The Foundation of Sylvan Collies

Where it all began ....

Sylvan Collies was established in 1983 under the guidance of Connie and Shirley DuBois. Throughout the years, we have bred almost 30 champions. Sylvan Collies have had success in All-Breed shows, Specialty shows, numerous CCA class wins as well as Award of Merits at the 2000 and 2001 CCA Nationals. The culminatin of our career in collies was topped by our Ch. Sylvan's Above And Beyond going BEST OF BREED at the Collie Club of America Specialty show in 2005. Our greatest success, however, has been producing healthy and sound Collies with outgoing personalities.

Breamore's Dream Weaver CH.Carnwath's Twice As Nice

Our foundation girls, Breamore's Dream Weaver, dam of four champions, and CH.Carnwath's Twice As Nice,dam of five champions, were instrumental in setting type for Sylvan Collies. These girls taught us that you could have a great showdog as well as great brood bitch in one package.

Dream Weaver gave us four champions sired by three different sires. When bred to our Can CH. Brandywine Carnwath Ti Amo, Dream Weaver produced Ch. Sylvan’s The Prophet who is seen in many of the Sylvan pedigrees today. Dream Weaver also produced Ch. Royal Guards I’m Merry Too, co-bred with Dory Samuels, who in turn went on to produce multiple specialty and Best In Show winning CH. Argent’s Big Bang. Ch. Sylvan’s The Prophet when bred to our Sylvan's Little Bit Of Love, produced our Sylvan’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s who in turn produced Ch. Sylvan’s Sage Advice, dam of Ch. Sylvan’s Ruffian, and major pointed Sylvan’s Autumn Tide. Breakfast At Tiffany’s last litter here at Sylvan, sired by her grandson, Ch. Sylvan’s Ruffian, produced the CCA class placing Can. Ch. Sylvan’s Fanciful Windsong as well as our Sylvan’s Four On the Floor.

Ch. Twice As Nice produced five champions out of seven total puppies for us from one sire, Ch. Carnwath’s Beat it. Her one unfinished daughter, who lacked one major of finishing, Sylvan’s No More Tears produced a landmark of her own through her Ch. Twin Acres Dark and Dashing offspring, Sylvan’s Fine and Dandy and Sylvan’s In Dress Blues. These dogs went on to produce the CCA class winning Ch. Sylvan’s Ruffian and the AOM winner Ch. Seneca’s In the Arms of an Angel-bred by Tom and Joan Witter. No More Tears is also the granddam of our Ch. Sylvan’s Standing Ovation. Twice As Nice’s other offspring, Ch. Thunderheart, Ch. Sylvan’s Storm Surge, Ch. Sylvan’s Dark Enchantment and Ch. Sylvan On the Wings Of the Nite can be seen in other Sylvan pedigrees. Her other daughter, Ch. Sylvan Galatean Double Delight has produced six champions and has been a strong influence for Galatean Collies.

Twice As Nice’s son, Ch. Thunderheart went on to produce three champions in only three litters sired. Thunderheart, when bred back to his sister, Dark Enchantment, produced our stunning Ch. Sylvan’s Sweetest Taboo. A power packed genetic goldmine, Taboo went on to produce, when bred to Ch. Sylvan’s Ruffian, the awesome Ch. Sylvan’s Above and Beyondand Sylvan’s Peekaboo. Above and Beyond went on to capture the Breed win at the 2005 National Speciality in Oklahoma under Mrs. Adria Weiner. Thunderheart also produced Ch. Sylvan’s Total Eclipse. Total Eclipse was an incredible showdog as well as a great companion. She produced three champions-to date for us when bred to Ch. Alfenloch The Silver Laser. The Silver Laser was bred along similar lines to Total Eclipse and the resulting puppies have continued to have success in the showring as well as produce the newest generation for Sylvan. This breeding produced Ch. Sylvan Argent Side Effects, sire of our Standing Ovation, Ch. Sylvan Argent Absolute Power and Ch. Sylvan Argent Over The Rainbow.

When the stats are compiled, for such a small kennel and limited breedings, our Dream Weaver and Twice As Nice have established for us a distinct look which is dominant for the characteristics these two bitches were bred on. We have combined the pedigrees of Dream Weaver and Twice As Nice with thrilling results. Even though, with every breeding, we find ourselves another generation away from these girls, we still see their influence in a certain attitude, a certain body style, a certain look through the eyes. To our dear girls, who gave us so much, we honor your memory with every success.

Connie and Shirley Dubois