Harrisville, Michigan - USA
Featured on Discovery Network, Animal Planet, DOGS 101,
click HERE for photo essay of the filming at Quaker Farm.
Crown Thistle Collie puppies include U.S. and 100% European Bloodlines
Meet Our Dogs
AKC Canine Good Citizen Program
Welcome to Crown Thistle Collies!
Happiness is a fun-run through far ranging fields!
Spring 2015 - Puppies are available now. Click HERE to visit the Collie Nursery.
At Crown Thistle Collies, we sell rough Collie puppies from farm raised family dogs who are
beloved members of our family.
If you are looking for a Collie puppy, we sometimes have rough Collie
puppies for sale. Due to the popularity of our Collie dogs, we
generally have a waiting list. We usually a couple of litters a year as we advance and preserve our bloodlines and improve the next generation of
our remarkable Collie dogs.
We are located in Harrisville, Michigan. As a Michigan Collie breeder,
we sell quality rough Collie pups from normal-eyed championship European and American bloodlines.
We specialize in rough Sable and White
Collie pups, Tri-Color Collie puppies and occasionally we have White and Blue Merle Collie pups as well.
Our Collies are purpose-bred to not only have beautiful conformation, but to also have calm, gentle, intuitive, and highly intelligent
temperaments as well.
We have both show champion and working Collie bloodlines at our farm.
We raise only classic rough Collie dogs and do not work with or breed smooth Collies.
(Pictured left is grandson Johnathan, a 5th generation Collie enthusiast, playing with 5th generation
Crown Thistle Collie puppies while being filmed by Animal Planet.)
I am fortunate to have been raised with Collie dogs; my father and mother were Collie breeders.
a child, my greatest protector and friend was one of my parents stud-dogs,
"King". King was a classic Lassie look-alike, a sable rough Collie that exemplified
both breed standard and
while "Shadow" was one of our stylish companions - a beautiful Tricolor Collie who loved
children, and whose devotion I will never forget.
Read about our amazing Collie dogs, and other short stories. Available at AMAZON.
Our Collies also appear in some of our educational videos
about farm life and homesteading. For example, Willow is followed by a newborn lamb, who, after being
tries to chase after
the great, gentle Tri color Collie who had found him orphaned and alone and saved his life.
Watch the short, touching video
HERE. Willow and
the lamb appear at the end.
The black and white picture to the left shows me in 1971 at our family farm in Maine holding one of
family rough Collies
next to my grandfather. Two of his favorite dogs were Tilley and Brownie.
This web site is dedicated to my Grandfather who passed away in 2003. An immigrant from Ireland,
one of his favorite songs was "Danny Boy" - it's one of my favorite songs too.
Today, the tradition continues and I am greatly blessed to be able to work in partnership with several members of
my family, in Michigan and around the country, all of whom respect and love the Collie breed
improvement. Our Collie dogs are
raised as personal companions, as well as farm collies. Our farm Collie dogs are trained on a working farm with sheep,
horses and dairy
goats. Crown Thistle
Collies enjoy being able to live out their natural desires to work and herd, and are faithful, loyal friends to us.
We selectively breed Collies for superior temperaments,
confident intelligence, gentle
personalities, and a steady willingness to
learn and achieve. Collies are simply wonderful family dogs and great with children.
The relationship between a well-bred
Collie dog and a child is remarkable - I know because I experienced it in my
own childhood, and
I have seen it so often
through the years in the lives of
my children, my grandchildren, and the children in classrooms and libraries where our dogs visit. Because of our
commitment to them,
that our Collie puppies are placed in homes that can accommodate, responsibly train
and lovingly appreciate a Collie
for the wonderful dog that it is.
We use carefully selected European bloodlines to enhance ideal
temperament and ensure a
wide gene pool, soundness, and vitally important genetic diversity.
The sires we imported from Germany in 2003, and 2010, made even more
significant contributions to our already diverse Euro/American bloodlines.
information about the importance of genetic diversity in dogs,
watch the 2008 BBC documentary, Pure Bred Dogs Exposed. **NOTE** - this
is not a documentary which
we recommend for children - parental discretion strongly
During the important early psychologically formative weeks, we carefully train our Collie
puppies in an extensive and effective early kindergarten puppy program,
which includes teaching them how to swim by 7
weeks of age. Our unique early puppy training program helps our clients to get a good head start training a pup who is a confident and willing
learner. Our daughter Hannah, shown
on the left,
is swimming with one of our collie pups while being filmed for Animal Planet. This pup went to a wonderful family in MA who named her
We even cook for our dogs because we believe that after genetic diversity, excellent nutrition also
a vital role in the health and longevity of dogs. Nutrition can never be
as wholesome from a can
or bag of commercially processed dog food as fresh, natural food is. Fresh is best - true for people, true for dogs!
Our Collies are registered with the American Kennel
Club. We follow AKC initiatives for having puppies for sale, accurate identification, DNA
testing and health screening.
The Collie is a very special breed of dog and we
are committed to breeding highly intelligent, genetically sound, people-pleasing Collies for people
who are looking
for an excellent family dog. The Collie is a very manageable breed of dog and quietly mannered indoors. However,
they do require a regular
grooming schedule (one of my favorite hobby occupations is spinning and I love to spin Collie hair into yarn!).
Collie males grow to be 65 to 80 lbs, while female Collies average 45 to 65 lbs.
Collies are certainly among my very
favorite breed of dog and I feel they are one of the most dependable breeds of dogs with
children. Chore time everyday finds me in escort of my beautiful Collies who
share my love of the farm, enjoyment of the great outdoors and the satisfaction of
Assistance, Service and Therapy Dogs If you live within 2 hours of Harrisville, Michigan.
Every year we are privileged to place some of our extra talented and keenly intuitive dogs
in forever homes to assist with special
needs. Crown Thistle Collies successfully work as service, therapy and assistance dogs. Because of the
unique temperament of our Collies, even as pups, they have especially made notable contributions
to families with special needs children.
Currently, five of our Collie dogs are available, working when needed, as therapy dogs, reading dogs and
crisis relief dogs.
Crown Thistle Guardian Foster Program
Our holistic dog breeding program ensures the well-being of every Collie we own. Our dogs are
each loved, worked with,
treated and considered as the important individuals that they are. For this reason, we maintain a
Guardianship Foster Program
through which qualified families or individuals may be placed with one of our breeding quality Collies,
at a greatly
reduced cost. We retain full breeding rights to this dog for a limited amount of time,
after which, said Collie dog is altered and remains with
their forever home with no further attachments.
If you own your own home with a fenced yard.
If you have the personal circumstances to be able to care for (and house indoors) a large breed dog
that sheds (moderate to heavy) and needs
regular grooming care.
If, meeting the above requirements, you would like to be considered for this program, contact us for more
information and possible
application. This is a wonderful opportunity to own one of the most beautiful and classic pure-bred dogs
of all time; one with a rich history of legendary loyalty, ability and fame!
NOTE: We do not have puppies or dogs available for Guardianship at this time. Please contact us if you would like to
be put on a waiting list.
For a dog to be thy best friend, thee must first be his. - Quaker Anne
Crown Thistle Extras
Our grandson, Cameron, as a baby with faithful Lassie keeping his company...and then...
7 years later, our grandson Cameron reads to his beloved lifelong friend Lassie while
being filmed for
A boy and his dog experiencing a moment together that is now the
memory of a lifetime.
Pet portraits by Meredith R. Krell as paintings in oils or linoleum prints.
Meet Our Dogs
AKC Canine Good Citizen Program
Crown Thistle Collies participates in the American Kennel Club DNA testing program and microcopy identification for dogs.
For more information visit the AKC web site at www.akc.org