Time to Shake, Rattle, and Roll!
Annie (left) will be one of our new "Rough" foundation bitches here. We loves what she brings to the table both in confirmation and health. She will be getting additional testing done this spring. We have worked years to get here. We are very proud of our achievement and our look in many of our current, and up and coming.
There are some who would criticize and tell us to stop worrying about the little things like CEA. (example) Some would say since this isn't a progressive disease, it justifies the breeding of two affected dogs to get "the look" desired in the confirmation ring. We just cannot (in our own program) allow this pairing.
On occasion, since we do work to clean some lines, we have a dog who is CEA affected. We firmly believe all lines are important to the Collie breed. So we match this CEA affected dog to a CEA clear mate. All of the puppies will then be carrier of 1 copy and not 2 copies of the gene. In order to be CEA affected, a dog must have 2 copies of the gene. Thus the offspring of this match would never have to worry about being CEA affected. This makes sense to us, to our veterinarian's, and when used in conjunction with considering all other things has made us feel like we are making a difference for the Collie breed.
Our ability to improve our program comes with each new test available to us, and also by recognizing a puppy who stands out from the rest, and keeping this puppy to watch grow.
We will be adding testing in 2023 that we feel will greatly improve our confidence in doing our due diligence for you and our dogs.
We will be adding the following procedures/testing to our program:
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