I am Janet Beale, owner and founder of the world famous
Experienced Border collie Breeder and trainer for 30 years In the Border collie community.
I need no introduction with my Astra Sheepdogs, which I have been breeding for over 30 years. I competed successfully in sheepdog trials in South Africa in the late 80's early 90's and in the UK during the 90's, until full time farming and contract shepherding duties coupled with owners wanting to see puppies and trained sheepdogs curtailed my spare time.
Our border collies have been placed in homes throughout the world - they have achieved status as farm dogs, trials dogs, agility dogs, obedience and working trials champions, qualified Search and Rescue dogs for people, drugs and explosives. Trained Service dogs for the disabled.
And of course, ordinary and active family pets.
We (My mother and I) have bred poodles, both standards and toys, since the late 70’s.
In Rhodesia (now called Zimbabwe) our standard poodles and Labradors, were used to retrieve duck and pigeon, collecting shot birds for the likes of the Rhodesian President Dupont, here in the UK we have bred toy poodles for 13 years, all but two have been placed into pet only homes but the two sold into the show ring, have both have made cruft’s qualifiers on several occasions.
I believe that the Border Colloodle is proven as a wonderful ACTIVE family pet.
Our kennels are called "SHAMWARI" Colloodles, Shamwari means FRIENDS in the Zimbabwean African Language.
Our new venture is breeding the Border Colloodle (Poodle sires x Border collie females)
Whilst I have taken the very controversial decision to diversify into cross breed dogs, it is not without a lot of soul searching, investigation and understanding of the two selected breeds.
It is fact that the poodle crosses are the worlds most popular of all types of dogs as family pets, they are so popular, yet still rare to find in the USA and Australia, so I believe that the Border Colloodle, will happen in the UK with or without me.
I love both breeds and the crosses of these two breeds which I have met are stunning fun dogs which make ideal companions.
Within the Border collie breed, my ASTRA lines, have led the way on health testing, recording and puppy rearing methods,
we will do no less with our Border Colloodles.
We will make sure we test both parents for the majority of the diseases carried by either or both parent to ensure we produce the healthiest puppies possible, they will be reared to the same high standards to prepare them for family life, even for jobs as working companions for search and rescue and service dog work.
I also believe, and sincerely hope, that this combination will never become a recognised breed, simply because humans have to work together in the development of a healthy breed even in livestock breeding, and takes 100’s even 1000's of suitable healthy males and females and THEN 100’s of humans all working together towards an agreed standard in order to establish and then maintain sufficient type, genetic diversity and health.
It is because of this historical lack of club/society support, community and co-operation that the pure breeds of today are largely displaying regular health issues and horrific deformities.
I truly hope dog breeders attitudes will one day change so instead of fighting and criticising each other, we can work together with respect. All breeders (especially the border collie breeders) should be working together to protect and constantly improve their breeds for 100’s of years to come.
Part ONE - 7 weeks old meeting visitors, older border collie puppy, toy poodles, adult border collie, we also chat about training and ownership responsibilities
Part TWO - 7 weeks old meeting visitors, older border collie puppy, toy poodles, adult border collie, we also chat about training and ownership responsibilities
Part THREE - 7 weeks old meeting visitors, older border collie puppy, toy poodles, adult border collie, we also chat about training and ownership responsibilities
a social time loose in the sitting room.
Red merle boy loves to carry things.
Learning to tug and carry things
Five weeks old, a new toy.
Working together (colluding) these very bright pups at just five weeks have figured out that they can get one of them to open the gate for them whilst their pen is being cleaned.
First time outside in the big wide world.
Aunty Silk (Lacey's Mum) helping out with feeding the pups, Silk's own pups are 8 weeks old and just about to go to new homes, and Silk still has a load of milk. so lets not waste it.
Mum wants to sleep but puppies at four weeks want to play.
They had a busy day moving into the bigger area in our sitting room.
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Time for a drink and she shows them their new home in our sitting room.
4 weeks old, they need more space and introduction to the litter tray for easier house training.
Taken during the photo shoot, each individual pup.
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We weight each pup before they are dewormed and they have their toe nails cut at the same time to stop them hurting their mum when drinking.
20 Days old, walking, hearing playing.
Coat starting to wave.
Two weeks old
One Week old
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