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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!

 

LITTER INFORMATION

 

 

April 25, 2015: Maria (left) is now Penny and is off to Houston and her new home. Did not like the little crate but loves being co-pilot! Ah the life as a pampered pet.

Right is Piper, who is now Cooper, the day he stole Jim and Jacque's hearts two weeks ago. He now lives in Temple and has real grass to enjoy. Jacque writes: "we love him so much, we also think he is absolutely adorable".

Well so do I, he was hard to part with but I have Pippa to grow up...she will miss her littermates!

 

 

 

April 23, 2015: Opal has a new home and is now Kona. I felt she was enough pup to handle the hugs of a two year old...looks like I was correct.

Andrea writes: "Kona is doing great and hasn't skipped a beat since coming home yesterday. She loved following me everywhere. She has already taken to Gage, our son, and follows him, licks him and plays. She slept great last night and didn't cry at all! She is such a joy and I can't thank you enough for choosing our family for her! "

It is a great feeling when the right pup ends up in the right home!

 

 


 

April 15, 2015: This is Pippa my keeper for now (that is not her leg, she is poking out from under her big sister). As with most of my litters, size makes the big difference. They are all pretty and correct but they tend to separate themselves out by size first, then all the other little things that make a big difference in the show ring.

The other five pups have deposits on them so for now I must say there are none available. Things could change but most likely not. I am sorry I cannot have enough pups to go around, can tell you six is enough for me!

The pups are very active and everyone wants to be somewhere besides where I put them. Stormy weather does not help as they want to be outside and I must confine them to a pen in my living room.. They are weaned and don't like it!

 

 

 

 

April 14, 2015 the pups were turned loose in the yard for a romp. There are five pups in the mob show far left. Ryan and Maria look on while Opal (tail) and Pippa give back to Mason who had been mauling them.

Next it is Mason on the offensive and right is Maria about to pounce on the chew that Serena is trying to tempt her a little closer with.

I cannot let Serena in with the group as she is to rough but one on one with me watching she is gentle.

Piper was not still enough to get a photo done.


 

Hope you all have a red, white, and blue Easter Sunday.

These bluebonnets are on my property. I also have pink ones.

Easter bunnies on the right are Piper and Pippa,. Below from left are Ryan, Opal, Maria, and Mason



April 1 , 2015: Yea the play yard!

Now we can really run...Dear Lovey who is ten years old, loves pups and will stay close to watch them. Megan is looking a little tired (should have trimmed her ears) of the routine but is patient with them.... will wean them soon.

Below the pups check out the tunnel ...then Maria waves and then ponders another chase with Mason. At five weeks old, these pups do not hesitate to check everything out, they act like six week old pups and were ready for a new adventure. Last is Opal checking out the fan, she is unafraid of everything and is the biggest and boldest of the litter...life is good!

March 30, 2015: Pups are five weeks old today. I expanded the porch pen to 8x12 and added the wiggle board. It is a piece of warped cypress that is a real hit with pups. They play "king of the board" and learn balance as it rocks. As you can see, everyone want to be king and it looks like the big girl Opal is the winner this round.

Note Ryan giving the wee boy Piper a bear hug in the far right photo while Mason falls off the heap. Don't worry, Piper is usually on top!

Hope to get better pictures when I move them to the puppy play yard...problem is that every time they move up in pen size they complain more when they have to go into the 4x4 night time pen.

 

March 23, 2015: Megan pups are four weeks old and enjoy their first trip out on the porch. A quick snack from mom and it is off to see the new world. The porch is covered but open on two sides so they are hearing birds a feeling the wind and all the new smells are delightful.

Could not get all six in one shot. Mom looks ready for a nap!

 

March 17, 2015: Megan pups turn three weeks old and enjoy their first solid meal...they cleaned the bowl in no time.

arrows show which are boys and girls. The little guy is holding his own but will be a small boy.

March 8, 2015: Megan has to sit up to feed her brood of six and all seem to know their place at the table. She is such a good mom, sleeps in the room and goes in to feed when the pups stur or whimper...when dinner is done, the eyes get heavy and it is soon naptime which I am sure is Megan's favorite time of day.

March 3, 2015: Left are Megan's pups at eight days old. She keeps them spotless and they are well fed with no help. On the left in the photo is the small male who is half the size of his sister who is on top, keeping him warm. They do not have a lot of bling but are nice pups...time will tell if one becomes a champion.

February 23, 2015:Lockehill Love Song "Megan" (left) and Ch Kensil's Nutrageous "Rage" are the proud parents of a nice litter of six pups in the wee hours this morning. three boys and three girls...I am pooped.

NutRageous is a candy bar ....not my choice for names but a lovely dog with a wonderful temperament and nice harsh red coat!

 

 

 


Watch the latest litter grow - below are last year's litters, all have gone to their forever homes. As time passes, I must delete the photos of the older litters but the best photos end up on my "puppies through the years" page.

 

Atwater's High Noon At Lockehill (10points 1major) x Lockehill Love Song "Megan"

January 26, 2015: Lockehill Serena's Song is now six months old was shown for the first time in February. She is not yet ready to win and she didn't but just wait in a couple of years things will be different.

She is a blend of Megan and Cooper, looks more like her dad and most certainly has his exubuerent personality. It should be fun trying to keep all four on the floor. She has her dad's nice movement and may darken to a shaded sable like him.

Right is Serena at eight weeks and again at six months.

 

 

 

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

Left is Rhett Morris then Sunny Moore at his kindergarten class then and right Sadie McConnell gracing the Fall pumpkins

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.

Far right is the fifth pup Serena my "keeper". Looks like the show ring is in her future

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.

 

 

 

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.

 


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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