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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 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.

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.



June 25, 2014: Jolene was bred to Chateau Kismet Carry On Atwater "Caiden" who is a young son of BIS GCH PaRay's Preferential. She whelped her pups on June 24th. Jolene's pups are doing great. In four days they have gained about 3 onces each. The wee boy (arrow) was only 3.5 onces at birth as was the little girl on the left. They are now plumped out and getting strong.

July 1st: at one week old the pups are fat! top to botton, little girl, two big girls, and boy at bottom...Like all my boys, he is growing fast and it looks like the smallest may end up the largest. They just ate so they roll over to take their weight off their tummy....as per usual, Jolene keeps them spotless.

Will update a photo when they get more interesting!



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

 




Feburary 1st, Juliette's daughter Annabelle has gone to live with the most beautiful little girls. Susannah, the oldest, has written to Santa each Christmas requesting a puppy and now it has happened. It was a great surprise!

Annabelle and Maddison were on their best behavior and really enjoyed the girls. Shaye. the mother of these beauties, said Annabelle was very good all the way back home to Houston. Their mom writes: "I have decided that sheltie puppies were made for little girls, and little girls were made for sheltie puppies."

Center Photo is Kai and his family, Diana and Chris. Kai now calls Big "D" his home. Looks like he would prefer a game of chase to a photo shoot!

Feburary 10th, Madison has joined Pat and wife Patti in San Angelo. She has a very special job helping Pat win his battle with the big C.

Nothing makes the spirits rise like a puppy...I am sure Madison is up to the task. My best to them both as they begin their journey together.

These happy families keep me in this game, I am so pleased with the matchups.

Six month pictures of this litter are on my Show & Tell page



January 26, 2014: Madison explains to Juliette that she has something on her neck and cannot move. As much as she tries, it will not come off. Kai tells Gracie that he too has to deal with a collar, she seems sympathetic.

Below Kai tries to remove the "thing" while sisters Annabelle and Madison decide just to play. Unlike the first time we put the collar on which was a big accident!

Kai caught his lower teeth in Madisons collar and both had a freakout. Luckly I was an armreach away to separate them but Kai had to go to the vet to make sure the scratch Madison delivered had not hurt his eye.... just an eyelid thank goodness and we are all better now.

 

 

 



January 9, 2014: Juliette's pups finally get to enjoy some outside time as the sun came out. From left is Madison then Annabelle eating her brother Kai and Annabelle far right. I am going to retain Annabelle for a show prospect for now. Time will tell if she makes the grade as a show prospect.

The pups had no problem adjusting to the puppy pen and hearing the dogs barking. I had to remove mom as she was so excited to see them, she kept trampling them. They will be five weeks old tomorrow.

 



December 6, 2013: Juliette had one boy and two girls in the wee hours this morning... all are well.

Day 10: Life is good when your tummy is full and your mates are warm. The male, will look like his dam, I have a deposit on the boy and one girl so they are no longer available. I hope one girl is show quality so no promises on the third pup for now.

Lockehill Chosen N Bejewelled (left) was bred to Ch Cambridge Commander (right)Juliette was show briefly as a pup and has two points toward her championship...plans are to get her back out when she coats up after this litter. She is a truly beautiful girl but needed some time to mature both mentally and physically....she is ready.

 

 




Cody is on his way home to Houston in "his" motor home.... Joan writes "As you can see Cody is great!  Loves his toys and especially the KONGS that have treats buried in them --he works hard at getting to the food!  He slept with the baby you sent home and never cried one time during the night.  I slept on the couch next to his bed and he did wonderfully .  We are half way home and he hasn't had any issues riding in the motor coach either.  No potty accidents either!   Thanks again for all your hard work with him-it is paying off big time.  He walked all over yesterday and today on his leash with no problems.  We feel like we won the lottery being allowed to love this little boy!  Talk soon and thanks again for all you do for the shelties"

Far right is Brady enjoying the leaves with his new family....lucky boy, he has twin little girls to love and ten acres in the hill country to call home.

 

 


January 11: Sproket is enjoying his new home with Patty & Billy...really tuckered out. Gracie trying to plant a kiss on Patty who wrote..."I just wanted to report on how wonderfully Sprocket did on his first day home.  He either slept or sat totally quietly the whole hour car ride, and then when he got home he took to the place like he'd been living here all along! He loves playing in our crunchy, half dead grass, and he loves his toys. He hasn't shown any fear or apprehension over anything except the bark of the big dog next door. He protests for a moment when we leave him in his crate but then quiets and occupies himself, and we even experimented with leaving the house for an hour and he didn't seem disturbed at all. He's just a really brave, confident, happy puppy and we feel really lucky to have him".

Here is a video of Sprocket's first day at home After watching that video, I can see why he is tuckered out!

June 2014: "Center" Sproket is now seven months old and so handsome!



December 20. 2013: Jolene's boys are five weeks old today but they still get a snack now and then when mom is agreeable. Next she stuffs herself in the playhouse to avoid them and even a little begging will not coax her out!

So below, Patrick (Sproket) tries kisses.... oh well lets just wrestle. Sprocket on top as usual....lets see, if we enter through another porthole we could get a snack.

Alas, Jolene found a solution, get on top! By the way, the gate was open and she could escape but she chose to be with the pups.

These boys have been promised.

 

 




November 15, 2013: Jolene had three sable male pups this morning! We are both pooped but happy.

The pups are fat and content and mom is very good to them. They carry the facial markings of their sire GCH Homewood Hayden shown far right

Hayden is the maternal grandsire of Ch Homewood in the Hamptons who sired Cooper and Gracie below so we are keeping it in the family. Hope to do a nice line breeding further on down the road.


 



Layla Pups by Ch Homewood in the Hamptons born April 2013

Layla's pups were eight weeks old when Allana and Dan took these pretty photos for me. Left to right they are Cooper, Gracie

Cooper is now Atwater's High Noon at Lockehill and is now Dan Hemenway's show dog. Gracie is Lockehill Atwater Grace Kelly and will stay here with me. She is just a wee bit oversize but has such a beautiful body and fantastic temperament that I plan to breed her for those traits.

So in a couple of years there will be some Gracie pups available ....what a hoot she is!

 

I could not resist this picture of Cooper on his way to China....boys will be boys!

He was six months old in these photos I lifted from Allana's blog



Cooper at 13 weeks left and center. Cooper is a tri-factored sable like his sire Sean. He is just starting to get those 4 month old spectacles that so many tri-factored pups exhibit. I think he must look like his dad.

Gracie playing "maul the sheltie" with her best buddy Megan to the right. Gracie is almost an inch over the charts so I am praying for her to apply the brakes soon, I just love her and hate the thought of loosing her to size.

 


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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