To reached me by telephone call 830-885-7547 or email at email@example.com .
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.
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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
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:
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!!
"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