We love coloured dogs and we've had a few over the years!
Yesterday's post about so-called mis-marked puppies sparked a lot of response, mostly on Facebook and Twitter.
There's nothing unusual about this. We've noticed over the years that some people strongly dislike unusual markings on dogs. I can remember once when we had a really promising young sheepdog for sale which happened to have a wall eye, I asked a potential buyer who had called to see whether we had a dog for sale, what was more important to him, the looks of the dog, or the way it worked? He said he didn't care what the dog looked like as long as it did a good job. When he came here to see the dog, I took him into the yard and showed him the dog which I honestly thought would be ideal for him. He quickly turned his face away from it, saying "I couldn't live with that!"
I have to admit that in the early days when I hadn't seen a dog with a wall eye before, it took me aback for a moment too. I didn't let it cloud my judgement though, and we bought the dog. She was wonderful and I grew to regard her as one of the best looking dogs we've ever had.
The predominantly white pups you see in this picture were great too. When I first put a photo of them on Facebook, we received several comments to the effect that they would probably be deaf.
Well, I can assure those with doubts about their hearing that none of them had any apparent defects. We still have Isla and she produced a great litter of eight puppies with Ezra. Most of those pups were sold at eight weeks but the one that remains (Victor) will be coming up for sale as a partly trained sheepdog very shortly.