They are beautiful. I had a Blue Merle Collie years ago...wonderful dog. I think that she has too much white and it is probably a fault. She appears to be a blue merle She will make someone a great pet though.
Were the parents eyes tested for collie eye? Did you have both parents tested for Von Willebrands disease? My collie had Von Willebrands and could have bled out during surgery. His mother tested negative but the breeder didn't take the time to make sure the sire was tested.
What I do with my Chihuahuas and Papillon's that are pregnant, is give them pet tabs when they first bred. Then a couple of weeks before they whelp I give them pet-calcium tabs and continue the pet-tabs. While nursing, I also give them yogurt, to help with milk production. Especially if they have a large litter. Don't forget to check with the vet about when you should start deworming the pups and Mom. For supplimenting I like Esbilac, although a friend of mine swears by goats milk. As far as the yogurt, plain is fine, but mine really like the bananna/strawberry flavor.
by the way, I sent your picture to a friend of mine that raised and showed Collies to see if she knows what color the mostly white one is called. I am guessing it is a mismark since I haven't seen one this color.
pwcorgilover - I believe mom and dad were tested for; Canine Cyclic Neutropenia, Hip Dysplasia, Collie Eye Anomaly and Von Willebrands. I hope I got all of that right -lol-. I've never had to test puppies before, because this is our first litter. I'm wondering who would do all of those test to the puppies.
My parents would know. The mommy dog is in my moms name, the daddy is in mine. I'm 21, and I've never really dealt with puppies before :).
As far as her color possibly being a fault, I wouldn't really care. We are keeping her and the blue with hardly any black at all. I love how unusual her pattern/color is :). It's no fault in my book :).
Our neighbors had an Aussie litter and there is a great deal of similarity between the colors of Aussies & Shelties. They had a litter of 8 - 3 black tri's (black body, white/tan face) and 4 blue tri's like the majority of your litter is. AND - a tiny, runt - white body with huge black markings, a little tan on her face. Looks just like yours does. She was a blk tri w/ reverse markings.
:) Congrats, Your litter is darling!
"If your dog doesn't like someone you probably shouldn't either ~ Unknown
Still stand by her being just a heavy marked blue merle. There may be white in her background, possibly a white factored blue merle. I grew up with collies, my mom showed them for years, my sister still has collies.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
This is from the AKC breeds page, for this it sounds like she would be a "White"
Color The four recognized colors are "Sable and White," "Tri-color," "Blue Merle" and "White." There is no preference among them. The "Sable and White" is predominantly sable (a fawn sable color of varying shades from light gold to dark mahogany) with white markings usually on the chest, neck, legs, feet and the tip of the tail. A blaze may appear on the foreface or backskull or both. The "Tri-color" is predominantly black, carrying white markings as in a "Sable and White" and has tan shadings on and about the head and legs. The "Blue Merle" is a mottled or "marbled" color predominantly blue-grey and black with white markings as in the "Sable and White" and usually has tan shadings as in the "Tri-color." The "White" is predominantly white, preferably with sable, tri-color or blue merle markings.