We have a few home-bred border collie puppies available. The father is Ezra, who's produced some high-achieving agility dogs and excellent sheepdogs from his three previous litters.
The puppies (all male) were born on May 27th and will be ready to leave here on, or around, July 22nd. They will be ISDS registered and microchipped.
Both parents are rough coated, but with medium or smooth coats among their ancestors it's no surprise to find a mixture of coats among the puppies.
There will be a choice between a rough coated tricolour, a rough coated black and white and two medium coated black and white (we don't mind who we keep). All the puppies are bold, healthy and independent, with outgoing, adventurous but affectionate temperaments. Just like their parents, in fact.
Please enquire by email for more information (no exports) or if you'd like to come to see them. Both parents are here, as well as other family members.
We're expecting these lovely little dogs to be high drive personalities (like their father)!
This is Jet, one of Kay and Oliver's pups. Jet has the most wonderful ears we've seen on a border collie for a long time. She clearly inherited them from her mother!
Of course, when the need arises, Jet's "radar" ears can be folded away for going under low things like this old tree stump that the dogs love to play beneath.
At around five months of age, Jet is already showing all the signs of being a very useful sheepdog.
She has a natural instinct to calmly go around the sheep and bring them to the handler. She'll happily flank in both directions and has the confidence to go between the sheep and a fence. Once she's fast enough to "head" the sheep if they're running away, Jet's formal training will begin.
Yesterday's routine trip to Dean Farm turned out to be more challenging than I expected when first Carew had to gather thirty ewes with lambs which were mixed up with an equal number of young cattle, and then she had to return some renegade calves to the field they'd escaped from.
Gathering the ewes and lambs was no problem in itself until a group of excited cattle came to see what was going on. Carew drove them away from the sheep but then they paid rather too much attention to the Honda 4x4.
The cattle were persistent and excited, refusing to move away from the Honda but Carew bravely stood up to them.
The cattle were eventually driven away from the vehicle when Carew took it upon herself to become more assertive.
One of the ewes was very aggressive towards Carew but she stood up to it bravely and the sheep moved down the farm drive and into the yard without much fuss.
As we brought the small flock into the yard, I noticed that one of them had produced a very late lamb. Here Carew keeps the sheep in place while I secure the gate.
Once the sheep were gathered, John asked me whether Carew might be able to return some calves to the field they had escaped from while he was feeding them earlier. In this picture, Carew is bravely facing a calf which is refusing to move.
The calves were in a high state of excitement, but Carew managed to re-group them and move them towards the field they came from.
Eventually the small herd of calves headed back to their field and the somewhat exhausted Carew had a large drink and a well deserved rest.
For such a small animal to be undaunted by these large creatures which can kill a dog with just one kick, never ceases to amaze me.