In September, 2015 the American Border Collie Association had a meeting, and it was decided to adopt a Code of Ethics and to Post the following on their website. They used the number of puppies a breeder produced in 2014, although the HV Breeders List was voted on in 2015! Breeders were not contacted individually. Breeders were not invited to show evidence to the contrary regarding what ABCA is insinuating, that the number of puppies from your farm or kennel determines whether or not you’re a responsible breeder. In my letter, which follows, I invited ABCA to send a representative to my farm to inspect my facility and my dogs. I also told them they could have my customer list to call or email them for their opinion of me and my dogs. To use a static number to determine one’s quality of puppies, and their care, I believe is faulty reasoning. I hope you’ll take the time to read this in it’s entirety, and then draw your own conclusions.
High Volume Breeders
The ABCA does not endorse high volume breeders. The main purpose of the ABCA is to protect and promote the working Border Collie. Good working Border Collie breeders rarely produce more than a few litters per year. It is the intent of the ABCA to encourage breeders to use livestock working ability as the primary criterion to select potential breeding stock. This is very difficult to do when breeding at a high volume rate. Please see ABCA’s Code of Ethics and Best Practices for further information on this and other factors helpful in evaluating the quality of breeders.