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We only breed one to two litters a year, do genetic tests on our shelties, and breed to The Shetland Sheepdog Standard.
I breed for myself first. Although I have retired from the show ring.
I still breed the best to keep my Lockehill line going.
Lockehill bred shelties appear in the predigrees of many prominent Kennels.
To navigate around just click the live links and pictures...have fun!

The following shelties are the result of thirty years of breeding the best I could. I have always done genetic testing and health of the sheltie is my number one goal. The Families who have adopted my "retirees" and pups have loved their Lockehill shelties and have often come back for more. Makes me feel like I am doing something right when I receive a nice email like this one from Traci Woody: "I really enjoyed your website. So much info and I can tell you have a real love for what you do. It's so unusual these days. I was looking for a puppy and stumbled across your site after looking at many. Your pups are just so pretty and happy. You can't buy that kind of pride."

To view some of twenty nine years worth of past Lockehill Puppies click on the picture of "Dante pup "

Warning: several brokers and volume breeders over the years have stolen my puppy photos and represented them as their own. Please go visit your breeder, never buy a pup sight unseen and never trust a broker or a breeder that uses brokers. I cannot believe a person would buy a life long companion as if it were a book on Amazon! ... take heed, the picture you see may not be the puppy you get!

Please take time to read "Why is it so hard to find a sheltie" at the bottom of this page



LITTER INFORMATION

 

November 17, 2018: Tess (Lockehil A Song In My Heart), has been bred to Chivas (Kismet's Breyston's Luck of the Draw) who is tail female to my Lucy. Tess is tail female to Lottie so this will be the Lucy-Lottie cross that has worked so well for me in the past.

 

December 20, 2018: Miss Tess delivered a lovely litter of six today. Two boys and four girls. Mom and babies are all doing well. She whelped easy and went about the task like the good mom she is. Pictures after they are settled.

 

 

December 21, 2018: These are Tess pups at 20 hours. Mom is out for a potty break and I circle them with a soft blanket to keep them on the warmer. It is set on low to just feel warm to the touch.

Then mom returns to check them all, I remove the blanket and they start crawling to her, their little noses tell them where she is. The pups are really nice and are plumping out. As you can see, mom has scrubbed them clean.

Life is good.

 

December 24, 2018: The Tess litter is four days old and very content and fat. The little girl, see arrow, is very small. She is about half the size of her siblings. You can see her in the picture on the left, doing well now but I am hand feeding her as she is too small to compete for a spot at the dinner table.

Tess was under 3 onces at birth and made it to 14".

 

 

 

January 3, 2019: Tess cleaning and feeding pups while I change their bed. Then mom and babes in the clean bed and of course, messing it up. Mom doing diaper duty.

Pups will be two weeks old tomorrow and two have eyes open. The others will be open soon and they are walking!

 

January 14, 2019: Tess pups are three &half weeks old today and are having their meal of goat milk, soft kibble, and rice cereal. They really dig in along with Midge who joins her litter mates for dinner.

The blue arrow marks the boys, the balance are girls

Midge is being fostered by Serena and she is really doing well. Still lighter in weight than her foster brother who is 13 days younger. She is pictured on the right at three weeks.

Mid week we are going to have some mild weather and they will get to go out on the porch for the first time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 17, 2019 : Today we are four weeks old and big mom took us out for a playday on the porch. Lucky for us, we have sunshine and 70o. It was a blast! and our mom was with us to keep us brave.

Before long mom was gone but we did not miss her, too many new toys to play with. We could see some strange black puppies playing behind the fence, you know, they moved when we moved.

Big mom said we better enjoy the sun because it was going to be COLD tomorrow.

 

January 17, 2019 : continued

These toys are really fun and we all get one to chew. Center, Big mom brought our little Sister Midge to join us, she thinks we smell strange and is not too brave about playing but she got some time in the sun too.

Then she was back with her adopted brother for some reassurance. He is her bud and she loves him very much. He is starting to walk and his eyes are cracking open. tomorrow he will be two weeks old.

 


January 19, 2019 : My house has gone to the dogs!

Since Tess' litter is large, I had to enlarge the pen in my Living Room. It is now 4x6 with a 2x4 bed area. I am in the process of going from felt pad to paper since the pups can walk well now.

I plan to add a litter box for them at five weeks. My sheltie friends say it works well and keeps the pen much cleaner. Just need a tray of pine bedding pellets that you get at the feed store.....why not!

The 4x4 whelping pen is now made ready for Serena's pups in my bedroom. Boss dog has his eyes open and can find mom easy enough. I will continue to put them in the night crate for a few more days until he is walking well.

PUPPY MILL SELLER...... BEWARE, BEWARE

January 21, 2019 : My worst Nightmare is that I get duped and sell one of my female pups to someone like this! I live in Comal County. As I said many times GO VISIT YOUR BREEDER AT THEIR HOME/KENNEL.

Richard Valdez, San Antonio writes:
This man and woman are circulating our County every day with SUV full of puppy mill pups! Is known to have sold many sick pups here locally. He gets run off by concerned citizens or police and just moves a little further down the road and continues! This sick guy has to be stopped! These poor peeps likely don't even know what they're getting into thinking they're getting a healthy happy pup! Report whereabouts to Comal County Sheriff or submit to Comal County Crimestoppers (Ref Tip ID 427-W8258): Hotline: 830-620-TIPS
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October 28, 2018: I have just finished breeding Lockehill Serena's Song "Serena" (right) to GCh Paray's Panasonic "DJ" (far right). If she is pregnant, we will have pups early January. They will be available in March..

Both Serena and DJ have their genetic tests done and have their "CHIC' certifications from The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. Test results can be seen at ofa.org

December 31, 2018: Took Serena to the vet today for an x-ray and as I suspected, she has only one pup in the oven. My plan is to let Serena raise the wee girl in Tesses litter with her new baby which should be here in a couple of days. Will be better for both pups.

 

January 3, 2019: Serena has but one pup in the oven so it took some time for it to decide it was time to leave the warm cozy womb.

Serena's temperature finally dropped this morning so she is in the whelping pen for the duration.

January 4, 2019: As so often happens with only one pup, things are so nice in mom that HE was in no hurry to leave.

 

We waited and waited but Serena did not go into end stage labor so we went to the vet and whalah... a nice little boy was born via c-section

January 5, 2019 Tess' girl Midge has joined Serena's son. Midge is 14 days old and "Boss" is one day old...go figure. Both are healthy.

January 19, 2019: Boss is two weeks old and outgrowing his adopted sister Midge big time. Serena is a very good mom


BELOW IS MY LAST LITTER BORN FEBRUARY 2018

 

March 21, 2018: four weeks old today. Oh how we love our mom! Today we are enjoying the cool morning on the suuny porch. Mom squeezed into our bed and we enjoyed suggle time. Even had a good smooch with mom.

This next week she will spend less time with her brood and they are only together when she wants to be with them and at night when I close her in the pen with them. The pups teeth are in and they are starting to bite harder (my toes can attest to that) which means we will be going to soften kibble and no more rice cereal. About mid week they will have a bowl of hard kibble in their pen so they can start to mouth it. By next week we will be able to start crunching down on dry kibble.

Next week our pen will get larger and we will have new adventures, can hardly wait.

 

 

 

April 2, 2018: Out first day in the puppy yard was a blast! We have so many great new things to explore....and we can run!

We wore ourselves out so we had to go back to the porch to rest. We ate so many sticks and leaves that Mom will have a job cleaning up after us.

Life is good.

 

 

April 14 , 2018: We got to play in the yard but Mom made us wear these collar things. How can you chase anyone on three legs.

It was very warm out so we had to wait until late to get to run but it is worth the wait. We can eat sticks, leaves, and BUGS. You have to be quick because Mom will steal them from you.

Far right Lucy aka Becca is in time out because she had a spat with her brother....he was getting the best bugs and would not share so she bit him on the nose.

 

 

 

 

April 20, 2018: The first pups are on their way to their forever homes. Bittersweet for me as I do enjoy watching them go from little blobs to happy youngsters. Perhaps I am sentimental in my old age, but each one is so special to me. They grow and change in "fast forward" just like my life seems to be doing now. I am blessed to have such wonderful families come to collect their prize pups. This litter of five all went to families that have raised Lockehill pups before and had returned for a "refill".

The pup pictured with me is Lila aka Shannon... Be a good girl Lila!

Pups have all gone to their new homes.

 

These are some nice notes from their new families:

" Thank you so much for spending so much time with us yesterday . I wanted to let you know that Lila has made a wonderful transition to our home and seems happy to be here. We will love her with all of our hearts. Thank you again and we'll see you in mid May when Lila comes back to you for a short visit!!
Warmly, Leslie  (Lila's mom)

"Thank you so much for allowing us to have another one of your awesome puppies.  You have been such a blessing to us and your dogs are the best.  Riley has been playing out in the yard and now she is sound asleep in the recliner beside me.  I know I will have questions and I hope you don't mind me bending your ear for advice and help with questions.  I really want to tell you again thank you for choosing us to receive one of your puppies." Hugs, Scott, Kathy and Riley aka Johanna

" Buddy (aka Jason) is one very happy little boy.  He's so full of life and is so much fun.  We have a zillion toys and have given him many of them to play with.  From the very first time I threw a frisbee for him in the yard, he retrieved it.  I thought it was a fluke and threw it several more times, only for him to bring it right back to me.  Now we do the same with other toys in the house.  That's amazing to me for him to be so young.  He's pretty good about going to the bathroom outside and we take him often. ....  Hannah is tolerating him and very curious about him.... until he is really annoying her and she comes to me tell me she has had enough.  I think they are going to get along just fine. ....  He sleeps every night without any fuss.  He is such a sweet little boy.. ..  We just love our little boy so much and think he loves us too.  He is a real blessing to us and a bundle of fun.  I hope all his sisters and brother are adjusting as well as he is.  We are so happy to have Buddy in our family." ...Janis Womack



WHY IS IT SO HARD TO FIND A NICE SHELTIE?

The constant assault by the anti-animal zealots, with their onerous laws and impossible to comply with regulations has worn me down (which is their goal). I, like so many reputable breeders, am done with the hassle. It will soon be very difficult to find a nice sheltie, or any other purebred dog for that matter, that was not born in a "factory store" with no socialization...never allowed to dig a hole, play in the leaves, or bury a bone! Born in a sterile environment instead of the soft bedding in the corner of the bedroom...never allowed to "live" in their breeders home or enjoy the company of the other shelties.

The "Too Cute" breeders you see on TV will be no more as the average house cannot be converted to a USDA compliant facility. Federal standards for licensed facilities dictate sanitation measures not feasible in a normal home, surfaces that are impervious to moisture, that must be steam cleaned at 180o, ventilation, bio-hazard control, separate waste disposal systems, diurnal lighting, drainage systems, washrooms, isolation measures, etc. etc.

Good honest breeders who care for their dogs will be hurt, the hoarders and puppy mills will just go underground and keep on doing what they do now because they don't care. They sell their pups off the side of the highway or through brokers or pet shops so they cannot be located. Most of those Ads that pop up first in the search engine are for pups supplied by volume breeders. There are laws enough now to do away with them that are not enforced. Meanwhile the curr dogs born under the porch and allowed to roam intact will always be around and you will be made to feel obligated to adopt them and made to feel guilty for choosing a purebred....gardening is so much easier!

As of late, the "rescue business" has grown so profitable that dogs are being imported from foreign countries. In 2015 a shipment of dogs from India with falsified papers were found to have rabies. They import dogs from Mexico and Asia regularly and send them to rescues in the U.S. were "strays" are hard to come by. There is NOT a forced quarantine on these imported dogs and we are now having to fight diseases (including rabies) and parasites (red longhorn tick) with increased incidence that include a canine variant of previously believed to be eradicated in the U.S., canine flu, screwworm, brucellosis, and a variety of other infectious and zoonotic diseases directly related to irresponsibly imported pets. Our dogs are not able to cope with this onslaught.

Meanwhile, the animal rights folks make you feel guilty for wanting a purebred and get laws passed making it very hard to continue breeding. Just try to get your lost dog found! if it ends up in a rescue, a purbred is big business and your chances are slim. I microchip all my puppies before they leave my home in hopes that if lost, someone honest will read the chip and get it to its owner.


 

Notice to all Sheltie Lovers: Please do not use the product Trifexis for Heartworm prevention...it appears to be is causing great harm to many shelties. At first I thought it was a rumor but too many sheltie breeders are reporting that they are having severe reactions to this product including some deaths. The reactions can be immediate or delayed for months until your dog is too debilitated to recover. It is also causing seizures in shelties. Use a single ingredient heartworm product and a topical for fleas and space them out do not use a combination. All my current shelties are MDR1-N/N but that does not seem to change the fact that they react negatively to Trifexis.

 


Well this page was getting so large that it was slow to load so we are in the current year now, all the other pups are all grown up now!

How time passes, Layla to the far left and Lovey to the far right are the only girls still living with me. All the others are in retirment homes.


Warning: (Any State they all go to the same place) Sheltiepupforsale or sheltiebreeders.com is a broker with pet mill pups of very poor quailty He is alway the first paid sight and you can name any breed and any state and it will go to the same site.. ..watch out for this guy! I look at the prices on those poor quality pups and am aghast!

Although the breed specific location sites are normally well run, there are "all breed" Puppy Find or Puppy Locator sites popping up on the web everywhere, they think they are a service but they are filled quickly with volume breeders. I get unsolicited invitations to join them often but I do not care to be included with a list that often is dominated by the volumn breeders. In most cases, the site owners DO NOT check out who joins the site, it is open to anyone. Often I am included in their listings without my permission. It is getting hard to avoid the traps as they usually are the paid sites that pop up first in the search engines....so be careful and use your head. The cute picture you see may not be the puppy you get. Beware the site that offers multiple breeds and never take a puppy that you cannot visit at the kennel where it was born and raised! The safest bet is to go to the local Club (in my case Alamo Area Shetland Sheepdog Club or the parent American Shetland Sheepdog Assn club website for a referral




FAQ: The Humane Society of US, HSUS spend less that 1% of their budget on animal rescue, the rest is spent on exorbitant salaries and lobbing.

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