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Finding Quin was extremely difficult. I was already happy with a smart, healthy, great temperament bloodline that produced puppies that had some of the most beautiful sables I’d ever seen. Thus, already being content with my relatively complete bloodline, it was hard to find a collie with such specific personality and coat characteristics that complimented or added to the Snow Collie bloodline. But I began a search for another girl to with a great pedigree, smarts, and coat color to add variety to litters if selected to breed at some point in the future.
I met Snow’s Carolina On My Mind (or “Quin”) after I traveled to meet her at her breeder’s property in North Carolina. Her breeder specialized in thoroughly DNA tested show collies meeting the AKC rough collie standard. And, boy, did she have some big names in her collie pedigree! Upon meeting her collies, I found that they had similar personalities–extremely affectionate, curious, and very even-tempered. And Quin easily matched these personalities. Rarely making any noise on the plane, most people didn’t notice the snow white collie pup on my lap!
Quin’s unique coat and DNA
Since then, everyone who’s met Quin has melted due to her quiet, affectionate demeanor, beautiful coat, naturally tipped ears, and her multicolored eyes. She is a sable merle. More specifically, a trifactored “harlequin” sable merle–hence her nickname being “Quin.” This is a very rare type of merle among collies of which little is known about its inheritance. In a sable merle, the merle gene will turn parts of the coat lighter or darker in a marbling effect. The presence of this extra harlequin gene actually further dilutes the merling in the collie’s coat–turning whatever merling pattern completely white. It’s unknown how this trait is passed in collies, making it difficult to identify what Quin’s litters might look like. She’s my box of (white) chocolate.
Quin has been so mellow throughout her life that I had to place a bell on her collar to know where she was, though she will bark occasionally when playing with Casper and Nola. She has proved to be very play-oriented. A fun personality quirk she has her ability to “collie talk” at several different pitches until everyone is in tears laughing. Another quirk is that, when she sits, she likes people to sit in front of her at her level so she can rest her head on your shoulder while you hug her–she will stay there for a long time!
DNA Testing Results:
Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1): not affected/carrier
Collie Cyclic Neutropenia (CN): clear/normal/noncarrier
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM): clear/normal/noncarrier
Von Willebrand’s Disease Type 2 (VWD2): clear/normal/noncarrier
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA): clear/normal/noncarrier