Thank you for visiting our Burlywood Collies page. We are located in the beautiful wine-growing region of the South Livermore Valley, east of the San Francisco Bay. We have owned, trained, exhibited and bred Collies since 1981. We are proud of our family of Collies which consists of AKC Champions and performance titleholders.
The pedigrees of our Collies go back to several top U.S. Collie kennels. We work basically with the Parader type, beginning with dogs from the Arrowhill line. During subsequent years, we added the Twin Creeks line, using the more contemporary families of Executive, Highcroft, Fantasy and Overland.
In 2005, the AKC granted registration of our kennel name, “Burlywood,” and in 2011 we received admission into the AKC Breeder of Merit program.
Our collie puppies that are placed as pets receive care identical to those destined for the show-ring. They receive inoculations, they are wormed, they are micro-chipped with the HomeAgain chip, and all are checked by a veterinary ophthalmologist for the presence of hereditary eye disease. Our active breeding stock has now been DNA-tested for PRA and DMS. We support health screening of all breeding stock. Our dogs are OFA hip and elbow x-rayed, they are tested for normal cardiac and thyroid function, as well as for the MDR-1 gene (causes sensitivity to certain drugs). Test results for our collies are listed on the OFA search page.
Our puppies are raised in a home environment. They are socialized and exposed to situations which they must become accustomed to as adults, such as car rides, household noises, and being groomed and handled. We apply many of the Puppy Culture early training protocols and try to make the transition from our home to the puppy’s new home as stress-free as possible.
We do have puppies available occasionally. We breed to continually improve our stock in order to produce a Collie which is physically and mentally sound, one which is a proper representative of the breed, and one which would be a joy to own. The Collie’s beauty, intelligence, trainability, sensitivity, gentleness and trustworthiness makes for an ideal family pet.