This is what happens when people pay you money for your Border Collie to have sex with their Border Collie. Cute as hell, no? The one on the left is Elbert, and the one on the right is Hanz.
It’s true, Dublin is now officially a stud for hire. Other bitches have tried to seduce Dublin away from Celeste, but Mara is the first one that pimp/daddy Christopher has approved of. I really wanted to see how the Dublin x Celeste puppies turned out before I let Dublin and his genes venture out into the wild, and I couldn’t be more pleased with what Dublin produces.
Mara is sweetheart and one of the most unusual Border Collies I have ever seen. She has a great temperament, is impeccably trained, and is quite the athlete. The best part is that her owner is one of the few people doing right by Arabian Horses (i.e. she’s well read and experienced in the issues of breeding performance animals), she has a solid head on her shoulders, and works with dogs professionally nearly every day.
Her pedigree lists her color as “cryptic lilac merle/tri” and you can see how varied her color is depending upon the light. The lilac in her coat has a handful of darker spots and lighter spots, thus the “cryptic” label, and she has solidly brown tri markings. Dublin’s tri markings appear to have a dilute gene attached, as they look like the blond color you see in ‘ee red’ Border Collies.
The puppy on the left (Elbert) appears to hold Mara’s dark brown tri and the puppy on the right (Hanz) has Dublin’s blond tri markings.
While Hanz is clearly a black tri, figuring out what color Elbert really is presents a challenge. Is his mother really a cryptic merle lilac tri? Is that his coat color as well? Is he sable tri? Is he a merle? Here are a few more pictures so you can see what you think.
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