DNA Testing Results:
Multidrug Sensitivity (MDR1): carrier/not affected
Collie Cyclic Neutropenia (CN): noncarrier/clear/normal
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM): noncarrier/clear/normal
Von Willebrand’s Disease Type 2 (VWD2): noncarrier/clear/normal
Collie Eye Anomaly (CEA): noncarrier/clear/normal
Finding Quin was a struggle because, being already happy with our relatively complete bloodline, it was hard to find a collie with such specific traits to best compliment and emphasize our current bloodline. We had great temperaments, smarts, and history in our Snow Collies. So we began looking for another girl that could compete with our collies’ temperaments, DNA, and staying true to the collie standard while offering additional coat color variety to the Snow Collie bloodline–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. Upon meeting most of 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!
Since then, everyone who’s met Quin has melted due to her quiet, affectionate demeanor, beautiful coat, naturally tipped ears, and her eyes. She has one brown eye and one very bright, ice blue eye. She is a sable merle. More specifically, a “harlequin” sable merle. This is a very rare type of merle among collies of which little is known about its inheritance. If a tricolor collie has the merle gene, the gene will dilute the coat color in a random marbling effect. In a sable merle, the merle gene will turn parts of the coat typically darker in a marbling effect. The presence of this extra harlequin gene actually further dilutes the merling in either the tricolor or sable 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 litter might look like. She’s our 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. She also enjoys being invited to put her paws onto your chest to give hugs.