Collies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

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  1. Spiritwind

    Spiritwind New Member

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    A couple 4 wk old photos of smoothies. Taken today, they will be 4 wks tomorrow. I TRIED to get all of them in the photo, but that didn't work out to well lol

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    Blue girl trying to escape
     
  2. stafinois

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    I will admit, my favorites are the blue merles, and the tricolors second. I'm not a huge fan of the sables, so that's probably the color that I'd end up with.
     
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    I should also mention that it will be some time before I am serious about buying a pup, I'm thinking 3 to 5 years.

    Just found out last night that Harry's grandmother just passed away at 16. I won't tell my husband. It will just depress him to think about 10 more years with Harry.
     
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    It's funny, in smooths sables are usually my favorite color. I think there isn't a cuter puppy out there than a sable smooth collie puppy at 6-8 wks old. OMG, they just melt me. Their little mask starts to come in and their ears are starting to go up... SO adorable! in my opinion.

    However, I LOVE this blue smooth bitch puppy in my litter (the one trying to escape!) every time I look at the babies, I am drawn to her. Plus she is feisty and I like them that way!!! not that the others aren't too.

    Also.. my "sable" puppies are actually sable merles.

    As far as roughs go, Blue merles and tri-colors are my favorite color, but I love mahogany sables as well!!
     
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    I'm trying to hold off for another year or two, too. But it's so hard! I think a collie might be a great fit for me (and Bailey!). :)

    I love the puppy pictures! The little guy on the left in the second picture is killing me.

    Thanks so much for the information, Spiritwind!
     
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    The sable pups ARE cute! I could be drawn in by a sable merle with blue eyes easily. I'm a sucker for blue eyes.

    But again, a good dog is whatever color it happens to be. When I got my AmStaf, I told the breeder that I didn't want a red or fawn. She'd only ever produced blacks and blues, and his parents were a black and a blue. I figured that I was stacking the deck in my favor. He was the only fawn in the litter. The breeder had two more litters before she passed away, both of which consisted of only blacks. Today people are still skeptical when I tell them where I got him, as he's the wrong color for that kennel.
     
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    Oh I agree.. I wouldn't pick a dog based on color. A good Collie can't be a bad color!!

    Though I will pass on the sable merle with blue eyes LOL I'm hoping mine have mostly dark eyes. I prefer dark eyes on blues as well.
     
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    I have to admit, though I was very happy to see Amos (sable smoothie) was available when I first checked out Moxie Collies, I was kind of wishing (to myself) a tri-color would be available. And then *poof* I was offered Logan :rofl1: I adore Tris, but I also love merles of any color.
     
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    Think you could share? :confused:
     
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    poor Harry... lol

    A friend of mine breeds smoothies for show, she keeps trying to convince me I need one of them lol
     
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    Is she planning a breeding anytime soon????
     
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    colliewog Collies&Terriers, Oh My!

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    I've been gone awhile (lots going on here) but thought I'd pop in and say "Hi" since this is a collie post! I'll agree with what the others have posted, although energy level varies more from bloodline to bloodline ... there are a lot of couch potato Collies out there these days. (Thankfully not mine!)

    Healthwise, your main concerns are eye problems (Collie Eye Anomaly and PRA), hip dysplasia, MDR1 (drug sensitivity) and hypothyroidism.

    Lizzy - pm me. I have a friend with a new litter of sable smooths, all DNA-ed CEA non-carriers and maybe MDR1 normal/normal too.
     
  13. stafinois

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    I don't need a couch potato. I just want less intensity than my working bred Malinois. Or rather, that's what my husband wants!
     
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    colliewog Collies&Terriers, Oh My!

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    I wasn't pushing that trait ... that's the ruination of the breed IMO ... I just meant to watch out for it so you DON'T get it. ;) If you're used to a Mal, a dull Collie is going to be a HUGE disappointment.
     
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    My husband and I finally agreed that a Collie will be the next family dog. We are hoping to add a smooth male pup next spring/summer. Now, the hunt for puppy begins.
     

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