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Old 05-17-2009, 06:27 PM
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While at a new Pet Store opening in our area today, we saw a man with a beautiful dog that resembled a Rough Collie, only it was a very pale cream color - so pale you could hardly see any white markings on the dog. I asked the man, and he said it was a "Blonde Collie." He said it was a very rare color for the breed, but more common overseas than in America. Anyone ever heard of this color on a Rough Collie? He was a striking dog, and if you looked closely, you could see the white blaze on his face, and the white markings on his chest and feet.
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:32 PM
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Would love to see a picture !!
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Old 05-17-2009, 07:47 PM
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Color: Both Rough and Smooth Collies are available in four standard colours, which are: sable and white, tri colour (which is mix of white, black and tan), blue merle and white.
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So would he technically be white then??

Interesting....thanks for sharing
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There is no such thing as a blonde Collie. It could have been a very light sable, but I doubt it. We had an English import when I was a kid that was a very light pale gold, but was still obviously a sable.

I think what may be the case is that this dog's a sable double merle (aka double dilute). If you breed a sable merle to another sable merle, or a sable merle to a blue merle, you could get a sable double merle.

There are a few "millers" out there who sell color-headed whites and double dilutes as "rare" and get a pretty penny for them. The difference between the European and US Collie colors is that we allow white and they don't. They don't have a "blonde" either ...
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:45 AM
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Interesting...thank you for sharing, i wasn't sure if it was considered white with "markings" like described....

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Hmmmmm, I wonder if he was a "white" collie - although the dog was primarily a cream (albeit, very pale cream) color. If I see the dog again, I'll definitely get a picture - he really was striking.
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Wonder if part of it is colour semantics.. People tell me often what pretty blonde cocker I have.. except blonde isn't a cocker colour.. she's buff.. People also call her tan a lot.

Wonder if not so good collie breeders use blonde as a selling point for ooh uniqueness.
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Do shelties come in a light "blonde sable"? I've seen some pretty large shelties, and if it was BYB then it's possible someone mixed collies and shelties without realizing it. Just curious, because I think there are some sheltie colors that don't exist in collies.
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Old 05-18-2009, 05:16 PM
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I found this picture of a double dilute merle collie, but it didn't say if it's blue or sable merle:

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I am not sure how common welsh sheepdogs would be in the US, but have known a few 'blonde' welsh sheepdogs.
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