What colour should a Border Collie be?
My friends and family are tired of me telling the story of the person who had applied for a puppy from the A-Z Litter when I had the two remaining black and white boys remaining. They rang before they came to say that they didn’t want this one because they were looking for a ‘classic collie’. This photo of him (taken by Bridget Davey Photography) went on to feature in a magazine article on Border Collies, as it was a great example of the breed. Lol.
This morning I was asked if I would be charging more for Ounce’s puppies if they are lilac and white, like her. I said I would not do that, because for me, others factors are more important in determining who has which puppy, as I have said elsewhere.
Yesterday I received an enquiry for a ‘brown’ puppy. I very snobbishly replied that I breed chocolate and white or red and white, not brown. Of course deciding whether a border collie should be red or chocolate is a bit of a matter of opinion. Both Sunny and Luna are registered as red and white, because I didn’t realise chocolate was an option. Now I know that reds are much lighter, like Charlie (who is registered as a chocolate :p).
Apart from a few reds, I have produced chocolate and whites, black and whites and four chocolate merles, here demonstrated by Nell, Lyra and Jumble.
The only other colour I have had is the gorgeous Chester – my blue boy.
The Kennel Club lists the following colours for Border Collies:
|Black & white||Blue & white||Chocolate/ Red & white||Lilac & white|
Gold (otherwise known as EE red) can occur with all these variations, as can Slate.
Other colours: Cream, Seal Source: Kennel Club BC colours
Someone on Facebook, Wonderful World of Border Collies, shared this infographic with me:
Amazing isn’t it? I put a post into TheBorderCollieGroup which generated a huge response – lovely! Personally, I don’t care what they look like, as long as they are healthy, happy dogs. Of course that is easy for me to say when I own the MOST BEAUTIFUL PUPPY IN THE WORLD!
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