Naturally Reared Puppies

*** Breeding Plans***
Spring 2021 Litter

 The very talented Maxine has been bred to the equally talented Imp. Finn. Puppies due late May, 2021. Reservations still available.

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Please read on to learn about my breeding philosophy and methods, and how to apply for a puppy.  Be sure to check out my puppy blog for photos and regular updates!

My goal in breeding is always to produce my next working dog for the farm, and hopefully a nice trial prospect as well.  Puppies will be naturally reared and raised using Puppy Culture techniques (see below for more information on these methods).

Because these puppies will grow to become high drive working dogs, I will not be placing them in pet homes.  If you are seeking a pet companion dog, please consider rescue.  I have adopted many rescue dogs over the years, and can attest to what wonderful loving friends, companions, and performance partners they make.

To read the details on how I raise a litter, please join my on my puppy blog!  There you will find a collection of posts with puppy rearing information, and of course lots of pictures and videos.

Please note, while I consider every application on a case by case basis, in general I do not:

  • Sell puppies to homes with children under 12
  • Ship puppies
  • Let puppies leave their mother before 10 weeks of age
  • Sell puppies for breeding purposes (working homes will be considered)
  • Place puppies in pet homes.

For a puppy application, please email

Breeding Program

Kynic Stockdogs is dedicated to raising the best quality working border collies possible.  To do so, I start with talented, healthy adults and then raise puppies naturally and with Puppy Culture techniques.  Please read on to learn more about what this process looks like…

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My dogs are an integral part of my small, working homestead.  They are my companions and working partners,and each has a special role around my home and farm.  I breed only occasionally, when I am looking for a new puppy to add to my team.  As such, every litter – and every puppy – is a big deal and a very exciting event on the farm!

Breeding Philosophy

Excellent health and steady, friendly temperaments are central to our breeding program.  Furthermore, my pups are carefully selected to be top notch working stockdogs.  I love all my canine companions but, before being bred, they must prove themselves to be excellent examples of their breed.  With the Border Collies, this means being trained to a high level of competency in herding as well as being able to do all important chores on the farm, and occasionally in other venues as need be.

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Health & Diet

Kynic puppies are naturally reared, which means they are weaned to raw meat and pastured organic eggs from our farm.  I work hard to eliminate chemicals in their environment, using only biodegradable natural cleaners (such as baking soda and vinegar), and avoiding the use of chemical flea & tick deterrents and dewormers around young immune systems.

I am very fortunate to have the support of a wonderful team of holistic veterinary practitioners, in addition to in-house knowledge gained through over two decades practical experience, to ensure that homeopathy, acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other holistic approaches to health are our front line.

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With respect to vaccines, we encourage the protocol recommended by Dr. Don Hamilton, DVM.  This means that puppies are not vaccinated until at least 10 weeks of age (prior to this their mother’s antibodies interfere with the vaccine, potentially negating its effectiveness).  Dr. Hamilton advises that puppies over 10 weeks receive single distemper and parvo vaccines, spaced several weeks apart.  Rabies is to be administered when the immune system is more mature, the recommended age being at least 8 months (however implementation may vary according to legal requirements).

Raising Our Puppies

I raise my litters using a modified (breed-appropriate) version of Puppy Culture methods. I will also be exploring Avigard’s methods for this latest litter. You can follow the journey here, on my Puppy Blog.

Pups are whelped and raised in my guest apartment, where I live with them until they are ready to go to their new homes. This allows them a safe space, where they are kept quiet and warm for their first couple of weeks, before begin introduced to the world.


Once pups can hear, see, and crawl about, pups are raised under foot, carefully introduced to the rest of the pack and progressively included in daily activity about the house, and eventually around the farm.

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By the time pups are ready to go, they will have been exposed to new people and dogs (Covid permitting); different sights, sounds, smells, and environments; car trips; livestock; crates and anything else I can think of to help them build the foundation to blossom into the most confident, resilient dogs possible.

Because I believe in building immune systems naturally, I work to gradually expose puppies to new situations.  This means avoiding taking them to dog parks or other high-traffic dog areas where their immature immune systems might get overwhelmed. At the same time, beginning around 7 weeks, I take them to low-density public areas to gradually expose them to new environments. As they mature, puppies will be taken to herding and agility trials and classes (again, Covid permitting), as well as to training venues where permitted.


By the time puppies are ready to go to their permanent homes they will have solid recalls, be clicker imprinted and have training basics under their belts.  Pups going to working homes will also be regularly exposed to livestock (sheep, goats, horses, ducks and chickens) and our livestock guardian dogs.


I do my very best to carefully match each puppy with the home that will fit their needs and activity levels, and each buyer with the puppy that will best meet their lifestyle, training, and competition goals.  For this reason, I ask that potential buyers fill out a puppy application and spend time getting to know us and our dogs, prior to placing a deposit and eventually purchasing a puppy.

With rare exceptions to working homes, puppies are sold on non-breeding contracts.  Please note that I do not believe that AKC/CKC herding competitions sufficiently test the working ability of a dog to establish its viability for breeding.

I strongly recommend that a raw diet and natural approach to rearing be maintained for the life of each dog and am happy to offer help, information, and support to any puppy homes wishing to do so.


If you are interested in a Kynic Stockdog naturally reared puppy, please email me (Hélène) at for more information and a puppy application.