Border Collie ( not registered)
DoB: September 2015 (estimated)
HERDING INSTINCT: Moderate. A good dog to start a new herding hobby with.
ISSUES: Does NOT like kids - growls & does not avoid. Reserved with strangers. Some leash reactivity, especially in tighter spaces. Stiffens when surprised by unknown dogs, primarily males.
For more pictures of Andy, please visit his photo album on our facebook page.
Puppies (up to 1 yr old) $350
Young Adult (> 1 yr & < 4 yrs old) $300
Mature Adult (> 4 yrs & < 8 yrs old) $250
Senior Dogs (> 8 yrs old) DONATION
Adoption fees may increase if extensive training (herding or agility) has been put on them while in foster care. This will be noted, as well as the extent of the training, in their profiles.
A $100 non-refundable deposit required at time of approval, if adoption transfer date is delayed by request.
We reserve the right to waive any adoption fee for any reason.
Due to his known history & observed behaviours while in foster care, we are looking for an ADULT ONLY home. We will not put him into a home with young children (under 12 years). Families with older children MAY be considered, depending on the family's knowledge & experience with the breed.
Andy is a bit reserved when first meeting someone but if you have a toy, or treats, he has the time for you! He loves to play with his toys, especially the game of keep-away from the other dogs. If no one wants to play with him, he'll amuse himself with the toys. He likes his treats & responds well to reward based training.
He is very agile, in great shape & a very easy keeper. He loves to run but is not a chaser. He has a good recall & travels well. He is fine in a crate & a gentleman when loose in the house. He generally meets other dogs well, especially in open areas where he has the opportunity to see them & approach at his pace. If surprised by them or they rush his face, he meets them with ruff up. However, he responds very quickly to a verbal intervention & will be playing with the same dogs a few minutes later.
He has been around horses (& cattle) & is well behaved, showing no interest in chasing them. His first time on sheep was at our annual herding clinic & it did not take him long to turn on. He held a respectful distance to the group, bent off of pressure & was "nice" to the sheep (ie: didn't try to eat them). With more regular works, he would likely get keener.
Andy was owner surrendered ONLY because he could not be trusted around children other than the experienced owner's grandchildren.
The owners had worked very hard with Andy and a trainer, almost from the day they brought him home, to get him comfortable around the grandchildren. However, as they spent more & more time with the grandchildren, & the grandchildren were getting old enough to bring friends over to play, it was obvious that Andy hated any kids he didn't grow up with & managing his interactions all the time was stressful for everyone.