Camano Island, Washington State USA
We live our a 2½ acre ranch on Camano Island in Washington State. We are about an hour or so North of Seattle and another hour or so South of the Canadian border. Our dogs are raised around our young children, horses, cats, and poultry. They are loyal gentle creatures that we consider to be a part of our family. My parents raised and bred collies while I was growing up and I continued the tradition when I had my own family- over 10 years! All our adult dogs' eyes have been checked for CEA (Collie Eye Anomoly) and all have healthy eyes. And most importantly, we have spent literally YEARS trying to find beautiful quality dogs without inbreeding and line-breeding which we found to be most crucial when finding a family pet.
When choosing a collie we welcome any and all inquiries you might have via email or telephone calls. We are happy to supply our health guarantees that we offer with puppies, pedigrees, and photos of the parents, and photos of both sides and faces of our puppies which are updated weekly, and video of the puppies once every few weeks. Puppies are offered with Limited AKC (spay/neuter contract) but we do offer Full AKC to approved homes at an extra adoption fee. Naturally we care a great deal on the health of our dogs and puppies and they will be up to date on worming medications and vaccinations. We also have videos of all of our dogs by clicking HERE. And if you haven't had a chance to check out the wonderful praise and photos we've received from new puppy owners, please take a peek at our Facebook Page. If there was a particular puppy you were interested in to place a hold on, we do take a non-refundable $200 deposit via Paypal, check, money order, or cash.
All of our collies are show quality and although we can't guarantee that their offspring are of the same caliber, we believe they have great potential. Our stud and females have great temperament, movement, and coat, and the prettiest faces with lovely expressive eyes. They meet the American Collie Club Illustrated Standard and are definite show stoppers with their unique and flashy markings. However, we do not make demands that you show your collie puppy or dog that you adopt from us. We only require that you care for and love your dog like family.
Those not using their collies from Shamrock M Ranch as a show or breeding dog will be expected to sign a spay/neuter contract stating that your puppy will be altered by one year of age
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Many people ask how are puppies are raised, as in, are they from Puppy Mills?
Absolutely not! All the photos and videos you see are from on the ranch. The dogs are a part of our family. All puppies are whelped inside the house in a quiet location and quarantined off from all other dogs. I have large whelping box(es) where puppies live for approximately 3 weeks of age depending on the weather. Then, weather permitting they are then moved into our barn and into converted horse stalls with a cedar bedding. There is plenty of room for the puppies to run and play while in the safety of not being dangered by our larger livestock and out of the elements of weather. We actively use many preventative measures against any "Pet Store" ailments such as parasites, fleas, and fungi.
How do your adult dogs spend their days?
I have a rotating schedule of dogs, usually 3 at a time, that are allowed to freely run the ranch during the day as they please. The others are kept in converted livestock paddocks which is approximately 1/4 to 1/8 acre for about 8 to 10 hours a day. They love to run and play with each other and exercise is very encouraged. Mamma dogs are always keep inside our home with their puppies and regularly allowed out to do their business and run free- Cardio activity for collies is very important. Adult dogs without puppies spend each night in their own coverted horse stalls with cedar bedding. They are not confined in any way. We do not crate or kennel our dogs, although we understand the need to crate train and kennel dogs on a learning basis, or to keep them from harm's way. We understand that not everybody lives on a ranch and has the acreage to give a collie their own stall and paddock!
Are your dogs potty trained?
Our adult dogs are all potty trained . . . without any training. As puppies their lifestyle creates a habit where they do their business in one spot, and that is never in their "stalls" or inside. Puppies from a very early stage learn to do their business in a spot where all the other puppies have urinated or deficated. Our puppies are very easy to potty train as you might have read in the Puppy Stories on our Facebook Page.
How often do you expect litters?
Ideally we breed one female once a year while in their prime. However, sometimes the timing is not good for us, so we skip a heat cycle. Sometimes the timing is not good for the dogs, and we miss a heat cycle. Mother Nature is tempermental and we do not post puppies until they are known to be healthy and thriving. We do not take deposits for unborn puppies! Sorry.
What do you feed your dogs?
I typically like to feed my dogs home-cooked concoctions! It is usally from leftover meats (boneless) and mix rice, oats, peanutbutter, eggs, root vegetables, and a few selected plant vegetables, and healthy oils. Living in the country, we have an obundance of grass-fed beef and other local organic meats. But, when we have puppies and nursing moms, they can eat us out of house and home and we want to make sure everybody gets their fill. In that case, we free-feed Active Dog kibble from Coastal Farms. It is impossible to find unless you have a Coastal Farm Feed Store near, but not to worry, we recommend free feeding a kibble with MEAT as the number one listed ingredient. Should you chose to adopt a puppy from us, a puppy packet with coupons will be supplied, as well as a Puppy Welcome Letter letting you know what we recommend.
What is inbreeding and why are you against it?
Inbreeding is the mating of related individuals that have one or more relatives in common. Linebreeding is a form of inbreeding.
What is close inbreeding?
Close inbreeding is the mating of close relatives. The closest form of inbreeding in domestic animals involves matings between full brothers and sisters (full siblings) and between parents and offspring (collectively called first-degree relatives). The offspring from first degree matings have a significantly increased risk of suffering from an inherited disorder.
The second closest form of inbreeding involves matings between grand-parents and grand-offspring, half brothers and sisters (half siblings), uncles/aunts and nephews/nieces, and double-first cousins (collectively called second-degree relatives). Second degree matings are the second closest possible form of inbreeding. The offspring from second degree matings also have a substantially increased risk of suffering from an inherited disorder.
The more closely related the parents, the greater the chance of their offspring suffering from an inherited disorder. This is because when animals are related to each other they are far more likely to be carrying the same defective genes. When these defective genes pair up in the offspring, inherited diseases can occur. Inherited diseases can cause significant suffering and reduce quality of life particularly where the disease causes pain.
What is linebreeding?
Linebreeding is a term commonly used to describe milder forms of inbreeding. Typically it involves arranging matings so that one or more relatives occur more than once in a pedigree, while avoiding close inbreeding. (Many breeders do this to continue traits that are show quality. It is not necessarily frowned upon in show circles nor with the AKC)
Why should inbreeding be avoided?
It is scientifically proven and widely recognized that, on average, the effect of inbreeding/linebreeding is:
1. An increase in the prevalence of inherited disorders
2. A decrease in viability
3. A decrease in reproductive ability, and
4. The loss of genetic diversity (i.e. decrease in genetic variation).
Inbreeding can also result in developmental disruption, higher infant mortality, a shorter life span and reduction of immune system function. The immune system is closely linked to the removal of cancer cells from a healthy body, so reduction of immune system function increases the risk of tumour development. Immune system function is also critical for defense against infectious disease. Welfare problems can occur where the immune system is compromised.
Collectively, these effects of inbreeding/linebreeding are called inbreeding depression. Importantly, inbreeding depression increases as the extent of inbreeding/linebreeding increases. (via RSPSA)
Any other questions?
Please feel free to ask!