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We breed one to two litters in a year and breed to The Shetland Sheepdog Standard. I breed for myself first and showing dogs is my passion but we have puppies available occasionally. To navigate around just click the live links and pictures...have fun! To reached me by telephone call 830-885-7547 or email at lockehil@gvtc.com ....So may ask the price of a well bred puppy, you can expect to pay $1200-$1500 for a companion sheltie and more for a show quality pup. Show pups are often sold on private treaty. You will pay a lot more if you use a broker ($1800-$2400)and they buy from puppy mills so the quality suffers. I will continue to raise a few shelties, it is in my DNA and as with any quality breeder, although I breed for Conformation shelties (show dogs) and to continue my Lockehill line, I will have some pups available to performance, and companion homes. I do NOT ship my puppies nor will I meet you somewhere, never did and never will. You must plan a trip to my home to choose your puppy, I want to meet you and you should want to meet me! Pups never leave here until they have a vet visit for a well puppy checkup, first shot, and microchip at eight weeks old.

The following shelties are the result of twenty five 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. To view some of twenty five 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! ... take heed, the picture you see may not be the puppy you get!

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Don't forget to "refresh" this page for current information as it changes often!

LITTERS PLANNED

Jolene had a litter of three girls and one boy born June 24th, all are fine.

Megan has whelped three girls and two boys July 9, 2014, all are doing well

 

It costs me about $1200 to do a breeding (stud fees, shipping, vet, registration, etc.) and that does not include the maintenance costs of the mother, genetic testing, food, meds. etc. Pups come with their well puppy vet check, health guarantee, first shot, and microchip so beginning in 2014, my price for pups will be $1500

Most photos are by Allana Hemenway of Atwater Shelties and myself.


 



July 24, 2014: Jolene's pups are four weeks old and getting to spend sometime on the porch. Unfortunately they move so fast that the only photos in focus are bedtime. The first photo is 10 days and you can see the little girl at the top of the photo is smaller.

The center photo, shown with her brother, you can see she will be a little girl. Right is the plain girl that I plan to grow up as a show prospect.

I couldn't get a photo of the last girl, they were too blurred.

 

 



July 17, 2014: Megan's pups are one week old. They are fat, sleek and clean as Megan, like her mother Jolene, is a very good mother. Moms are also good buddies and accept the fact they they are sharing my attentions, each does their job well and run together when it is potty break time.

Photo on right is Jolene(foreground) and Megan getting a break

Megan's pups have more flash than Jolene's but that means nothing in the show ring. It is the conformation and temperament the counts the most. Really looking forward to when they turn six weeks old and start to really play and show their temperaments. I have a lot of decisions to make before they move to their new homes.

Sorry the photo is blurred but it is low light and some were starting to move about. note the sable spot in the collar just like pappa below.

 

 

Megan x Cooper

July 9, 2014: Lockehill Love Song "Megan" (left) and pappa Atwater's High Noon At Lockehill "Cooper" (right) are the proud parents of 3 girls and 2 boys born late night on Wednesday. They are pretty flashy and a couple of them sport the dark patch in the collar like Cooper.

It is the first litter for both Megan and Cooper. Megan is 2 1/2 years old and felt I should not skip her again so we will have two litters this Fall...Cooper (14 months)was fine with that, he likes older women!

I hope to get Cooper's pretty movement and Megan's lovely face....should be pretty pups with good temperaments. Megan broke her hind leg as a four month old pup and it healed crooked so she has never been shown. She is a petite 14 1/2" beauty and I hope she cuts size for me.

 



AVAILABLE

July 2014: We have decided to retire Juliette from the show ring and make her available to a pet home. She is a beautiful girl, house broken and loves people She is about 24 pounds and 15" at the withers. She wants to be the boss so she needs a family where she can be the only girl dog, however she will be spayed so her behavior may moderate. She is NOT agressive toward other dogs, just bossy. She may do well with a neutered male companion. Juilette is three years old.

I am going to get my sheltie numbers down to Lovey, Jolene, and Megan who are three generations with Lovey being the grandmother and since Juliette loves nothing better than to stir the pot, she is going to a new home. I have also spayed Layla but she is already claimed and will be living with her granddam Lucy..

I have appointments to have both Juliette and Gracie spayed on August 5th so they would be available August 15th.

 

 



AVAILABLE - NOT!

June 2014: My dear Gracie shown on the right planting one of her many kisses on friend Patty and on the right with my son in law Hugh, is available. She is a real lark...does not know a strainger and has woven herself around my heart strings. I kept ignoring the fact that she would not stop growing and was okay that she was "barely" oversize.

Well the fact is, she is an inch oversize and I should let her go to a new home. She needs to learn some manners but is quick to please. Gets along great with the other shelties, everything is just fine with her as she has no ambitions to be top dog. She still chews on things and notices everything so electric cords must be secure....needs a job! Would love to have her go to a performance home. Her favorite thing is chasing six lined lizzards but any bug will do. She is so much like my old Fanny, that it is hard to place her and is the reason I have kept her so long.

Gracie has been claimed

 

 


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.


I have reduced the number of shelties I keep here at Lockehill and plan to keep just three to four shelties. I retired in 2010 and no longer have a paycheck so I can no longer afford the cost of breeding and showing on a larger scale. It has always been a labor of love, always in the red ink. My paycheck always subsidized my dogs, never the other way around.

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, 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. 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!


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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