When Arie (Speedoggie Solar Power) was a year old, I had a number of people, including her breeder, suggest that I not spay her and consider breeding her.  She is an amazing dog- great temperament, structure, and drive, with a lot of mental balance as well as her athleticism.  So I spent four years looking into breeding practices, learning about genetics, and getting her tested.  I considered what I wanted in a stud, and found exactly what I was looking for in Nick, a great herding dog owned by Gene Sheninger in NJ.  Arie was bred to Nick in November 2012, and in January 2013, Arie became mother to 5 beautiful baby Border Collies.  I did a lot of work on exposing them to many different sights, sounds, smells, surfaces, people, animals, and as many other things as I could come up with, and found great homes for them, keeping one, Gethin.  I have no immediate plans to breed Arie again, and it will be 3-4 years before I consider breeding Gethin.

If you are interested in canine genetics, please consider joining my facebook group, Canine Genetics

I also suggest the Institute of Canine Biology and the Canine Diversity Project