Why a Ballyhara Puppy?
Bringing a pet into your life is a serious commitment which requires a great deal of thought and research. Ideally your Collie will be a valued member of your family for up to 14 years. We have worked for decades to ensure that Ballyhara Collies are free of genetic diseases and temperament issues. Though every Collie is different, every Ballyhara Collie will be a loyal, intelligent, loving companion that you can be assured will be perfectly suited to a family with multiple children living on an acreage or a single retiree living in the city, and everything in between. When you contact us, we will have many, many questions for you. Please know, that this is only to ensure that a Ballyhara puppy will be the right fit for you and your family. We breed very few litters, and the lifelong well-being of each and every Collie born at Ballyhara is of utmost importance to us.
Every Ballyhara Collie puppy is examined by a canine ophthalmologist and a canine cardiologist prior to joining their new family. All breeding stock are screened for multiple additional health issues before entering our breeding program. Great advances are being made in genetic health screening, and we will continue to explore health screening options as they become available. Additionally, all puppies receive all required vaccinations according to the Dr. Jean Dodd’s protocol.
Every Ballyhara Collie puppy also is placed under a contract which guarantees the puppy to be free of genetic health issues, requires the puppy to be spayed or neutered, and requires that the puppy be returned to us if for any reason the new owner can no longer care for him or her.
Occasionally, we have adult Collies available. This can be a perfect option for someone that doesn’t have the time (or desire) to housebreak a puppy or live through the “puppy stage!”
We also encourage everyone to look into Collie rescue. There are many Collies that need a second chance at a happy life! We will be happy to provide you with the contact information for your local Collie rescue, or you can click on the following links,
Please do not acquire a Collie puppy from a pet store or a breeder that is not a member of the Collie Club of America no matter how cute! No responsible breeder would ever sell their puppies to a third party to sell. Purchasing a puppy from a pet store supports horrendous puppy mills and unscrupulous "breeders" where dogs are a commodity whose only value is in dollars. The parents of these puppies are kept in horrific conditions, and they lead a tortured life. All members of the Collie Club of America are required to abide by a code of ethics that helps to weed out unethical breeders who are seeking only to make a profit. As responsible breeders, I can assure you that we do not make a profit. When the cost of health screenings, veterinary care, high quality feed and supplements, training classes, breeding fees, and a million other unexpected fees are calculated, this is a very costly hobby and we are fortunate if we recoup even half of our expenses. We do this for the betterment of the breed, and to ensure that families for generations to come can experience the joy of having a Collie in their life.
Unfortunately, there is much confusion about the role of the pure bred dog and responsible breeders in current media and culture. I am happy to discuss these issues with prospective Collie owners, but also recommend reading the following articles;