We do not ship puppies. Meeting your puppy for the first time is a milestone for you both. When you come to Rosewyn Farm, it allows your puppy to meet you for the first time in his happy place, before the stress of traveling. The week of pickup, we will email you your puppy's training plan (which is based on his APET results) so that you can prepare for the best introduction possible. When you arrive for your appointment, we'll go over your puppy starter kit, cover training techniques and any other questions you may have, and take your Gotcha Day picture together. This appointment is essential, non-negotiable, and a lot of fun!
It begins when you send us an email from our program summary page, introducing yourself. In this email, we want to hear about you, what you're looking for in a pup, any questions or concerns you have about our program, etc. If it sounds like we’re a good fit, we’ll ask you to submit an application. After we've completed interviews and checked all references, we move approved applicants onto our waiting list.
From there, we begin the lengthy process of matching. Not every pup is a good match for every person on the waiting list, and so you may have to wait for a future litter if we don’t have the right pup this time around. At around 8 weeks of age, we conduct the APET temperament test and combine this information with our notes, observations, and discussions in order to match puppies and people.
Once we are sure that we have a puppy for you, we will send you a reservation invitation. Confirming your reservation is a firm commitment to both us and your puppy. Full payment is due one week before your pickup appointment.
Puppies are picked up here at Rosewyn Farm at approximately 9 weeks of age.
Please check our Current Litter page for information on our current or upcoming litters.
If we have a puppy that is ideally suited to family life, we don't hold out for a farm placement. Our goal is to place each puppy into the home that best fits his temperament, drive, and personality, regardless of whether that is a farm or a family. It's all about the match.
While we are actively breeding to preserve good farm (and poultry) genetics, the qualities that make a great farm collie also make for a wonderful family dog as well: intelligence, biddability, sagacity, gentleness, a solid off button, and a love of babies and people. Our goal is to breed for these qualities in every single puppy.
Buyer picks are often overwhelming to the buyer or are based on emotion, a perceived connection, the puppy "picking" a buyer, or some other random criteria. As buyers, our best experience was when our breeder listened deeply to our needs and chose our puppy for us (Andy - we love him!), and we've experienced that same success with our owners as well. No one knows them better than we do, and by the end of our interview process, we know exactly what our owners are looking for. The success of our entire program is rooted in making great matches.
Have you ever had a bad farm dog? We have.
A bad farm dog is a waste of time, money, and energy. At best, he may apathetic towards his stock or the perimeter. He may be deaf to the sound of your voice when he's in hot pursuit. He may worry and the stress the stock by chasing or hunting. At worst, he may end up costing you dearly.
A good farm dog, on the other hand, maintains a secure perimeter, defends against predators, and protects his stock and his farm. He is an investment in food security, farm production, and peace of mind. The question is, how much do you value these things?
There is no such thing as just a farm dog; a good one is worth his weight in gold.
No, we don't. Our puppies are raised in our home in a family setting, meaning that we don't have commercial facilities or a staff available for the extra work load that would be required by being open to the public. While we love visiting with people, raising a litter is intense, and we simply don't have the time or the manpower to accommodate visitors.
To get to know us and our dogs better, we've provided this website that's growing all the time; we're on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube where we share pictures and videos of our dogs and their life, both in our family and on our farm; we manage our Facebook education groups where we discuss dogs in general and our dogs specifically; we email, and talk with people through video calls; and our puppy families are happy to talk with potential owners about their experiences with us and our dogs.
When you buy a Rosewyn Scotch Collie, you’re getting more than the puppy you hold in your arms. You have behind him the working abilities of his parents and grandparents. You'll have the rarity of his genetics, as we don't repeat breedings. You receive all of the study, work, planning, preparation, and expense that went into breeding his unique purpose-bred litter. You benefit from 24/7 access to Jennifer’s Avidog brain for your dog’s entire lifetime. You’ll receive our comprehensive starter kit that continues the solid foundation that your puppy started his life with. It includes fun things like his crate, collar, leash, clicker, toys, and potty training tools, but it goes deeper to include diagnostic DNA testing, our 6-year genetic health warranty, AKC Reunite microchip, The Binder, farm swag, and so much more. You and your puppy will benefit every day from thoughtful, mindful, creative, and detailed puppy rearing, from socialization to cutting-edge vaccination protocols to thorough worming, our veterinary team, and even early training. You'll have exposure to poultry and our watchful eye for your puppy’s affinity to work with birds. You'll be a part of our private Facebook group where we share photos, stories, and our lives with these amazing dogs. You’re assured that your puppy that wasn’t “the last one left”, but a baby dog that born for you: he was loved, observed, developed, assessed, and selected for you. If we don’t have the right match for you, we'll be up front and tell you. We would rather keep them for a year than to place them in the wrong home, and we have.
We do our very best to enable our owners and their dogs to live a long and happy life together. We love our puppy families. They are the absolute best!