The Border Collie puppies are now 7 weeks old. We are very impressed with their temperaments and their desire to interact with people. They were all outgoing, with no shyness among them. They enjoyed the fox toy that I brought with us. One of the two males liked to take it off behind the tree, away from all the rest of the pups, and play with it by himself. He actually thought about arguing with us if we took it away from him to move him from the driveway. And let the other pups have a chance at playing with it. Several of them actually would go retrieve it and bring it back to the person playing with them. Our one friend was very taken with the one male pup with the blaze face and longest white tip of the tail. (She herself is a very accomplished agility handler.) She was playing with the little male pup, basically doing some very basic training like she would do to start an agility dog, by holding the pup and throwing the toy out in front of him. While she is holding him, she is encouraging him to get the toy. Then she lets him go with a simple “get it” command, and he raced to it and brought it back.
The little runt is still holding her own! In order to survive amongst her much bigger siblings, she has developed into a tough, somewhat independent little stinker, I had tossed around the idea of getting her, but we think she is a little too independent, and would quickly turn into a pseudo Rat Terrier. Also worried that at some time she may tangle with my Australian Shepherd female, who is a more dominant dog in the crew. I would lay her, baby fashion, on her back in the crook of my arm, and she would fight me like a little demon. She did NOT like being placed in a submissive position, whatsoever. With luck, we will find a home with someone who can acknowledge her independence and work with her, and who, preferably, doesn’t have any other dogs and can give her top quality attention and training.
There are 2 males and 5 females. When we get it sorted out as to which puppies have homes, I will post the puppies who are still available. They should make awesome companions for any active person or family, should be good with stock and/or any competitive sport, especially agility. Their uncle(?) is a very successful competitor in agility, winning many ribbons and qualifying for the international team. As mentioned above, one of the males seems to be a great prospect for agility.
Here is a link to a video of the pups: Border Collie puppies