Location: 8 min. from Chatham-Kent, in Charing Cross, ON ~Canada~
A little bit about us...
Bellaclan Border Collies is located in Canada, in Charing Cross, Ontario. We are 8 min. outside Chatham, ON (1 hr from London, 1 hr from Windsor, 1 hr and 20 min from Detroit Airport and 2.5 hrs from the Toronto Airport) We are surrounded by many fields, forests, and lakes in very close proximity to our home. 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 are fed a RAW diet of human grade meat, each dog fed a combination of bone, muscle meat and organ according to their individual needs. Our Border Collies are at training classes frequently, we never stop training them. They come hiking, and biking over many miles a day. We 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 the 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 vets regularly. We feed our dogs a grain inclusive RAW diet of muscle meat, bone, organs, oatmeal and sweet potatoes, along with a vast array of top quality supplements...each dog has custom made ratios to cater to their individual nutritional needs.
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")!