BC BREEDER REFERRAL CENTRAL
The Border Collie Breeder Referral Program was organized as a service to
Border Collie community, Border Collie breeders and buyers.
Our goals are to:
buyers regarding their choice of a Border Collie.
Help direct buyers to responsible,
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The Breeder Referral program is a service offered by the Border Collie Society
of America (BCSA). Participation requires that the breeder be a member of the
BCSA. The BCSA
Breeder Referral Directory itself is very
informative and should be valuable in guiding buyers to breeders who are
responsible and who are breeding dogs that fit their needs.
The breeders are listed alphabetically by name or kennel name and state.
The activities they participate in with their dogs, and the health
testing they routinely perform is listed. These
are only a guide. We suggest to
buyers that they screen the breeders to the best of their ability, as inclusion
in this list is not a guarantee of the breeder’s reputation, or the qualities
of the dogs they produce. Keep in
mind that a responsible breeder will screen you as closely (or more so!) than
you will screen them.
POINTS OF GUIDANCE:
Keep in mind that very few (if any)
pedigrees are clear of all health issues.
A responsible breeder conducts numerous health tests and makes the
results of those tests available to buyers.
Buyers should be shown the actual veterinary certifications or
statements of testing. There are many different types of tests available to
dog breeders. It is up to the individual breeder and buyer to form their
own opinions on the efficacy of the individual certifications and testing.
For example, if a dog is said to have been tested and found free of
Canine Hip Dysplasia the evaluation should have been done by one of the
three hip certification organizations; OFA,
GDC, or PennHip.
It is not the desire of the Breeder Referral committee to determine
which is more reliable or more desirable.
Participation in activities either
directly by the breeder or with owners/handlers on dogs the breeder has
produced, gives an indication of the potential soundness and stability of
those dogs. It is not a guarantee, but does suggest that the breeders
dogs can perform these tasks and may have the aptitudes needed for them.
It is also indicative of the fact that the breeder has goals in
his/her breeding program. It can also guide the buyer in the focus and
activity level a specific line may have.
Responsible breeders limit the
number of litters they produce each year, and are conscientious about where
their puppies are placed. While
it is not the intention of this committee to give an ideal upper or lower
number of litters that a responsible breeder produces in a year, an average
guide is 1-4 litters. Be wary
of breeders producing too many litters as they are directly or indirectly
contributing to the dog population problem.
The breeders dogs, and specifically
the parents and relatives of the puppy/litter you are considering should fit
the needs you have in a dog. Although
quality does not always beget quality, there is some truth to the saying
“the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree”.
AKC requires that breeders place
puppies with written contracts. However
written or spoken, the breeder should cover any requirements they have well
in advance of placing a puppy with you.
Note that responsible breeders often
have a waiting list for puppies. It
is usually worth the wait. Be
prepared to go through a screening process and a waiting period before
locating a Border Collie puppy. Although
you may want a puppy “today”, or have an “ideal” time in mind to
bring your puppy home, keep in mind that finding a puppy who’s aptitude
and energy level most closely fits your lifestyle, a puppy from health
tested parents, a puppy who has been given a good start in life, is far more
important than the time you bring the puppy home.
Although certain times of the year such as a vacation time, might be
more conducive to your schedule, a Border Collie will be a part of your life
for the next 12-16 years. Although
it is nice for the owner to be home 24/7 during the puppies first few weeks,
it is not necessary for the puppy. In
fact, many trainers recommend that you get the puppy started on it’s
regular routine from day one. If
you can’t take the time or spend the money to buy from a responsible
breeder, please consider instead a rescue rather than purchasing from a pet
shop, farm, or back yard breeder.
Feel free to contact the listed
co-chairs of this committee with any questions you may have, or for further
guidance in locating a Border Collie.