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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 .

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!

Notice to all Sheltie Lovers: Please do not use the product Trifexis for Heartworm prevention...it appears to be is causing great harm to many shelties. At first I thought it was a rumor but too many sheltie breeders are reporting that they are having severe reactions to this product including some deaths. The reactions can be immediate or delayed for months until you dog is too debilitated to recover. It is also causing seizures in shelties. Use a single ingredient heartworm product and a topical for fleas and space them out do not use a combination. All my current shelties are MDR1-N/N but that does not seem to change the fact that they react negatively to Trifexis.

 

LITTERS PLANNED

I have no pups available at this time.

 



October 21 , 2014: The Megan x Cooper littermates turn 15 weeks old.

Left is Sunny Moore at his kindergarten class then middle is Sadie McConnell gracing the Fall pumpkins and right is Lockehill Serena's Song looking...well serene.

Actually Serena is just like her littermates, into everything and very hard to keep up with. Her mother Megan just has to plaster her sometimes to get some peace.

Check out my "show & tell" page for new pictures of Cooper!

October 19 , 2014: Caitlyn, also a littersister of the above crew, needed her ears set as they were falling on her head (too much swimming in her water bowl).

I tried to explain how to set them via email but failed to explain that it is a two man job and that the glue sets where ever it ends up! Mommy Pat said it was a real funny adventure.

As you can see, Caitlyn now sports a stylish "spike" hairdo and a what have you done to my hair look on her face!

Later....

Mom trimmed up my do and don't you think I look great! Got my sheltie smile back....life is good.

 

Sept 14, 2014: Emily (11weeks)and Serena (9weeks) had their first outing to Atwater Shelties. They spent the day playing with new shelties friends and joining in a birthday party for some socializing with three lovely children

Later Dan set their ears in braces in hopes they will someday make the showring like their fathers. It was a big day and they slept all the way home.

They both got to meet their fathers...who gave them a nice sniff and decided the older dogs were more their speed. Emily is like a clone of her father, so much alike in looks and temperament. Serena is a blend but definitely looks more like her sire Cooper.

 

 



Oct 6th: Kissing cousins...Rhett(orange bow) just loves his buddy Betty. Rhett is (Cooper x Megan) and Betty is (Caiden x Jolene) so that makes Rhett Betty's uncle.

Sept 12th, 2014: Betty meets her new friend, center Megan's daughter Sadie looks like she has settled into her new life...tough.

Far right is Caitlyn at home...lets see here, this is not at all like the swimming pool bowl at my old home...oh I see, put your feet in the lower bowl and then drink out of the reservoir. I am so smart, it took me no time to figure this out!

 



 

Sept 6th, 2014: Maggie has joined the Carboni clan and is learning that boating is a great weekend treat. First she learns the water is fun with her new playmate...learns to wear her lifevest and then best of all a boat ride! Back on land she feels big enough to fetch a real stick! Ah life is good. Thank you Jolene and Caiden for the great temperaments your lovely pups enjoy.

Aug 31, 2014: Below are the pups enjoying the fan, Sunny chewing a toy. Sadie and Rhett and far right is Serena (Emily waits her turn) cooling off in the water bowl which she thinks is a swimming pool, a trick that Caitlyn has taught her siblings. They line up to get a nice cool one and Caitlyn butts in and plants both feet in the bowl so now they think that is how it is done! Megan when she was a pup would bury half her face in the bowl to drink and I noticed that Caitlyn sometimes does the same....in the genes I guess.

 



 



Aug 22, 2014: Jolene's pups are all promised, the first girl went home yesterday and the other two will be going this weekend. I and retaining the girl to the far right as a show prospect.

Megan's pups are growing fast and all of this litter are promised.

The first photo is the beginning of an ambush! the board they are chewing on is an old cypress log that is warped so it wiggles when they climb on top. Great for "king of the hill" games and it teaches balance and that things that wiggle under foot are okay. Middle is Rhett and right is my pick Emily. Rhett is going to join Betty when he is ready to leave.

 



August 1, 2014: Big day for pups, Megan's crew got their first solid meal far right.

While Jolene took her piglets outside to the puppy pen for the first time. They just had a blast running with the good traction under foot. Little girl Betty Boop loves the drag rattle (home made best toy ever) and pulled it across the pen. She has really come on and can hold her own against the larger siblings.

Sorry about the blurr but my digital camera cannot stop the action in this low light. I have to take the pups out before dawn or it is too hot.

 

 



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.

 


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. The sell their pups through brokers or pet shops so they cannot be located. 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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