About Us

Deen Doughty

Our names are Steve Baxley and Deen Doughty. We are the founders of Palmetto Service Dogs based in Aiken, South Carolina. Together we have more than a century of experience in breeding, raising, training, and exhibiting Collies.

Palmetto Service Dogs was started because we realized that we could combine our extensive knowledge of the Collie with our genuine desire to see our Collies aid and serve people in meaningful and life enhancing ways. Few breeds, if any, will offer better traits than Collies for this work.

Our Collies are all bred to conform to the official standard for the breed approved by the Collie Club of America. They are all purebred and registered as such by the American Kennel Club. To familiarize yourself with the breed, we recommend accessing the information at the websites of these two organizations:



Steve Baxley

Collies are historically herding dogs. Again, the traits inherent in herding dogs such as their intelligence, affection, loyalty and devotion to their owners are some of the same traits that contribute to the successful service dog. Please refer to the above websites for more information.

We, as responsible breeders, also make sure that every dog that goes to a new owner is healthy-physically, mentally, and genetically. Please refer to the Health section.

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It is very important for potential recipients to understand that Collies may not be suitable for all disabled individuals. Again, before you apply for one of our service dogs, it is imperative that you know about the breed. For instance, Collies are large 22-26 inches at the shoulder and 50-75 pounds. They require exercise and occasional grooming on a routine basis. Please refer to the Responsible Ownership information to learn what we believe every responsible dog owner should be willing to do. Certainly it is a requirement for a service dog from Palmetto Service Dogs.

It is our sincere desire to help disabled individuals have a service dog that has been assessed and trained to meet specific needs. We offer professional training described under the Training section.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.

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