INFORMATION FOR PHF PUPPY BUYERS
The following information is directed at persons who have already made the decision to purchase a PHF dog or puppy. This information applies to Border Collies or Anatolian Shepherds (ASDs). Specific information about each breed will be mentioned as needed. Thank you for your purchase and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the information on this page.
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CARE AND FEEDING
PART 1. DIET
Six to 11 week old puppies will have been eating a diet of dry puppy food or dry food slightly moistened with water. You puppy will have been eating a commonly found dry puppy food supplemented with NuVet Plus. We try to use a puppy food that is most likely to be available at local feed and/or pet stores (and sometimes at the grocery store). Always provide plenty of fresh water. Feed your puppy twice a day if possible. (Six week old puppies will often be eating their food without moistening.) Never add milk in any form. Do not add water to your puppy's food. Crunchy food helps to keep teeth clean. If your puppy develops watery diarrhea, have it checked immediately by your vet. Be sure to ask your vet check for Coccidea and Giardia, two parasites associated with farm animals. Your vet may not look for these parasites unless asked. Diarrhea can kill a puppy in as little as a few days. If your puppy begins to act tired and doesn't want to eat, take it to the vet immediately.
At 3-4 months old you will need to change from puppy food to adult maintenance food. Look for a lower protein content of about 25%. Do not feed high protein puppy food during this fast-growing period in your puppy's life. High protein food is directly connected to CHD (Canine Hip Dysplasia). For more information, refer to About Dog Food. Providing glucosamine biscuits weekly and continue providing NuVet Plus supplements daily. This feeding program can be continued throughout the dog's life. Some Border Collies will be more interested in bouncing around than eating. If your dog is too thin, try feeding it twice a day even as an adult. You can also try sprinkling a little powdered bouillon (dry) over the food. Also, check your dog for worms.
Your adult BC should have enough meat on its bones so you can't feel the ribs, but not so much that you can't feel the spine. When you feed each day, run your hand along its back and make sure you can feel the spine (taking into account rough coat vs. short coat). If you can feel the spine, but not the ribs, your BC is at a good weight. Anatolians should also have good coverage over the ribs, but otherwise should be fairly slender. You should not be able to feel an Aanatolian's spine as easily as a BC. Your dog is better off a little thin than a little fat. Ask your vet if you aren't sure whether your dog is in shape or not.
PART 2. HOUSING
Your BC or Anatolian puppy can stay outside all year round, even in cold months. Your puppy was born either inside in a whelping room that is cool in winter and warm in summer and then moved to the barn at about 2 weeks old or was born outside (in a barn stall) and has lived outside all its short life. BCs will be happy with a 5x10ft kennel with a good doghouse. Short haired dogs may need more bedding on nights below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Provide plenty of shade and a rainproof house (igloo style houses work well). Always provide plenty of fresh drinking water. Anatolians will need large open spaces (at least a couple of acres) and will require extensive fencing usually including an electric wire along the bottom to prevent digging out and sometimes along the top to prevent jumping out. You can also use invisible fencing in conjunction with a welded wire fence. An invisible fence alone will not be sufficient for Anatolians. Chain link fences must be made with heavy wire and very securely attached at the bottom or any medium to large sized dog can rip it up and squeeze through. All an Anatolian needs is a place where they can get in out of the rain when needed. An Anatolian that is working will not leave its livestock to go into a doghouse. It will likely just use the same shelter as the livestock. BCs may or may not adapt well to invisible fencing. Some intense working BCs will go right through invisible fence boundaries.
Do not allow your BC to run freely in your fenced yard and most especially in an unfenced area. BCs will herd anything that moves, including children, other animals, pedestrians, bicycles and cars. PHF dogs are bred to work and in the absence of a job, they will create their own entertainment -- and likely not the kind you would want. Anatolians can and will destroy your neighbors property and may kill neighboring pets thinking they are predators.
Your working or companion BC or your companion ASD can also stay in the house with you. Do not keep an ASD in the house with you if you want it to work with livestock. If you prefer to keep your dog inside, you will have to house-break it. Here is a suggestion...When you get home with your puppy for the first time, give it the opportunity to relieve itself. When your puppy has finished or you have decided it isn't going to go to the potty, take it inside directly to a crate where it will be sleeping. Leave it in the crate for at least 10-15 minutes. After that time has passed if your puppy went to the potty before, you can take it out and play with it. If it did not relieve itself, take it back outside and try again. The idea is that the puppy should associate indoors with its bedroom where it wouldn't want to go potty. A house is a big space for a dog and they have no problems considering their crate to be their space and the rest of the house to be just a climate controlled "great outdoors" where they can go if they need to.
Your Anatolian needs to stay with the livestock always. If you want your Anatolian to guard the livestock it must be confined to their area, especially when it is young. If you want your Anatolian to guard your entire property, including livestock, home, barn, etc., then you must fence the perimeter of your property but keep the puppy with the livestock until it is about a year old before allowing it to roam the entire perimeter. You cannot take your Anatolian inside at night and then put it outside in the day. It will not bond to the stock and you may end up with problems.
PART 3. HEALTH CARE
When you pick up your PHF puppy, it will be current on all shots and deworming. It will be on a flea/tick/heartworm preventive program. You will receive a health record. A typical schedule of veterinary care (puppy shots, etc.) would be as follows:
3 weeks old -- Deworming. (already done at
We suggest that you also ask your veterinarian to vaccinate your puppy against Leptosporosis Grippo strain. Your puppy will have been vaccinated against two common strains of Leptosporosis all along, however the typical 9-way shots do not include the Grippo strain. This vaccination is inexpensive (about $5) and should be administered when the pup is about 4 months old.
Give your puppy things to chew. Do not give your puppy plastic chew toys (including those made specially for dogs) as these can be chewed into small pieces and swallowed possibly resulting in surgery to clear the intestines. Use only dry foods. Rawhide treats are great, but be careful not to feed too many. One a week is plenty. An excellent way to keep your dog's teeth looking wonderful even into old age is to buy fresh ball-and-socket joint bones or knuckle bones from the butcher. This type of bone is very effective in cleaning teeth and the dog gets a bit of nutrition at the same time. Don't give your puppy cooked bones. We have also noted that toys made with ropes will end up being digested.
Check your pups ears now and then. If you see your pup excessively scratching its ears, shaking its head or holding its ears in an unusual manner, it may have ear mites and you will need some drops to put in them. These are common and easily treated.
PART 4. MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION
Border Collie puppies may not develop their "collie"
coat until as late as 8 months old and will look like they're going to
be short coated. They should have their adult coat by the time
they are a year old.
RAISING AND TRAINING
These are some suggestions for preparing your pup for working.
For all pups:
For herding dogs:
Lessons and clinics are the best way to learn about herding and to get your dog trained to work with and for you. Sending dogs to trainers helps but the handler still will need to learn how to handle the dog. When your puppy is old enough to start serious training, go to as many clinics and lessons as you can afford. Each one will be worth much more than a day of just training the dog. Each trainer will help you to see and learn something new. Trainers never stop learning...neither should you.
Videos are one of the best ways to learn about training your herding dog before it is old enough to go to lessons and clinics. Here is a list of videos, books, etc. that may help you...
The Stimatze Way: Puppy Training Vol. 1 (video) -- an excellent source of information for getting your BC or Heeler puppy off to a good start. Contact Joe & Laura Stimatze at RR#1 Box 54, Macksville KS 67557 (316-348-5815).
The Perfect Stockdog by Ben Means (video) -- very useful and informative showing techniques that are useful for Border Collies as well as Heelers. Ben is a Kelpie breeder. Contact Ben Means, PO Box 186, Port Byron IL 61275.
Will I Grow Up to Be A Cowdog? by Anthony McCallum (video) -- provides information about selection of BC puppies, your puppy's first day home, and raising and starting puppies. Contact Border Collies in Action at www.bordercollies.com .
Starting Your Border Collie on Cattle, Sheep or Ducks (video) -- well produced video showing general information and basics for starting a herding dog on livestock. Contact Rural Route Videos at www.ruralroutevideos.com .
Lessons from a Stockdog by Bruce Fogt (book) -- a very enjoyable book loaded with lots of need to know information. Here's a good place to start. Available from www.bordercolliesinaction.com .
For guardian dogs:
PHF Border Collies are all registered with ABCA (American Border Collie Association). This is a working Border Collie registry. None of our Border Collie dogs or litters are registered with AKC and we will not assist in registration of Border Collies with AKC. People wanting to compete in AKC performance events (such as agility, etc.) can register their dog under a special category. For persons interested in registering their puppies with AKC, please contact AKC for information. When you receive your registration certificate it will have a name like Possum Hollow 1 or Possum Hollow CL1 as a name. When you send in your certificate to transfer it to your name, you can replace the number with whatever name you prefer. We ask that you retain the Possum Hollow prefix in the name for our breeding program. Here is how to transfer ABCA registration to your name:
1. Mark through the number and write in the name you have
selected in the "Name" blank at the top left corner.
If you are not already a member of ABCA you will have to join. Membership is only about $10-15 and you can join when you register. If you have questions contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call ABCA at 601-928-7551. Expect it to take several weeks for your transfer to go through and your new registration certificate to be issued. If you have not received your new certificate in 4-6 weeks, you may want to contact ABCA for a progress report.
PHF Anatolian Shepherds are registered with ASDCA (Anatolian Shepherd Dog Club of America) and/or the AKC (American Kennel Club). Our Anatolians are bred for their working ability only. Your Anatolian papers cannot be sent in until we have names for the puppies. Therefore, at about 2 weeks old we will send in the registration information with a registered kennel name. I you would like us to use a specific name, we must know before the puppies are 2 weeks old. You can still give your puppy a "call name." It simply means that they may have a different "official" name from the one you choose to use. Your pup's registered name will begin with Possum Hollow.
ASDCA Registration. When you receive your ASDCA registration certificate, fill in the information in the "Transfer of Certificate" section. You must have a Date of Sale of Transfer and Owner's Signature. If we have forgotten to fill in these blanks please contact us. Send the certificate with the $10.00 transfer fee to...
You may also have to join ASDCA as an associate member.
AKC Registration. When you pick up your puppy you will receive a registration application for AKC. Your puppy's litter will have been registered with AKC. As the new owner you must send in your official application.