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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 26, 2019: Wow we have SUN and our pen is huge!

The pups are five weeks old and enjoying time outside on the proch. Mom Locke said we all need a bath!

Then our Mom finds our play bone and won't give it back, she said we have enough toys and why don't we just jump on the wiggle board. I think she is getting tired of our demands but Big Mom Locke said she will soon go away to her own place and we will not get to suck on her much.

 

 

little Midge is getting brave and bigger, she wants to play but we just want to catch these black pups on the wall. Lucille thinks she caught one but I caught her first.

center is Larry with his toy. We all will be getting our "puppy names" soon so we can be identified.

far right; little Midge behind Linda who is quite beautiful and my favorite so far.

 

January30, 2019: Tomorrow we will be six weeks old and we went out on the porch this morning while it was COLD but sunny because our birthday will be cloudy and windy.

Mom Locke said we escaped our bath for another day but she did make our pen bigger. She said when she gets a little time, she will clean the leaves off the porch and make our pen even bigger. She said we will get an exciting new toy soon and she was right! see how big our pen is now...wow. It is 4 times as bit and we can look out on the yard.

Well the clouds are filling in and we have to go inside. Mom said we will have a surprise this weekend if it does not rain...the play yard!

Has anyone seen our mother Tess?

Yesterday was a big day for us, our pen got huge and we could run and tussle a lot. We got to be out all afternoon and our mom came to see us. She let us suck a bit but mostly she just ate all our food. Then she jumped out and went away. Then last night about 2:30am Midge started to cry and the "wolf" in us took hold and we all started to howl. There was no mom to give us a snack so we could go back to sleep, it was an awful night. Big mom finally came and put us all in the Kitchen and gave us some biscuits to chew on, they helped a lot. We could hear her changing the papers in our pen. Then she came back and gave us some warm mush to eat and that was what we needed. She returned us to our pen in the Living Room and we all went back to sleep....but we still miss our mom Tess. Big Mom said we were getting weaned...what ever that is it is no fun. Boss dog still gets to see his mom so why can't we? Big Mom said Boss dog was soon going to join us because his mom was tired of him too. Life is not fair!

 

February 2,2019 : I thought these cute pictures of Leon and Boss Dog were "too cute"

Looks like I need to brush Boss, everyone chews on him but he seems to enjoy the attention. He is looking at a windchime

Hope the daffodils mean spring is coming

 

 

February 3, 2019: Wow what a surprise, the sun came out and Big Mom said we could go to the yard and best of all our Mon Tess was there to greet us. If is so much fun you can run very fast and there is a tunnel and a play house. We had a blast.

Big mom said she would pay tomorrow as even though she had taken the leaf blower to the yard, we were going to eat all sorts of yummie things and then POOP....BAD poop!

 

February 16th...I lost my FTP connection and could not upload any new photos, will take some soon. I was very busy with our annual Alamo Area Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialty Show as the show secretary so could not worry about finding the problem with my web site. The pups all aced their well puppy check up yesterday! They have grown a bunch. I plan to grow Linda and Lucille for a few more weeks to see if they will be "show girls". The pups are promised except for Boss dog because he has not had his vet visit yet.

 

 

February 16,2019 : Nice sunny day for the pups. Left to right is Midge, Leon, and Linda with Boss Dog.

The pups were eight weeks old on Thursday, except Boss who was six weeks old Friday.

 

 

 

February 18,2019 : The pups are starting to make the transitions to their new homes. This is Sadie aka Laura in her new princess tutu....well she thinks she is a princess. Not too sure of the dress but loves that unicorn.

Feb 20th, Far right is Finley aka Leon. Now at his new home enjoying "the lap of luxury"...moving is very tiring. Enjoy the peace while you can Paula!

 

 

February 19,2019 : Larry is now Bowie and is going to his new home today. Serena & Tess are howling, oh no...another pup is being stolen.

Bowie arrives and marches in to claim the place with his big sister fast behind. Lila decides all she can do is claim his new bed and pout.

Prediction, they will be fast friends in short order. Lila is from Tess' litter last year and will be one year old Feb 21st,

 

 

 

February 20, 2019 : Leon's new mom took these lovely pictures of Serena with her son Boss who will be flying to Tulsa OK as soon as he is old enough. I am sure his mom will miss him greatly urr maybe a little bit.

Right, my best bud Jackie trying to hold two pups still for a photo! The pups are Linda and Lucille who are going to stay with me and if all goes well, they will be "show girls".

All the pups are spoken for, so sorry for those of you that have missed out on this litter. I am growing old as you can see in the above photo but I just cannot give this up. It give me great pleasure to see the look on the faces of my clients when they hold that pup for the first time. Many are on their third Lockehill pup. When their beloved sheltie passes, they come back for a refill and the joy returns.

 

 

 

February 24, 2019 : Yahoo we are in the grass and boy can I run fast. Then Lucille sees that Linda found a toy and says "look Linda, this is how you do it" and runs off with the prize.

She figured out quickly to sidewind and keep from stepping on it. Bless the sunshine, finally have some dry grass to play in.

The girls are learning to walk on a lead and how to watch the bait. Right now Linda is a pro and Lucille is too busy watching her shadow.

 

 

 

 

March 4 ,2019 : Boss is now Bear and is living in Tulsa OK which is okay by him because the sun in shining and he is using his very abundant coat to keep warm during this last winter blast.

I still think he will be the "boss", just has that superior look about him....like, I am on top of things and man am I handsome.

 

March 5, 2019 : Lucille and Linda waiting in line to get an ear makeover. Linda on the right has almost perfect ear set but Lucille on the left needs some work. Both girls are lovely and may have a future in the show ring if they stop growing in time.

March 6th ears done.

On lead, Linda shows a lot of promise but Lucille lack attention to work.....time will tell.

 



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 it's owner.

 

 

BE SMART BEWARE '

When you do your internet search, the first "ads" that pop up like "next day pets or PuppySpot" don't really check where their pups come from, it's just buisness to them.

Don't make a big mistake and deal with a person like the little man pictureds. He is selling "Puppy Mill" pups that are not healthy, don't have shots, probably never seen a vet and never socialized. You think you are saving the pup but you just lined his pockets and he has won!

When you deal with the broker like Puppyspot.com or other pet find sites on the internet, you might as well deal with him, they are the same.

 

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
January 26, I saw this creap parked at Spring Branch Store today. Called the Sheriff!