Small, but perfectly formed, Aanick's big personality makes up for his lack of stature.
When Aanick was born, on March 17th, he was the smallest (tiniest!) pup in a litter of 11. We feared the worst, but did our best to ensure he had the best start we could possibly give him.
Luckily, Aanick was also determined to get the best start he could, and always managed to creep through to the front of the crowd at the milk bar, and find himself the warmest place in the middle when everyone fell asleep.
Aanick has the unique feature of being the only border collie we've ever had who doesn't have a white tip to his tail. This is because his mother accidentally (we hope) nipped it off when he was two weeks old! He still looks lovely, of course, and his tail looks completely normal - just very black.
Aanick's still smaller than his litter mates, but he's proving to be a real character who loves to play rough, but equally enjoys "chilling out" on a convenient lap.
Aanick's parents are Maddie and Ezra. Maddie was bred here from Kay (who features largely in our First Steps DVD) and Oliver.
Ezra needs little introduction. We bred Ezra from our dogs Mel and Eli, and Ezra has produced many excellent agility, working trials and sheep/cattle dogs.
Both parents were bred primarily for sheep work, but temperament is also very important to us. Ezra and Maddie are fun, sociable dogs who love to play and mix with other dogs and visitors.
We actively encourage all of our dogs to play together (when they're not working) and the puppies are allowed to join in with the adult dogs as soon as they feel ready, so Aanick is relaxed and sensible around other dogs.
Aanick was initially weaned onto minced beef, lamb and raw chicken, but now eats a mixed diet of raw meat and dried kibble.
Although Aanick would be suitable for agility, obedience, working trials or would make a lovely family pet in an experienced home, he's already taking a keen and active interest in both sheep and cattle.
With this early enthusiasm he should be easy to train for farm work and, being an amenable and affectionate chap, would suit a beginner.
Our puppies are registered with the International Sheep Dog Society, and eligible for registration on the Kennel Club's Breed or Activity registers.
Aanick is vet checked, regularly wormed, and has had his first vaccination (as at 21st June). His purchase price of £600 includes his ISDS registration transfer and, if wanted, a year's subscription to the online tutorials.
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