Our Story

Deborah, Maret, Lauren and Julianna pictured with GCHB Aurealis I Am Whimsical at the 2016 CCA National Specialty in Louisville, Kentucky.

Aurealis Collies is a small kennel founded in 1976, located just north of Seattle, Washington. Withholding Collies of the highest in 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 and world-renowned 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 and a Breed Mentor for the CCA and is willing to share her knowledge and experience with relatively new breeders and exhibitors.

 

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 breeding's 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.

 

THE BEGINNING:

Deborah Blundell-Falk's love affair of 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 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 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 Collie breed type.

 As a young handler, 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 bred/owned/handled the Best In The West winner for multiple years, MBISS Ch. Aurealis Skylarking. Also, 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 renowned Glen Hill Collies. Deborah owned the top winning tri-color in CCA history, a Ch. Aurealis Silverscreen daughter, MBIS MBISS Ch. Aurealis Charidan Regina – 1997 CCA BOS Rough, 2x CCA AOM, Winner of 7 BIS, 20+ BISS and 80+ Group Placements.  Current accomplishments include, 2016 CCA BOS Rough – MBISS GCHB. Aurealis I Am Whimsical, 2019 CCA BOS to BOB & 2013 CCA AOM – MBISS GCHS. Aurealis Coldplay and 2019 & 2016 CCA AOM – MBISS GCHS. Aurealis Endeavour, ROM. This passion for the breed and development of a line of dogs with emphasis on elegance, soundness and temperament, became a family affair shared with Deborah and her three daughters, hence Aurealis Collies, est. in 1976. As of 2018, it is a privilege and honor for Deborah to become an AKC Judge for Collies and Junior Showmanship. She looks forward to judging many beautiful Collies on her journey as a Breeder Judge.

THE FUTURE:

 

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, MBISS's, Group wins and placements, campaigned dogs to Top Ten status, traveled around the country exhibiting and mentoring new exhibitors and young breeders.

Members of the Collie Club of America

Members of the Collie Health Foundation

AKC Licensed Judge

AKC Breeder Mentor

AKC Breeder Of Merit