True White Collies are NOT rare........
Photos of our gorgeous white collies that were bred right here at Sweet
Collies!
"Memphis Belle"  is lovingly owned by the Bergstrom family
of Calif. Memphis Belle is a sable merle marked white
smooth and litter sister to Smooch and Ariana pictuured
below.
Ch. Glasgowhill Sweet Temptation
(Ch Sweet Carealot Ace N' Th' Hole  ex  Bent Oak's Amongst
Thieves)
Smooch is a dynamite girl who has several Breed wins to
her name. She was bred here by Sweet Collies,
Smooch is a sable merle marked white smooth.
Dune's Sweet BluShamrockNSno
(Ch Sweet Carealot Ace N' Th' Hole  ex  Bent Oak's Amongst
Thieves)
Ariana is also a dynamite girl , very well put together like
her litter sisters above, who also has  Breed wins to her
name as well.
She too was bred here by Sweet Collies.
Ariana is a blue merle marked white smooth.
Gavin was an incredible dog , he is deeply missed. His
offspring live on today all over the U.S. and in Germany too.
Gavin was out of our foundation bitch "Sugar."
Gavin was a tri factored, sable marked white rough.
In Loving Memory.......
Sweet's Jupiter Sedona Dust  "Gavin"
(Tulip Winds Sweet White Sky, Ptd.  x  Sweet's Foxy Lady)
Read about the many colors of collies below....


Coat color  inheritance.

1. Pure for sable. This is a product of two sable parents and carries no tri-color
gene at all. Usually a light or orange sable. This dog can only produce sables no
matter what you breed it to.

2. Tri-factored sable. This is also known as a shaded sable, mahogany sable, or
black-tipped sable. These are just a few of the ways described but the only
correct way is ..tri-factored.
These are the rich reds with the black overlay and the dark face mask. They can
also be very bland in color. A tri-factored sable can produce sables and tris
depending on what it is bred to as it carries a tri gene.

3. Tricolor. This is the black Collie with the tan points. It has a black body that
varies in depth of color. It again can produce sables or tris depending on what
you breed to. It can be carried as a recessive just like the sable..and this would
be your tri-factored sable.

4. Blue Merle and/or Sable Merle. This is perhaps the most misunderstood gene
of all, but it is really very simple. A merle is a tri-colored dog or a sable-colored
dog with a dominant dilution gene and the dominant dilution gene is what
makes it become a merle. IT IS NOT RECESSIVE. IF IT IS PRESENT..THE DOG
IS A MERLE . Think of it more as a condition than a color. There is no way to
get a merle unless you breed to a merle. You can think if it being inherited
independently of color. A Blue Merle is a tri-colored dog with a dominant
dilution gene. A Sable Merle is a sable-colored dog with a dominant dilution
gene. There is also a color we call "Cryptic Merle" this color of collie appears tri
colored with a patch of blue merle somewhere, usually hidden on the dog's
body.

5. White. The white gene is also carried independently of color. White in the
Collie is not so much as a color as a condition just like the dilution gene we just
went over. The white Collie does come with a color that is inherited just like a
non-white collie. In the white though, the only place you usually see the color is
on the head and maybe a body spot or two.  The white means that they
inherited the white gene and can produce a white.

THERE'S MORE
White Collies can only be produced when bred to another White Collie, or to a
white-factored Collie. A white-factor is a dog that carries the white gene, but is
not white itself. It can USUALLY (not always) be detected by a unique marking
inside of the back legs. The white extends in an unbroken line all the way up
the inside of the back leg and is visible by looking at the dog from the side.

White Collies are healthy. What I want to express is that the White gene itself
does not affect the health. This is not to be confused with a Double Dilute white
Collie which can have health problems and are often born blind, without eyes
or deaf. They also suffer from internal problems such as liver and kidney
problems and if they live through the first few weeks, USUALLY die at an early
age because of the internal problems. There have been many Double Dilutes
that have been grown out and lived long and productive lives, but this is the
exception. If bred, it can only produce a Merle. The Double Dilute can only
occur when two Merles are bred together and that offspring inherites a
Dominant dilution gene from each parent..thus the Double Dilute. It appears
white, but is not a TRUE white.

Now onto our beautiful white collies....