Our Collies also appear in some of our educational videos
about farm life and homesteading. For example, Willow is followed by a newborn lamb, who, after being
tries to chase after
the great, gentle Tricolor Collie who had found him orphaned and alone and saved his life.
The black and white picture to the left shows me in 1971 at our family farm in Maine holding one of
family rough Collies
next to my grandfather. Two of his favorite dogs were Tilley and Brownie.
This website is dedicated to my Grandfather who passed away in 2003. An immigrant from Ireland,
one of his favorite songs was "Danny Boy" - it's one of my favorite songs too.
Today, the tradition continues and I am greatly blessed to be able to work in partnership with several members of
my family, in Michigan and around the country, all of whom respect and love the Collie breed
improvement. Our Collie dogs are
raised as personal companions, as well as farm collies. Our farm Collie dogs are trained on a working farm with sheep,
horses, and dairy
goats. Crown Thistle
Collies enjoy being able to live out their natural desires to work and herd, and are faithful, loyal friends to us.
We selectively breed Collies for superior temperaments,
confident intelligence, gentle
personalities, and a steady willingness to
learn and achieve. Collies are simply wonderful family dogs and great with children.
The relationship between a well-bred
Collie dog and a child is remarkable - I know because I experienced it in my
own childhood, and
I have witnessed it
throughout the years in the lives of
my children, my grandchildren, and the children in classrooms and libraries where our dogs visit.
Because of our
commitment to them,
that our Collie puppies are placed in homes that can accommodate, responsibly train
and lovingly appreciate a Collie
for the wonderful dog that it is. So, we want to work closely with you to ensure that you get a Collie puppy that fits your family well!
We use carefully selected European bloodlines to enhance ideal
temperament and ensure a
wide gene pool, soundness, and vitally important genetic diversity.
The sires we imported from Germany in 2003, and 2010, made even more
significant contributions to our already diverse Euro/American bloodlines.
information about the importance of genetic diversity in dogs,
watch the 2008 BBC documentary, Pure Bred Dogs Exposed. **NOTE** - this
is not a documentary which
we recommend for children - parental discretion strongly
During the important early psychologically formative weeks, we carefully train our Collie
puppies in an extensive and effective early kindergarten puppy program,
which includes teaching them how to swim by 7
weeks of age. Our unique early puppy training program helps our clients to get a good head start training a pup who is a confident and willing
learner. Our daughter Hannah, shown
on the left,
is swimming with one of our collie pups while being filmed for Animal Planet. This pup went to a wonderful family in Massachusetts who named her
We even cook for our dogs because we believe
that after genetic diversity, excellent nutrition also
a vital role in the health and longevity of dogs. Wholesome nutrition is best - true for people, true for dogs!
Our Collies are registered with the American Kennel
Club. We follow AKC initiatives for having puppies for sale, accurate identification, DNA
testing, and health screening.
The Collie is a very special breed of dog and we
are committed to breeding highly intelligent, genetically sound, people-pleasing Collies for people
who are looking
for an excellent family dog. The Collie is a very manageable breed of dog and is quietly mannered indoors. However,
they do require a regular
grooming schedule (one of my favorite hobby occupations is spinning and I love to spin Collie hair into yarn!).
Collie males grow to be 65 to 100 lbs, while female Collies average 55 to 75 lbs.
Collies are certainly among my very
favorite breed of dogs and I feel they are one of the most dependable breeds of dogs with
children. Chore time every day finds me in escort of my beautiful Collies who
share my love of the farm, enjoyment of the great outdoors, and the satisfaction of
Autism AwarenessFor a dog to be thy best friend, thee must first be his. - Quaker Anne
April is autism awareness month. During the months of April and May, we donate an especially talented, evaluated, and
started Collie puppy (plus, provide training education) to two families with children affected by Autism. We have trained and
placed Collie dogs as companions for
children with Autism in this special way because studies have shown (and our experience has demonstrated)
that dogs can help children cope with the daily fears and stress
that accompany Autism, and can also improve an Autistic child's general well-being.
Assistance, Service and Therapy Dogs
Every year we are privileged to place some of our extra-talented and keenly intuitive dogs
in forever homes to assist with special
needs. Crown Thistle Collies successfully work as service dogs, therapy dogs, and assistance dogs in a variety of ways.
Over the years, we have successfully placed our highly trained Collie service dogs with clients who
suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or clients who are in need of mobility support, or clients who have other needs in which a Collie service dog would be an effective canine assistant. Because of the
unique temperament of our Collies, even as pups, they have specially made notable contributions to families with special needs children.
If you would like to learn more about getting one of our Collie Service Dogs, please contact us for more information.
Currently, five of our Collie dogs are available, working when needed, as therapy dogs, reading dogs, and
crisis relief dogs.
We offer delivery throughout Michigan, as well as Ohio, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Indiana, and other states.
Crown Thistle Extras
Guardian Foster Dog Program
Our grandson, Cameron, as a baby with faithful Lassie keeping his company...and then...
7 years later, our grandson Cameron reads to his beloved lifelong friend Lassie while
being filmed for
A boy and his dog experiencing a moment together that is now the
memory of a lifetime.
Happiness is a fun run through far ranging fields!