If you are looking to acquire a Scotch Collie puppy please remember that they are still a rare and endangered breed and as such there may not always be a suitable dog available for purchase. Many times buyers either have to wait several months for a litter to be available in their part of the country to pay to have a dog shipped from the other side of the country. Here are a few sources for Scotch Collie or farm collie puppies.
Currently Available Puppies
Other good resources to check for pups include…
- List of registered Old-Time Scotch Collie litters, updated weekly.
- Old-Time Scotch Collie Association breeders map, find a breeder in your area.
- Scotch Collie Puppy waiting list, a monthly email newsletter announcing OTSCA registered puppies available.
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Scotch Collie puppies, like most puppies, are cute and a lot of fun, but getting a new dog is a big decision that should not be made frivolously. The information on this page will help you to know what to expect with a Scotch Collie puppy and give you the tools to make an educated decision about bringing a new farm collie puppy into your home.
Scotch Collie temperament
Scotch Collies are extremely people oriented so the best behavior will be achieved when you can spend a great deal of time with your puppy. On the other hand you will see the worst possible behavior happened when they are separated from their people for long periods of time. Which is why I often recommend end a farm collie puppy to families where someone is frequently around the house during the day. Homeschool families or work from home households have been especially successful in raising Scotch Collie puppies.
Some Scotch Collies can be particularly defensive of the home, barking at and distrustful of strangers, this behavior may not be observable in Scotch Collie puppies but tends to manifest itself as the dog approaches maturity.
Because they are so human oriented most Scotch Collies like to stay close to their families so generally won’t roam far. Preferring to be at your side or under your feet.
Some Scotch Collies are quite sensitive, requiring a gentle hand. J. Richard McDuffie had this to say about the breed “A harsh word can be as destructive as a clubbing, oftentimes. People who are loud and boisterous seldom have much success”.
Your results may vary, talk at length to any breeder of farm collie puppies you are considering about the temperament of the parents before you make a decision.
Normal Scotch Collie puppy behavior
Puppies are a handful and Scotch Collie puppies are no exception. You should expect to have items chewed up and to have accidents on the floor. A farm collie puppy will begin to mature and will be sexually mature at around one year of age. However full emotional maturity can take until two years of age. I have talked to many owners who, frustrated by puppy-like behavior in a one year old Scotch Collie get the dog fixed, assured that this is not the dog they would ever choose to breed. Then some time later when the dog fully matures, they say that this is the best dog they have ever had and that they wish they could breed a litter from this amazing dog. The point is that you will need to be patient, your Scotch Collie puppy will take at least two years to become the best dog you ever had, maybe even longer.
Shots, illnesses and precautions
A new farm collie puppy needs to have shots, it may already have some when you get it from the breeder or it may not, ask the breeder to know what shots your puppy has had. Plan on taking your new puppy to the vet for a checkup and shots as soon as possible, you will then be able to ensure that you have received a healthy puppy and you can see what vaccinations and other treatments your vet recommends.
Scotch Collie puppies do not have many serious health complications to watch out for but there are a few, listed below are the main illnesses that can be a problem and the necessary precautions.
- Collie eye anomaly is a genetic disease which is extremely rare in the Old-Time Scotch Collie breed. It can only effect a dog’s vision if both parents are carriers of the gene. A DNA test can check for the offending gene.
- MDR1 is another genetic disease that is fairly common in Scotch Collie puppies. This malady renders the dog more sensitive to the negative effects of certain medications including ivermectin, a popular de-worming treatment. Vets have alternative medications they can use for MDR1 effected dogs. A DNA test can check for this issue.
- Hip dysplasia is a rare disorder among Scotch Collies that can affect the dog’s mobility, making it harder or painful to get around. The tests for hip dysplasia can be hard on a dog and carry a degree of controversy. This issue can be inherited but can also arise from injuries. It is best to do your due diligence on any puppy you are considering, meeting both parents if possible and getting answers about family health issues.
If you are considering getting your dog DNA tested we recommend and use Embark, you can purchase the kit for that test by following this link.
Selecting the right puppy
Decisions, decisions, decisions! After some searching around you will no doubt find farm collie puppies for sale in a wide range of colors, personality and types. Because they are a landrace breed (check out this article I wrote about what that means) Scotch Collies are genetically diverse. First of all you should have some idea of what you would like in a dog, some suitable questions might be;
Do I want a dog that will…
- Bark at strangers
- Be active
- Lay about
- Make friends easily
- Be sensitive to human needs and emotions
- Go hunting with me
- Herd livestock
- Live in the city
- Live on acreage
- Get along with other animals
Ask questions of the farm collie puppy breeder you are considering, if possible go meet the breeder and see their dogs on their home turf. If the breeder lives in another part of the country perhaps they can send video of their dog so you can get a better idea about the behavior and temperament of the parents.
Your puppy will probably grow up to be similar to the parents so asking good questions and getting to know about both the sire and dam will help you to know the type of dog you are getting and what you should expect as your puppy matures. Doing your homework, asking lots of questions and thinking hard before will help to make sure that this Scotch Collie puppy is getting a forever home.
Farm Collie Puppy Registration
If you want to make sure your puppy is registered as a Scotch Collie you should ensure that both parents are registered with the Old-Time Scotch Collie Association, that is the only club maintaining bloodlines of the real Scotch Collies as true as possible to the old dogs. You can check a dog’s registration status with the OTSCA by going to this link.
Where to find Scotch Collie puppies
Below are the best places on the internet to find good Scotch Collie puppies.