Looking to buy a Collie?
Bringing a Collie into your home is both a joy and, like with any dog, a lot of responsibility. If you have decided that a Collie is right for you, planning ahead can get you and your new family member off to a good start.
Puppy vs. adult
Seeing a litter of Collie puppies brings a smile to your face. Usually available at 8 weeks old, these cute bundles of fur are friendly, inquisitive, and playful. It is also fun to see a variety of colors and coats in a Collie litter: sable, tri-color, blue merle, and white colors on rough and smooth coated puppies.
If the responsibility of raising and training a puppy is more than you want, some breeders may have adult Collies available. Usually these are show quality dogs still in their prime that have been used for breeding but whose career in the show ring or breeding program is over. Finding a loving home for these prized Collies allows the breeder to focus on the next generation of dogs.
What are you looking for in a Collie?
People looking for a dog usually already have in mind the age and sex they want for their new companion. When getting a Collie, you also have other choices to make, based on personal preference. Things to consider when looking for a Collie:
- Sex: male or female?
- Age: puppy or adult?
- Coat type: Rough or Smooth?
- Color: Sable, Tri-Color, Blue Merle, or White?
- Goals for your dog: show ring, performance (agility, obedience, herding, etc.), and/or as a companion?
Frequently throughout the year, members of Overlake Collie Club have Collie puppies or adult dogs available or there are litters on the way. Puppies are usually available at 8 weeks of age.
All reputable breeders have a screening process to ensure their dogs go to responsible, loving homes. When contacting breeders, be prepared to discuss not only what you are looking for, but also information about yourself, past history with Collies or other dog breeds, and the home you will be providing to your new dog. Most breeders will also discuss the contracts which they require purchasers to sign.
When talking to Collie breeders, you should also have a list of your own questions to ask particularly if this is your first Collie. Beyond learning about their experience breeding Collies and information about the litter, you can use this as an opportunity to get recommendations on feeding, grooming and training.
Finding an available Collie puppy or adult
If you are interested in getting a Collie, please contact us! Members of Overlake Collie Club will gladly help you find your new Collie and give advice and information to get you started.
For help finding a Collie, please contact us: Breederfirstname.lastname@example.org
For further information:
“Things to consider before getting a dog” – American Kennel Club
“New Puppy Owner’s Checklist” – American Kennel Club
“Questions To Ask Your Breeder” – American Kennel Club