Buyer Info

As with any hobby breeder that loves her breed, raising and caring for Collies is a labor of LOVE.  Our collies are members of our family, and we appreciate each of them for their special beauty and unique personalities. They are a big part of our lives everyday. We have selected collies to show and breed from top collie families that we most admire. We are proud of our collies and the great dogs in their pedigrees. Our goal is to perpetuate beautiful, glamorous show collies with good temperaments, and good health. Our adults and puppies have been checked by a vet ophthalmologist for CEA status. We have also cleared our collies of PRA, by parentage, or Optigen testing. As suggested by the Collie Health Foundation, we are also obtaining our collies MDR1 status. We do additional testing as needed.

We have an average of two litters a year –which are often co-bred with show breeder friends. Our puppies get a general health check, and an eye check before leaving us. Most of our pet puppies go to new homes at about nine weeks of age. None leave before they are eight weeks old. Show prospect puppies are usually selected at 10-12 weeks of age. Pet puppies are sold with AKC limited registration and a spay/neuter agreement. Puppies only go to new owners after a face to face meeting with us, so that we can get acquainted, and the prospective owners can see their puppy. 

We don’t produce a lot of puppies. Because there is more demand for quality puppies than I can supply, I am very happy to refer collie lovers looking for a puppy to other like-minded breeders I know.  Good people that love collies – able to provide them a good home, should be able to get a beautiful puppy.

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I had to borrow this excellent post from Facebook. It is right on!

( Buyer Info questions are listed after the article.)

 

I don’t want a show dog; I just want a pet.

by on July 13, 2010, 101 comments

 

This is one of the most pervasive sentiments that puppy buyers, especially families, express when they’re looking for a dog. What they really mean, of course, is that they don’t want a show BREEDER – don’t want to pay the high price they think show breeders charge, don’t want to go through the often-invasive interview process, and think that they’re getting a better deal or a real bargain because they can get a Lab for $300 or a Shepherd for $150.

I want you to change your mind. I want you to not only realize the benefits of buying a show-bred dog, I want you to INSIST on a show-bred dog. And I want you to realize that the cheap dog is really the one that’s the rip-off. And then I want you to go be obnoxious and, when your workmate says she’s getting a puppy because her neighbor, who raises them, will give her one for free, or when your brother-in-law announces that they’re buying a goldendoodle for the kids, I want you to launch yourself into their solar plexus and steal their wallets and their car keys.

Here’s why:

If I ask you why you want a Maltese, or a Lab, or a Leonberger, or a Cardigan, I would bet you’re not going to talk about how much you like their color. You’re going to tell me things about personality, ability (to perform a specific task), relationships with other animals or humans, size, coat, temperament, and so on. You’ll describe playing ball, or how affectionate you’ve heard that they are, or how well they get along with kids.

The things you will be looking for aren’t the things that describe just “dog”; they’ll be the things that make this particular breed unique and unlike other breeds.

That’s where people have made the right initial decision – they’ve taken the time and made the effort to understand that there are differences between breeds and that they should get one that at least comes close to matching their picture of what they want a dog to be. 

Their next step, tragically, is that they go out and find a dog of that breed for as little money and with as much ease as possible. 

You need to realize that when you do this, you’re going to the used car dealership, WATCHING them pry the “Audi” plate off a new car, observing them as they use Bondo to stick it on a ’98 Corolla, and then writing them a check and feeling smug that you got an Audi for so little. 

It is no bargain.

Those things that distinguish the breed you want from the generic world of “dog” are only there because somebody worked really hard to get them there. And as soon as that work ceases, the dog, no matter how purebred, begins to revert to the generic. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a good dog – the magic and the blessing of dogs is that they are so hard to mess up, in their good souls and minds, that even the most hideously bred one can still be a great dog – but it will not be a good Shepherd, or good Puli, or a good Cardigan. You will not get the specialized abilities, tendencies, or talents of the breed.

If you don’t NEED those special abilities or the predictability of a particular breed, you should not be buying a dog at all. You should go rescue one. That way you’re saving a life and not putting money in pockets where it does not belong. 

If you want a purebred and you know that a rescue is not going to fit the bill, the absolute WORST thing you can do is assume that a name equals anything. They really are nothing more than name plates on cars. What matters is whether the engineering and design and service department back up the name plate, so you have some expectation that you’re walking away with more than a label. 

Keeping a group of dogs looking and acting like their breed is hard, HARD work. If you do not get the impression that the breeder you’re considering is working that hard, is that dedicated to the breed, is struggling to produce dogs that are more than a breed name, you are getting no bargain; you are only getting ripped off. 

 

If you are  interested in a puppy from Tairis Collies please answer our puppy buyer questions and email them to Debbie at:  tairiscollies@yahoo.com

 

TAIRIS COLLIES QUESTIONNAIRE

 

How did you hear about us?


What is your first and last name?


 What is your address?


Are you at least 18 years of age? Y/N


Spouse’s or significant other’s name?


Any children in the home? If yes, give ages.


Please tell us about your family.


What type of home do you live in? (house, mobile home, apartment)


Do you own your home?


If you rent, do you have the landlord’s permission to have a pet?


Are there other animals in the home? Y/N if yes, type of animal and ages.


Do you have a securely fenced yard? Y/N


Are your pets allowed in the house? Y/N


Are your current pets spayed and/or neutered? Y/N


 What attracted you to collies?


What kind of things do you want to do with your collie?


Do you have an interest in breeding, showing, obedience, agility, herding, service work, or just need a great friend?


 Do you prefer a male or female?


Do you have a color preference? sable, tricolor, blue merle, white, or doesn’t matter


Do you want a rough or smooth coated collie?  Rough (long coat), Smooth (short coat)


Do you prefer a puppy or an adult?


If your answer is puppy, are you prepared for the work involved in raising a puppy?


Have you ever owned a collie? If yes, please describe.


What kind of activity level would you prefer in a collie? Couch potato, very energetic, or something in-between?


Will you groom your collie weekly? (Brushing him/her head to toe, and trimming nails.) Are you willing to deal with seasonal and hormonal shedding?


What factors are the most important to you when selecting your collie?


Where will your dog stay when it is hot,  cold or rainy?


Have you ever lost an animal to poisoning, or had one hit by car?  If yes, please describe what happened.


Have you ever lost a dog,  or turned an animal over to rescue/humane society, or dog pound? If yes, please explain.


If you were no longer able to keep this collie, what would you do?


Where will the collie be kept when you are not home?


Do you have a veterinarian for routine and emergency animal care? If so, please list the clinic name, address and phone number


Are your aware that many collies are sensitive to drugs containing Ivermectin, Immodium, and other drugs? Y/N


Are you familiar with collie eye anomaly?


What do you plan to feed your puppy, or adult collie?


What do you expect to pay for a collie puppy/adult?


If you want to get a collie from us, would you agree for us to visit your home, or have another collie friend visit with you at your home prior to purchase?


Thank you. Please email your answers at your convenience to:  tairiscollies@yahoo.com   Brief answers are fine.


We sell all of our pet puppies and adults with a spay/neuter contract and a health guarantee. We will take back any dog we have bred for his or her lifetime if you are unable to keep them.


 We hope that any and every puppy we place will be the beginning of a friendship. We want to serve as a resource, and welcome your comments and questions. We always want to know how every puppy or adult we have bred is doing.

One Response to “Buyer Info”

  1. Becky Murray says:

    YEAH!!!!!! BRIDGET

    I hope my name is on at least one. If so, when do I send my deposit. Really excited.

    Becky

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