Considerations when buying a Collie puppy

  • When buying a puppy, you are welcoming a new member into the family, a member whose expected life span is 12 - 14 years.
  • Do you have enough space and the approval of your landlord to keep a dog?
  • Do you have the time to walk a dog several times a day, even when the weather is bad?
  • Are you prepared to take your Collie with you on holidays, or do you have friends on whom you can rely to care for your pet during your absence?
  • Are you willing to learn more about dog psychology and behaviour, in order to bring up your new friend in a suitable manner?
  • Have you adequate means to meet food bills, veterinary expenses, insurances, dog taxes, etc.?

How and where to purchase a Collie

  • Take your time when buying a Collie. Visit and compare several breeding kennels. Only buy from the kennels where you feel comfortable about your purchase.
  • Ask to see the parents/adult dogs, which should have a well-kept, friendly and confident appearance.
  • The puppies should be clean and kept in an area with adequate space and daylight. Outdoor runs/tumbling space should also be accessible.
  • The pups should not shy away or be frightened. A well-balanced pup with a good temperament is always curious and keen to meet you.
  • Only purchase a healthy pup, one which is duly wormed and inoculated (vaccination card/passport), and which possesses a pedigree certificate recognised by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). This pedigree certificate guarantees that the SCC Rules and Regulations concerning health and breeding conditions are being followed.
  • The breeder's interest/responsibility does not stop after the sales contract has been signed. A breeder should always be prepared to advise on questions relating to feeding, management, training, etc.

Swiss Collie Club Puppy Information

    Switzerland Mrs.
    Rosmarie Abbühl
    Tel. 032 384 35 78
    French Switzerland Mrs.
    Dominique Dubath
    Tel. 026 924 78 24

Update:09 October 2009