Aurealis Collies is a small breeding program founded in 1976, located just north of Seattle, Washington. Withholding Collies of high quality, Aurealis has been breeding and exhibiting Collies at the National level for over 40 years - consistently producing CCA winners. Truly a family affair of devotion to the breed, the members of Aurealis consists of Deborah Falk (Founder) and her three daughters: Maret, Lauren and Julianna. All three daughters quickly shared the same passion, involvement, appreciation and detailed eye for breeding and exhibiting Collies and will carry on the Aurealis name for years to come. This dedication to the breed, development of presenting our timeless line of dogs, emphasis on genetic soundness, temperament, and beauty has paved the way for Aurealis to be one of the most successful kennels of today. Aurealis can be found in the pedigrees of collies in the United States of America, Canada, Germany, Argentina, Mexico and Denmark, to name a few. We are longtime members of the Collie Club of America and the Collie Health Foundation. Deborah Falk is a licensed AKC Judge of Collies & Junior Showmanship and a Breed Mentor for the CCA and is willing to share her knowledge and experience with relatively new breeders and exhibitors. All three daughters hope to follow in her footsteps and become AKC Judges themselves one day.
Aurealis has always kept it small with an emphasis being quality not quantity. With a passion for expression and elegance plus soundness, Aurealis has engineered a line of dogs that have pleased the eye of even the most discerning of Collie Critics. We capitalize on temperament and feel that all Collies should be able to perform the duty of what they were bred for along with striving for beautiful, correct conformation according to the AKC standard. Many of our Collies have been successful not only in conformation but agility, herding, obedience, therapy and tracking. We are proud to have accomplished this with limited breedings and careful selection. Aurealis Collies are excellent examples of breed type and we believe that continual study of improvement and excellence is what makes Aurealis Collies pass the test of time among every spectrum.
Deborah Blundell-Falk's love affair with Collies began as a child. Though a native of California, her siblings spent many summers in South Dakota on the Blundell farm. A very special female Rough Collie watched over the large group of cousins and herd of sheep. Deborah fell in love with her and subsequently began reading the Albert Payson Terhune novels and learning about the adventures of his beloved Collies.
Deborah was finally able to purchase her foundation bitch at the young age of 19 years old. She was from the famous Shoreham Collies in Southern California. This foundation bitch became Can Ch. Aurealis Mariposa O' Shoreham. Her dam was the beautiful Ch. Shoreham Desdemona and her sire was the famous 3x CCA BOB winner – Ch. Tartanside The Gladiator. Shortly thereafter, Deborah moved to Washington State to attend Nursing School in Seattle. With the encouragement and mentorship of Al and Helene Forthal of Shoreham Collies, Deborah began showing Mariposa and never looked back. Deborah attended numerous shows and Collie Club of America National Specialties watching and studying the beautiful Collies and learning as much as she could about true Collie breed type.
As a young exhibitor, Deborah piloted MBISS Ch. Rio Bravo Achilles to Best of Breed at the 1979 Collie Club of America, whom she co-owned with Michelle Altier of Bravo Collies. Subsequently, Deborah was the breeder/owner/handler of the Best In The West winner for multiple years, MBISS Ch. Aurealis Skylarking, who was Reserve Winners Dog the same year Achilles won the Breed in 1979.
In 1991, Deborah owner/handled Ch. Aurealis Silverscreen to Best of Breed at the Collie Club of America National Specialty under Judge Pat Starkweather of the renowned Glen Hill Collies. Though an unknown 2 year old at the time, Blake owned the ground he walked on that day and deservingly won the CCA's top honor under one of the icons in Collies. Later on, Blake made his way to the East Coast with Tom Coen winning Breed after Breed in dominant competition. At the 2000 CCA National, Blake was shown one last time and won the 11+ Veteran Class handled by his owner Deborah Falk.
Blake's most famous offspring made her reign in 1996, later becoming one of the most top winning bitches in CCA history, MBIS MBISS Ch. Aurealis Charidan Regina – 1997 CCA BOS Rough, 2x CCA AOM, a winner of 7 BIS, 20+ BISS and 80+ Group Placements. Gina made Group and Best In Show winning a trend for Collies, not just an occasion. Gina is still to this day one of the top winning bitches in breed history and the top winning Rough Tri-color. Gina opened the door for Collies to dominate in the All-Breed ring, while also being a regular standout in the CCA National Specialty ring, a combination that has been difficult for so many Collies. Gina was always handled by the incredible Janine Walker-Keith of Incandescent Collies of Southern California.
Though Deborah greatly slowed down the breeding and exhibiting of dogs in the late 90's to raise her three daughters, a few very important breedings still took place. An outcross to the prolific producer Ch. Gambit's Trick Of Light, ROM to the inbred Aurealis Ambience (3x double up on Silverscreen) resulted in two destined males, MBISS Ch. Aurealis Blueprint and MBISS Ch. Aurealis Bronze Glory. This brother duo accounted for over 20+ BISS wins and multiple herding group placement wins. Though Bronze Glory did not contribute to our breeding program, litter brother Blueprint can be found in the majority of our dogs pedigrees.
Looking to incorporate key attributes into our line, Aurealis acquired Ch. Tartanside Brocade, ROM bred by John Buddie of Tartanside Collies. While our kennel was greatly based off of Tartanside Collies, we knew that Brocade would propel us to the next phase as she was the product of two of the breeds most famous producers, Ch. Southland's Bowen Island, ROM - CCA Best of Breed and Ch. Tartanside Foolproof, ROM - Dam of 17 Champions. When searching for the right stud dog for Emma and after admiring the impressive Milas Collies for many years, we had the opportunity to bring Ch. Milas Aurealis Latin Samba home to Aurealis. Alex was the daughter of CCA WB/BOW Ch. Milas Latin Dancer, ROM. Alex brought exquisite length of head, neck and substance to the table while Emma was a dominant type-setter, producing class and elegance. When Brocade was bred Latin Samba, this once in a lifetime pairing could never be duplicated anywhere else in the Country and the rest is history. From the two repeat breedings, accomplishments include, 2016 CCA BOS Rough and 2016 #4 Hawkins System – MBISS Multiple Group Placing GCHB. Aurealis I Am Whimsical, 2019 CCA BOS to BOB and 2013 CCA AOM, #5 Hawkins System – MBISS Multiple Group Placing GCHS. Aurealis Coldplay, ROM, currently the sire of 20 American Champions, and 2019, 2016 CCA AOM and 2012 #10 Hawkins, 2015 #3 Hawkins, 2018 #10 Hawkins – MBISS, Multiple Group Winning GCHG. Aurealis Endeavour, ROM, currently the sire of 25 American Champions. Coldplay is the only Rough pure for sable ROM in breed history. Furthermore, Coldplay and Endeavour are the only full brother littermates to achieve ROM status. Descendents of these illustrious dogs continue to carry on their legacy at Aurealis and several other kennels and will for years to come.
Most recently, Endeavour's legacy lives on through his most dominant daughter Honey, Ch. Aurealis Rumor Has It, ROM who is the dam of our next superior stud dog, 2021 CCA Select Dog MBISS GCHS. Southland Aurealis Island Nights. Like our cherished Brocade, Island Nights is sired by the iconic Ch. Southland's Bowen Island, ROM - CCA Best Of Breed. A result of decades old frozen semen, Kasen brings virtues that have been seemingly lost in the breed. Proving to be as dominant as a producer as his sire, Island Nights is already the sire of 15 American Champions and several other major pointed puppies, all while producing consistent virtues with every bitch.
The future of Aurealis Collies will remain instilled with Deborah's three daughters: Maret, Lauren and Julianna. All three of whom have attained numerous accomplishments on their own accord including prestigious CCA wins, Multiple Best In Specialty Wins, Herding Group wins and placements and have each campaigned dogs to Top Ten Hawkins/Canine Chronicle status. All three share the same passion and devotion of breeding and exhibiting top calibre Collies and hope to carry on the Aurealis legacy for decades.
Members of the Collie Club of America
Members of the Collie Health Foundation
AKC Licensed Judge
AKC Breeder Mentor
AKC Breeder Of Merit