DNA Testing Results:
Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1): carrier/not affected
Collie Cyclic Neutropenia (CN): carrier/not affected
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM): clear/normal/noncarrier
Von Willebrand’s Disease Type 2 (VWD2): clear/normal/noncarrier
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA): carrier/not affected
Casper is our tricolor stud. He was born on a ranch to a highly reputable and experienced breeder of several animals, including smooth and rough collies. Bred specifically for well-personality’d and working collies, his heritage is that of practicing herding dogs, therapy dogs, and award-winning lines. His pedigree chart goes back 9 generations and is rich with health-tested, shown and titled collies which make for happy, healthy companions. His heritage has a handful of stud collies with a DNA profile in the AKC registry. This means that these specific collies were in such high demand to sire litters that they had some of the greatest impact on the AKC Stud Book. Therefore, an AKC DNA profile with a unique DNA Profile number was made for these collies to eliminate questions about heritage and assure those looking to show those puppies that the litters were definitely sired by these distinguished dogs.
He is extremely affectionate and social. He prefers being where people are and has a regal prance when he’s showing off. He has a deep bark and has made a great watchdog, though people who have seen him enough to know how charming he really is will stop to greet him.
Casper has been very easy to train. He is motivated by affection and spending time with you. He has a distinctly strong herding instinct. Where Nola may follow our poultry to sniff or nap with them, Casper purposefully circles the poultry for hours, leading them to different areas the yard. This is the only time we’ve ever seen him not focused on getting a human’s affection.
A personality quirk unique to him has to do with his training. We have taught all our collies to sit every time they want to be pet. And he knows it well! He will come up to you, starring, and sit with a huff…still quietly starring. If you don’t pet him, he will stand up and sit down again. If you still don’t pet him, he will gently set a paw on your leg…still quietly starring!
To see a video compilation of Casper from puppy to adult, check out https://youtu.be/wgWUQ-3WcEw