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   Ranger is a Border Collie.

Quantum Leap's Blue Ranger

CERF:

BCSA Logo

http://www.collieeye.org.uk/pages/genetics.html

 
 

How Ranger became Ours
 
Border Collie Breed

AKC Status
 
Pictures

Puppy Pictures from the breeder
 
Parents

Ranger's Pedigree
 
Siblings
How Ranger became Ours
     Our quest to find a new family member started right after we brought Logan home.  I always like to have two dogs.  I find they offer companionship and support to each other when we are not at home.  Logan arrived with a medical issue and we decided that it would be best to wait till her medical issue was solved and after we returned from our planned vacation.  We also were not sure if we really wanted to have another dog.  Petsitting was doing well and we seemed to always had a dog staying with us.  Then the nicer weather started to hit and we thought about all the things we would like to do this summer and how every summer we gave up our plans to care for other people's pets.  Things were going to change this year.  We decided that we were going to be more selective and only service our current clients and only take on new ones that we thought would fit perfectly with our family.
    
     Deciding on a breed was another problem.  Paul prefers Huskies and Malamutes, I like them too but I am more into the Herding and Working breeds.  I really love the merle/ harlequin coloring.  We thought about getting another Beauceron but Logan is a big girl and can be a little domineering.  We thought two dominant females would not work and having a male that would be 80 lbs plus would not be good either.
    
     In May, Logan was diagnosised with an Ectopic Ureters and we spayed her during the surgery.  We waited a couple of weeks to make sure that the surgery was a success it was.  At the time the Pet Sitting was busy and Logan had many friends but when they all went home she became depressed and sometimes would not eat.  Decision made: we were getting a new dog.
    
     We searched through Petfinder.com listings almost everyday, waiting for a dog to jump out at us.  A couple of times there were puppies we thought that would fit with our family.  When we made contact with the rescues, we were told that they would not adopt out to families with children under 8.  We tried a couple of different places and we even tried ones out of state.  The out of state ones said that MA had some policies and they could not.  One of them told us we could adopt if we went to NJ to pick it up.
    
      So we decided that it would be best to get a pup from breeder.  We went back to debating the breeds.  Paul still preferring his breeds was told that the grooming care would be his responsibility.  We started narrow down the breeds to breeds that were accessible to us and ones that would fit with our family.  We wanted a dog that would be smaller than Logan but could still hold their own.  We finally decided on a Border Collie.
    
     Our search for breeders took us to other states.  It was a long journey.  I had to first find breeders that bred the coloration I preferred. They have so many colors to choose from (The Border Collie Museum).  That was easy I like Blue Merles but I love it when they have a little brown in them also, making them a tri blue merle.  Then there was coat texture, I wanted medium.  Did not care for smooth and long would require more grooming.
    
     Finding a breeder was not so easy.  Border collies are such a versatile breed they can be used for many different jobs.  I started breaking the breeders into different categories and from there breaking them down further.  First class was the working collie, dogs that were bred to herd.  Those breeders wanted their pups to go to working farms and if they were not on a farm then you better have a high energy job for them.  They were bred for work, most were very gangly looking in my opinion and not what I was looking for.  The second group was the performance group.  They were the breeders that bred for dog activities.  They were breeding for dogs that would excel in sports.  Some were gangly looking but most of them had very high drives, not what I was looking for in a pet, they wanted their pups to go to performance home anyways.  The third group is the show group breeding dogs for the show ring.  Following a certain guidelines for the breeds.  They had the pups I was looking for and their breedings produced a calmer dog more suitable for a home.
    
     Then came the contracts.  Only the show people had requirements.  They wanted to make sure their pups were shown.  Some had it written into their contracts that the puppies had to be shown a certain amount of times in so many years.  Not doable with my life.  Some breeders also felt that my family was too young to take on such an active breed.  I heard the same thing when I was looking at Beaucerons.
    
     I used a service called Puppyfind.com, everyday it would send me emails with listing on Border collies.  Never ones in my area.  I had found most in my area and they either were black & whites or do very limited breeding, maybe one litter a year.  Most breeders were not with driving distance and I tried to avoid them.
    
     During Dinner Paul asked me what I wanted for our 7 year wedding anniversary.  He told me that the gifts were Traditional: wool and cooper and Contemporary: desk.  Well I did not need a desk and I am not one for wool scarves or sweaters.  Paul suggested a Copper Mirror.  Then it hit me.  We were thinking of getting a puppy.  Border Collies herd sheep, sheep produce wool.  Paul's face lit up, it was perfect.

     Then I saw him, "Banshi Blue".  He was located in Minnesota.  I tried to talk Paul into the drive but one 2 day drive vacation a year was enough for him.  So I passed but kept coming back to him.  He was what I was looking for, his parents were what I was looking for.  Both parents were OFA good and DNA CEA normal.  Then I found a breeder in Maryland.  After corresponding with her it turned out she was doing it just for the love of puppies.  Finally I gave up and made contact with the breeder in Minnesota, after playing phone tag for several days, we spoke on a Thursday evening.  The puppy fit what we were looking for.  I told her I would get back to her that Paul and I needed to discuss things.  Between the price of the pup, shipping, crate and Health certificate the puppy was going to cost us a bit.  She would only fly the puppy as a VPI, making it cost an extra $100.  I emailed her the next day and asked if I could send 80% up front and then two post dated checks to be cashed when the puppy arrived and was checked out by a Vet.  We were still not over the issues we had with Logan.  She said no that full payment was due before the puppy left her home.  She took that I was not interested in the pup and notified me that she had a gentleman coming that day to pick up the puppy.  Paul and I were upset about what had happened.  I could not believe she would sell the pup when I was interested in it but we could also see her point she probably figured I would not send full payment.
    
     Over the weekend, I started researching more breeders and asking my chat groups if they knew of local breeders.  I found one in Kentucky and one in Ohio using Puppyfind.com.  Then the chat group came through and found one in New Hampshire and another in Rhode Island.
    
     I called the breeder in New Hampshire.  She was very nice but only had three males left.  One she said would not fit with our family but the other two would be fine.  One was black & white and the other was a black & white tri.  She had not had their hips or eyes done but said that both parents were fine and puppies checked out OK.  She also said the male had very nice breeding.  She sent photos of the two pups available.  Paul preferred "Banshi Blue".
    
     Then I got in touch with the breeder in Rhode Island.  She had both a male and female blue merle.  She did not know whether they were tri or not.  When asked about papers I was told they were all pure bred but no papers, divorce situation.  I then asked about the male, I was told he was a 1 1/2 and sometimes they call him the lunatic.  I knew that that meant there was no health testing and not the temperament I was looking for.
    
     So I moved onto the two out of state breeders.  The one from Ohio would not ship, that would mean a drive to pick it up.  The person in Kentucky would ship.  I emailed both with my list of questions.
    
     While waiting to hear back from the out of state breeders, I decided to email "Banshi Blue's" breeder to see if the puppy did go home with the gentleman.  I received three emails a little while later, all about the same time.  The breeder from Ohio answered my questions but not 100% to my liking.  She thought that the health testing was a good idea and may do it in the future.  Her parent dogs were not my ideal looking dog either.  The breeder from Kentucky had limited access to a computer.  Paul will tell you I need my internet fix.  Since I rely on email communication so much, I thought that my communication with her may be limited.  Some of her dogs were what I was looking for but not the parents of the puppies I was interested in.  Both breeders were promising but not what I was looking for.  The third email was from "Banshi Blue's" breeder.  The gentleman decided on a female and the puppy was still available but she would except nothing less than full payment.  When I IM'd Paul at work his answer was "Happy Anniversary".  He confirmed with a yes.  I sent payment and told her we are in the middle of a heat wave so puppy would be be able to be shipped till Friday, June 29.

September:  We have had some inquiries into Ranger's color pattern.  He was sold to me as a Tri Color Blue Merle and that is all I knew.  As he grew over the year a saddle pattern emerged

The Border Collie: Great photos of different color variations.  Has a great page explaining each of the color variations too.
http://users.telenet.be/guin9/LCportal/kai/bcpictures.html
Border Collie Museum:  It has some great photos of all the color variations in Border Collies.
http://www.gis.net/~shepdog/BC_Museum/Permanent/BC_ColorSaddle.html
Border Collie Breed
     The Border Collie is a herding breed developed between the countries of Scotland and England. They are know for their work ability.

     The Border Collie is a medium size breed dog with males ranging from 19" to 22"  and females, 18" to 21".  Weight varies and it is more important to be in proportion to their height and length.  Males tend to be 30-45 lbs and Female 27-42 lbs.
    
      The Border Collie has two coat textures smooth and rough.  Smooth being the short haired version and rough having a medium to long coat.  All colors are acceptable for border collies.  They range from Solid colors: Black, Red, Brown etc..., Bi-Color: Black & White, Red & White, Lilac & White, Gold & White etc..., Tri-Color, Sable, Merle: Red, Blue and Black Ticking.  All are treated equal.
    
     They are prone to hip dysplasia, (PRA) Progressive Retinal Atrophy and CEA (Collie Eye Anomaly).  Many are also prone to epilepsy and deafness.
AKC Status for Border Collies

February 1995 the Border Collie eligible for Full Registration.

 

October 1995, the Border Collie was eligible to compete in conformation

Many oppose the AKC standard and choose to register their dogs with other groups

Siblings
Call Name Full Name   Sex Color
"female pup"     Female Black & White
"female pup"
Tobias Tobias 4 Male Black & White
Quantum Leap's Rd RD 1 Male Black & White
"RD"
"male pup"     Male Blue Merle
"male pup"
      Male  
Pictures
June 30, 2007

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14 months

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Puppy Pictures from the breeder
He is from Quantum Leap Border Collies in Kellogg, MN.
May 29, 2007

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That would be the end!

Parents
Dad:  Ch. Quantum Leap's Super Bubba

OFA good for hips and CEA DNA tested Clear for eyes.
 

Mom: Quantum Leap's Sgt Sally

OFA good for hips and CEA DNA tested Clear for eyes.

Paternal Grandmother: Quantum Leap's Chosen One

 

OFA: Good
Eyes: CEA CERF Clear

Paternal Great Grandfather:  Quantum Leap's Big Gun USA HXAS

OFA: Excellant
Eyes: DNA CEA clear

 

Maternal Grandmother:
Quantum Leap's Wild Thing
 
OFA good for hips and eyes clear
 
 

Ranger's Pedigree

Quantum Leap's Blue Ranger
DOB: 4/28/2007

More detailed Information on his Pedigree

Sire Ch. Quantum Leap's Super Bubba

DOB: 10/01/2004

Sire Quantum Leaps Hammer Time

Sire Quantum Leap's Big Gun USA HXAS

Dam Quantum Leap's Blues Clues

Dam Quantum Leap's Chosen One

Sire HC WF On the Move

Dam Maid III HX

Dam Quantum Leap's Sgt Sally

DOB: 02/04/2004

Sire CH Broxdell The Texan at Beagold

Sire Krislyn Bomber at Beagold

Dam Jephanil's the Blusher

Dam Quantum Leap's Wild Thing

Sire Jack IV

Dam Holly III