***WE CURRENTLY HAVE NO PUPPIES AVAILABLE AND NO IMMEDIATE PLANS***
Philosophy: At Creekside, we don't have a kennel full of "brood bitches". Our dogs enjoy an active life on the trial field and off. That is why we won't breed our bitches more than 3 times in their life, and try to space litters well apart. Dogs considered for breeding must have proven themselves as sensible working dogs on the trial field or off - and this doesn't mean chasing sheep into a corner to show "herding instinct"! Usually we wait until a dog has progressed up to the Open class (USBCHA) or equivalent working skill.
We stand behind every breeding:
We have kept, raised, trained and trialed a pup from every cross we've bred. (We have not had any "oops" litters/accidental breedings)
Dogs remain in our family until they go to the Bridge.
We provide written health guarantees, but try to go above and beyond should an unforeseen health problem develop in any of our pups.
We provide lifetime support; offer free lifetime training help for any pup we've bred.
Physical and mental health of breeding dogs: Dogs used for breeding are OFA (or equivalent) certified free of Hip Dysplasia and eyes are ophthalmologist cleared in the breeding year. Additional DNA testing is done via Optigen or Pawprint Genetics. Prior to breeding, the potential dam gets a full veterinary workup, including titer tests (at a minimum parvo and distemper), a brucellosis test and a Snap Test (to be sure they are negative for tick born disease and heartworm prior to carrying puppies). VISIT THE HEALTH PAGE FOR DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT OUR DOGS AND PUPPIES.
Potential parents are always of sound temperament and have proven themselves as working dogs. Since 2006 all Creekside dogs are fed a natural raw, prey model diet for optimum health and puppies are weaned to raw.
Rearing puppies: Puppies raised at Creekside are whelped in a quiet area of the house. We love our Thermawhelp system, which allows the puppies to lie on a warmer surface if they feel like it. Puppies are then raised in a relatively high traffic area so that they quickly become accustomed to the goings on of life with a pack of dogs, cats, people coming and going etc. As newborns we perform the exercises for Early Neurological Stimulation until their eyes are open, and then the real fun begins! Puppies get to play with all kinds of toys and are allowed to romp on many different surfaces including a wobble board and crinkly tunnels, slippery linoleum and rough boards etc. We interact with them constantly to encourage play with humans and enjoy games of tug and fetch (well, puppy versions of fetch anyways). They are introduced to all walks of life including "rented" kids, elderly people, and us disguised in scary hats and coats etc. They interact daily with the "big kids" (adult dogs) to learn about bite inhibition and doggy language and rules.
From about 4 weeks, the puppies get the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of the farm, with outside play and time spent in the barn where they learn about sheep sounds and smells, noise from the tractor and other equipment. Even our winter litters get playtime outside - where they romp under our supervision, often with the whole pack of adult dogs. At about 7 1/2 weeks, we temperament test the litter with the help of another experienced, unbiased person - and take the results with a (large) grain of salt! In our experience, the same puppy can test differently in two separate instances depending on time of day, how close to nap time/play time/feeding time.
Generally, after spending so much time with the puppies, we know their personalities pretty well by now! However, some people like to know the results of the puppy tests. We use a combined test of the Volhard PAT test and the PAWS working dog test. Generally, we match puppies with the appropriate homes and do our best to be sure each carefully screened potential puppy owner gets the puppy that will hopefully best suit their lifestyle, planned activities and competitive goals. To see more of how we raise our puppies, visit the Creekside Puppy Blog.
We know that all puppies are a gamble! But we help reduce the odds by breeding talented, good tempered and healthy parents, and helping as much as possible with their early socialization.
Spay and Neuter: It is our goal to keep our carefully bred working dogs' bloodlines undiluted by "show" and/or "sport" lines, therefore every puppy from Creekside who’s future includes anything but a serious focus on stock work MUST be spayed or neutered at a suitable age*. (RARE exceptions will be made for talented working dogs who may also wish to compete in other dogsports.) In addition, the AKC/CKC herding programs do NOT, in our opinion, test the ultimate abilities of a well-bred working Border Collie. Supplemental Spay/Neuter agreements or Breeding Agreements will be added to the standard Puppy Contract.
*We recommend spaying or neutering after 14 months of age, once the dog reaches maturity. Larger males may not be fully developed until age 3.
What about a Rescue? If an adult dog interests you, please visit our Rescue Pages! Not all Border Collies in rescue situations have irreversible emotional baggage. There are loads of super dogs waiting to be adopted! If you have been approved as a Creekside puppy owner but decide to go the rescue route, we will be happy to provide referrals to any rescue organization, or help you search for that special dog.