actually set on Competition Obedience.
Happy times are coming to High Country! Indi is showing signs of pregnancy and her ultrasound is booked for March 30th. Soon we will have confirmation of pregnancy, but an actual puppy count will be determined by Xray a few weeks later, when the spines and skulls will be visible, making counting these precious little puppies more reliable. This litter will produce blue merle and tricolour puppies with the possibility of some colour headed whites. All puppies will be low risk for DMS, and genetically clear for CEA, DM, CN, PRA Rod Cone 2, and RIPD. Puppies will be clear or may inherit one copy of MDR1. The whole litter will be tested for MDR1 as soon as possible for those buyers who require clear status for their own kennel.
Our dog's health profiles are posted on our website here. There is a site map that takes you to all our pages. We are located in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, and yes, those are the Rocky Mountains behind us!
We're all a little sadder these days after losing our beautiful big sable merle boy Commanche to bloat on March 7. I wrote about it on our High Country FB page. Indi and Levi are expecting a litter at the end of April, so new life will be keeping all of us busy soon, and Indi and I will be occupied taking care of her first litter. This photo is the last one I took of Commanche. It almost looks likes he is kissing Levi goodbye. Their morning games of tug were such fun for them! I still remember the day Commanche officially accepted Levi into the pack; he brought him a tug toy and taught him how it's done.
There’s nothing like a sunny day in the winter to bring out the best in the collies. Enjoy our photos!