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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!

Notice to all Clients: Please do not use the product Trifexis for Heartworm prevention...it 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.

 

LITTERS PLANNED

I have no pups available at this time.

 

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.




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.

 



AVAILABLE

 

Both Gracie and Juliette have found their forever homes

Barbara Wright has a champion sable bitch to place, Dyna is "alpha" so she would do better with an older couple and be the only dog. Barbara can be reached atchosenshelties@gmail.com

Dyna is pictured winning Best of Breed at the Alamo Area SS Club Specialty and Winners at Trinity Valley Specialty. She is the dam of two champions. I believe she is seven years old. Dyna is Ch Lockehill Chosen Delight's daughter.

Jackie Geister has a two year old sable bitch to place, she is house broken, and cat friendly. Jackie can be reached at prairieshelties@hotmail.com Cali is a full sister to Juliette

 

 

 



Aug 8, 2014: Jolene's pups are growing up fast. I still plan to retain the girl in the upper corner for a show prospect. I have deposits on the other three pups so nothing available from this litter.

The larger girl is in the center and the boy is on the right. It is hard to tell them apart, both are lovely. Their well baby checkup is scheduled for August 19th, a day to rest and then they can go home after the 20th.

Right now the Megan pups still need to sort themselves out. But I think my pick will be the one in a hurry below. She has the best head and body. The whole litter is nice so time will tell.

 

 



Aug7, 2014: Meg pups get their first outing on the porch....they liked it! It is so hot that I have to get them out at dawn and I don't want to put Jolene's pups in the outside pen while the owls are still hunting. Mom Jolene watches her brood and Megan is in with her's. and I am worn down going between.

The pups all have the "Lockehill Look" because all of the moms are directly related.

Megan pups are four weeks old.

 

 



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 28, 2014: Jolene spending time on the porch with her little piglets. I think she is beginning to tire of the routine so since her babies are five weeks old, she spends more time away from them. One more week and wean time!

The porch pen allows for more play time ....they love the tunnel as the little boy demonstrates

The girl that missed the last photo shoot.

 

 



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. 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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