Thistle Farms - Only the Best Genetics

We Breed Superior

Border Collies

Our Border Collies are owned and raised by Lillian Yontz - a cattle farmer with decades of experience and success in breeding beautiful animals.

The Border Collies at Thistle Farms are fearless athletes who never want to stop working.

Our dogs NEED to work.

Thistle Farm's Border Collies are "too much dog" for the average household. This is a working dog with a complex personality and special needs. It's difficult to keep this breed satisfied and well-behaved.

Your friend and hardest worker…

At Thistle Farm we believe that Border Collies were never intended to be simply household pets. Get them involved in herding, or agility (obstacle course), or advanced obedience. Play frisbee with them. Throw their ball over and over and over. They must have physical outlets for their energy and mental outlets for their intelligent minds. Trying to suppress their "hardwired" working behaviors, without providing alternate outlets for their high energy level, is virtually impossible and not fair to the dog.

Exceptionally intelligent and versatile. Eager to learn and work.

This working farm dog is famous for his intimidating “eye” – a fixed, hypnotic stare as he crouches low and creeps up on the sheep.

One of the most intelligent of all breeds, the Border Collie is also one of the most challenging to live with.

His superior intellect, combined with his intensity and obsessive zeal for working, are his most impressive features – and also the ones that make him unsuitable for most homes.

This sharp-eyed, quick-thinking, fanatical workaholic has been bred for endless miles of sprinting and stop-and-go action.

Thistle Farm’s Border Collies are for you if…
  • Is medium-sized and natural-looking
  • Has a handsome, easy-groom coat
  • Is very athletic and thrives on TONS of exercise and training
  • Is exceptionally intelligent and versatile – when well-trained, can learn and do almost anything
  • Will play fetch for hours and hours…
They will NOT be right for you if…
  • An intense athlete who can drive you up the wall with obsessive and destructive behaviors if you don’t provide lots of exercise and creative outlets for his energy
  • Compulsive staring, chasing, poking, and nipping at things that move: children, other animals, joggers, bicylists
  • Shyness when not socialized enough

Border Collies: Beautiful & Intelligent

The Border Collies at Thistle Farms are intelligent workaholics. They are capable of learning a remarkable number of words and commands, and they are happiest when they are put to work every day.

Ready to take the Border Collie leap?

Serious inquiries only, please. Keep in mind that the inheritance of temperament is less predictable than the inheritance of physical traits such as size or shedding. Temperament and behavior are also shaped by raising and training.

Discover the Journey

of Lillian Yontz

"I had a cow before I was born. My grandfather chose a cow and a horse for me then. As I grew older I became curious about the relationship between cows and humans throughout history, and their impact on culture..."