I had forgotten about the sheltie being a herding dog also, so yes you would be very familiar with this quirk in the breed. It's a tough thing to regulate. You might find your dogs try to herd each other ... I know mine do (and the cats!). Personally I favour Sable Mahogany ... all my collie have been that colour ... but I am getting rather more fond of Pure for Sable. Ennismoor had a nice tri male last year that, had I had the space, I would have taken in a heartbeat. He was gorgeous. Sass has done her duty as a breeding female. She's had three litters (the last two years ago and is where Abbey came from) -- for a total of 26 puppies. She was very prolific and a wonderful mother. We are planning to breed Abbey this year as soon as she comes into season. The breeder takes care of all of the details.
Are you looking at getting a male or female? If you're concerned about size then the female is the way to go as they tend to be smaller. Whatever you get it's sure to be an exciting summer and latter half of the year for you. Cheerz! Dorothy :-)
Hi Steve! Thanks for your note. I love my collies (I have two -- you can see photos on my Barnmice page) and have had this beautiful breed in my life since my childhood. My current collies were bred at Ennismoor Collies in Goodwood, ON, not far from the breeder you named. Collies are intelligent,well-tempered and elegant with a strong herding instinct. They're wonderful companions and my experience has been that they are happy dogs. Don't try to jog with them, however, they'll herd you. ;-) Good luck with your new pup. If you want to talk collie talk, you know where to find me ... Be well! Dorothy :-) (and Sass and Abbey -- collectively known as "the girlies.")