A little bit about us...
Bellaclan is located in Canada, along the shores of Lake Superior, just outside Thunder Bay, ON. We are surrounded by many fields, forests, and lakes in very close proximity to our home. Our Border Collies have 10 ft by 20 ft outdoor runs as well as large fields to run and play in all year round. In order to maintain our Border Collies at a peak physical and mental state we partake in many hours of activities to keep them in athletic show condition. They are treated like athletes and thus are fed the absolute best Canadian made foods. Our Border Collies are at training classes frequently, we never stop training them. They come on trail rides with the horses, hiking, and biking over many miles a day. Bellaclan Border Collies have done very well in the show ring in not only conformation, but in herding, rally, agility, barn hunt, and obedience competitions throughout the world! Bellaclan Border Collies work many "jobs" that contribute greatly to many people lives, these include; SAR (Search and Rescue), Drug Detection, Service Dogs, Tracking Dogs, ESA (Emotional Support Animal), and as much loved active family pets! You can even meet one of our dogs "Fin" at our local Thunder Bay Country Club where he is the "Chief" of goose removal!
Naturally Reared & Minimally Vaccinated
We do not believe in over vaccinating. We following Dr Jean Dodds Vaccination protocol carefully, and request the same of our puppy owners if possible. We avoid the use of antibiotics and other drugs if at all possible. Our Border Collies are seen by our vet at Crossroads Veterinary Clinic, and we recommend them to all of our local puppy owners.
DNA & Physical Genetic Health Screening
We health test all our dogs for genetic disease PRIOR to them being bred. All dogs are eye, hip and elbow certified with the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) and BAER hearing tested when possible. In addition, our dogs are DNA tested with one of the quality Canine DNA labs (Optigen, Animal Genetics, or Embark) for the genetic disorders that can affect the Border Collie. The main ones are CEA, CL and TNS but we also test for a multitude of others.
Reared & Trained using Puppy Culture!
The Puppy Culture Program is a unique way of training and rearing to give our pups the best advantage to be well socialized family pets and sets a solid foundation for those pups that will go onto be competitive in any doggy sports or in the conformation ring. We highly recommend continuing this way of training when you bring your puppy home.
We abide by The Code of Ethics set out by the Border Collie Society of America, and the Canadian Kennel Club, both of which we are a member of, in good standing. We highly recommend that all Border Collie owners join the BCSA as they are continuously providing educational opportunities about the Border Collie breed for all those who love the breed as much as we do!
Why the name "Bellaclan"?
This goes back to our half Irish heritage. We are proud to be Irish, and our clan (family) used a beautiful line of Border Collies to work their sheep in our old country, Ireland. Thus it was only fitting to call our line of dogs the Bellaclan Border Collies (Meaning "beautiful family of Border Collies")!