English Shepherds have been bred for generations as all-purpose farm dogs. They are a bright, versatile breed, excelling at general farm work; hunting pests, guarding the home and children, herding stock, as service animals, in the agility ring and as confident and loyal companions.
With an eye toward preserving this heritage breed, we approach our breeding program with intention and thoughtfulness. Our English Shepherd canine posse includes Tilly, retired momma and bossy pants of the farm, Tuck our boy, father to our litters and Lou, our current breeding female and wrangler of anything that gets out on the farm.
We raise our pups on the farm, exposing them to goats, chickens, sheep, llamas and cats. Raised initially in a stall in our barn (located directly below our house), the puppies gradually learn by adventure and discovery about the farm world. The puppies come up into the house a few at a time as they mature, to learn about the bustle of human life, hear a vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, disposal...When time permits we take small groups in to town to expose them to the sights and sounds not found on the farm.
We work in tandem with prospective puppy owners to help choose the best pup for their intended use. Often puppy placements happen between week six and eight when their personalities and tendencies have had a chance to emerge. We encourage prospective owners to visit the puppies on the farm several times between weeks four and eight to meet the parents and get to know the litter. Although we take color requests into consideration our first priority is personality fit. As a breeder it is my responsibility to evaluate potential placements and strive to place our dogs where they will be the happiest and most successful.
Lou will be taking Tilly's place in our breeding program this fall. Lou turned two in June and has really settled into herself. She is bright, loving and FAST!
**Pupdate** The puppies are here! Lou had six gorgeous pups on October 4th. There are four sables, a tri and a clear. Two girls, four boys. All the puppies in this litter are spoken for.
Tilly's last litter was born on April 30. It was a happy, healthy litter of nine. This one seemed to go so fast and I can't believe that they have already gone off to their new homes. Tilly is such a wonderful mother. I will miss her playing with her pups and hope she will help shepherd Lou into the rituals of motherhood.
Please contact us if you are interested in more information about our dogs or how to get on the list for an upcoming litter.