Q1 - How Many different colors of collies are there?
A1 - Collies come in a variety of colors. The most commonly recognized is:
SABLE and WHITE. - Like LASSIE. This Collie is primarily any one of many shades of brown, from pale gold to deep mahogany. White accents may be present on the face, neck, chest, legs, feet, underbelly and tail tip. There may be a lot of white or just a little.
The TRI-COLOR COLLIE - is primarily black with tan and white accents. The tan accents are along the sides of the muzzle and on the 'eyebrows'. Tan may also be present on the shoulders and hind legs, and under the tail. White is in the same places as the sable coat. Research has determined that this color was the original or first collie color. This color is very striking.
The BLUE MERLE COLLIE - is a soft gray color covering the back, sides & head of the dog with tan and white markings in the same places as the tri-color. There are patches and specks of black hair mixed in with the beautiful gray coat. The amount of black may be a large spot or spots of various sizes.
The SABLE MERLE COLLIE - looks like the sable Collie, except the sable part of the coat may have darker & lighter brown patches of hair mixed throughout the coat. Even white patches In most cases it is difficult to distinguish the adult sable merle coat from a non-merle sable unless you look very carefully .
A little about Merle Coat Patterns: Merled coat patterns are genetic dilutions of the Sable coat or the Tri-color coat, producing the Sable Merle or the Blue Merle Defects DO NOT occur when the breedings are Blue Merle or Sable Merle to Sable or Tri-color. Merling is a dilution gene that causes tri-color to become blue merle and sable to become sable merle.
Sable Merles & Blue Merles may have flecks of blue in one or both eyes or have one or both eyes totally blue.. This is acceptable in merle colored dogs
The WHITE COLLIE has the same color on it's head as a sable, a tri-color, a blue merle or sable merle. The body may be all white or mostly white with spots of color, which always match the color of the head. A white Collie should have approximately 85% white on his body . Years ago the white collie pups were euthanized directly upon birth. It was thought that a sheep would not be intimidated by a dog nearly its same size which was mostly white like them. Thank goodness this is no longer the belief. White Collies are still not nearly as common as the other colors. though now it is an AKC recognized Collie color.
Q2 - What is the difference between limited or full AKC registration? Do you sell your puppies with AKC limited or full registration.
A2 - Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration. A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration shall be ineligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is eligible, however, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. These events include: Obedience, Tracking, Field Trials, Hunting Tests, Herding, Lure Coursing, Agility and Earthdog. Full Registration means that the dog and all litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration. A dog registered with an AKC Full Registration is eligible to be entered in a breed competition in a licensed or member dog show. It is also eligible, to be entered in any other licensed or member event. Our puppies listed and the prices posted are all Limited Registration. Occassionally, (on a case by case basis) we will sell a puppy with Full Registration rights.
A3 - YES - We use Delta Pet first out of Nashville International Airport. They ship to most major airports in the contential US. There are strict shipping rules and regulations of what time of day/temperature a puppy can fly and certain papers that must be filled out by a vetrinarian along with approved shipping crates. I also have rules as to the amount of layover time and transfers a puppy goes through. Remember I am keeping the welfare of your new best friend in mind. And we want him/her to arrive safely. We have a 100% success record with Delta Pet First. The additional cost to me for shipping the puppy is 80.00 for the crate and the veterinarian travel papers(required by law). You would add that to the cost posted for your puppy. The cost of the plane ticket for the puppy will be paid by you directly to the airline when you pick your puppy up at the destination airport. That cost varies based on weight of puppy, size of crate and destination. I can get an approximate quote but the actual cost would not be known until the puppy is checked in for his/her flight.