I have lived with a sheltie since 1963 & started breeding in 1970. I showed in breed & obedience from 1963 until 1997. I have retired from both full-time employment outside my home and dog showing.
My dogs live on our 60 acre property which was selected for its location. My dogs live in a kennel building attached to my home. I spend at
least half my waking hours with my dogs. I now have more time to raise my puppies being home rather than going to dog shows every weekend.The puppies are born in the house in a bedroom called the puppy room. Weather permitting, I take the puppies outside to play & start bathroom duties around 4-5 weeks old.I have done OFA & CERF testing since I started breeding.Now DNA testing is available & I have results done on dogs before they are bred.I have watched generations of my dogs go through life without health problems. I usually have grandparents, great grandparents & even some great, great grandparents on site . Currently, I have dogs over 14 years old, 7 dogs over 10 years and ages go down from there.
Although I no longer exhibit, my puppies have gone to homes where they have competed & won titles & awards in obedience, agility, herding and tracking.
I endeavor to breed healthy, intelligent, trainable shelties who adhere to the breed standard .
My dogs are fed twice daily on a raw food diet. Puppies are fed three times daily. Puppies are vaccinated at 9 weeks of age.Every puppy goes with a packet of information which includes a 4 generation pedigree, care instructions, vaccination schedule, feeding fact sheet, written sales contract, and AKC registration application. Puppies placed as companions & pets are sold with limited registration.
I have always been willing to rescue dogs from my breeding program if they are at risk of becoming homeless & unwanted. However, I attempt to place my dogs in "forever homes" because shelties bond so intensely that rehoming is stressful for them.
Interviewing potential adopters of my puppies and adults is ideally done in person.