There is a TP poster on here whose opinions I respect a great deal & she happens to (apparently) breed Shelties, a breed I've lusted after my entire (rather lengthy!) adult life. I'm "not in the market" since other dogs always seem to find their way into our lives & into our hearts so as usual, once again, "our cup runneth over", but is there any way to find out if a poster has a "kennel web site"? I understand from many of the posts I've read that dedicated breeders don't advertise anyway so I'm at a loss how to learn more about this particular (apparent) breeder's dogs???? - Thanks!
Thank you "dachshund"! I absolutely love Dachshunds too! My 83 year old parents have a wonderful little 7 year old guy, as do my sister & one of my nieces. My sister & niece have had Dachshund "kids" in their lives for many years & each & every one of them has been absolutely precious (the Dachshunds, not the sister & niece - well, yeah, I guess them, too, but I digress)! Hmmm, Shelties & Dachsies, probably my two most favorite breeds.... so how is it that humongous pit bull mixes, lab mixes, shepherd mixes, huskies (along with a couple of AKC registered breeds, but again, German Shepherds, a Malamute, an ADBA registered APBT - well you get my drift) etc., have always found their way into MY heart & home (strays & rescues for the most part)? -- :-)
I have to admit to being the most "computer-challenged" person on the planet, though, so while I suspect "PM" means to "personal message" someone I don't have a CLUE how to do that I'm afraid. I'm hoping my "Subject" will catch "Abbylynne's" interest -- :-)
I surely would love to see your "kids", too, "Dachshund" if you could somehow point me in the right direction. Thanks again!
I do love of course dachshunds too. I have my 2nd one. My first one died of cancer at the age of 12. We had to put him to sleep.
Our 2nd one is going to be 10 yrs. old in April. He is still very strong.
Our Sheltie Shadow and our wirehaired dachshund like to play a lot together. It's fun watching them. Both are very playful dogs. We also have 1 Golden Retriever named Benji. He and Shadow play a lot together too.
Here is a link from ALL our animals, in case you're interested.
Howdy... :) If you send me a PM I'll give you my website. I can also give you the websites of a couple of other breeder's a work with. We have quite a few Shelties. We actually have a very unique set up. My parents and I have separate houses on the same property (we have 2 acres in the middle of the Black Hills of South Dakota). My 20 year old sister also lives with me, and my 28 year old brother is autistic and lives with my parents. My parents and I have a bookkeeping firm we run from our homes with about 20 clients that we do basic bookkeeping and payrolls for (we don't do taxes, but that is about it). So we're able to structure our schedules largely around the dogs. My brother and his fiance' and my sister and her fiance' both "have" some of our dogs (so our Shelties are spread out between 4 households right now depending on who their "person" is - and 75% of our "retired" dogs tend to stay within the family as well...)
I have 2 boys I'm showing right now (well, just one who has been in the ring, the other starts sometime this spring as he's just finishing training - I had trouble getting him to understand that when on the table, the goal is NOT to kiss the "judge" - he's a little too friendly sometimes). Stormy is a Tri-colored and is a Ch.Apple Acres Odyssey Armani ROM grandson (he's actually linebred on Armani - Armani is his paternal grandsire and his maternal great grandsire - his maternal grandsire is Ch.Apple Acres Mardi Gras, who is a great dog in his own right). He is only a little over a year and his first weekend out he took his class all three days (the 9-12 month class) and attracted the interest of several really great breeders (which made me smile - especially when they commented on how well I handled him!). My Sable boy is a Ch.Jade Mist Memorandum ROM grandson. All 4 of his grandparents are champions and his sire has one of his majors and a couple of minor points towards his already (Aslan was from his first litter). Aslan's litter brother took Best in Sweeps at a big Ohio Specialty at 10 months, at which time Aslan's breeder opted to keep him, and let us have Aslan. He's just starting to coat up and fill out, so he'll start in the ring this spring and should do really well.
I've really just gotten started showing (the first guy I got intending to show had a bite problem, so was neutered - of course I can't part with the little stinker, so he is the "babysitter" and resident tattletale). I also have a little 9 week old girl from a recent litter that looks really promising (she has an appointment with a certified judge from my kennel club next Tuesday for "official evaluation" :).
I mainly breed for pets, which I think every Sheltie breeder can say since show puppies can be tricky to come by even from 2 champion parents... But I've learned over the last couple years especially that showing is an important part of making sure you know how to read the standard. I got lucky and one of the top breeders in the country has been helping me out lately.
My dogs are pets first and we don't have a "kennel setup" at all (though there are days - like this week when we're in the negative temperatures - that I know a doggy door would be useful...). Everyone is housebroken, obedience trained (I do take some through classes formally. I've got one guy we play at Obedience with that has his CGC - we don't do much with him as we didn't start him until he was 3. We have one of his daughter's that we just started Agility with as well), and leash trained (a MUST with having everyone as a "family member" or there would be chaos).
Anyway - I'm one of those annoying people that can talk about my dogs for hours... so if you want to talk Sheltie let me know...(I think you can just hit the "Messaging" tab above and click the "send message" tab. It's kind of like e-mail from there (I think).
And I DO advertise (I'm in a remote part of the country, so I have to go 6-8 hours to a show outside of the one cluster a year held locally). I've found most South Dakota pet owners don't like the spay/neuter contract I have, and are more comfortable paying $350 for a barn raised, (Puppyfarm) puppy than my $550-600 (which I'm lucky if that covers my litter expenses and helps support my adults). I do place some puppies locally, but most go out of state (you wouldn't believe how many people from California I get that fly in or drive all the way to me to get a puppy). I do advertise, but my puppies are usually sold WAY before they are born (I run a 4-6 month waiting list and don't breed a litter unless I have prescreened homes lined up ahead of time). Usually, by the time I actually have a litter, I have names on my list for the next litter I've planned (again, all screened - and it's more of less a mandatory waiting period so I can get to know people. I think it takes more than 2 days to screen a home... and usually people willing to wait that long for a puppy aren't buying a puppy on a whim. It also gives me a couple months to lecture people on good dog food, heartworm preventative, and how important socializing a Sheltie puppy is...). But I don't advertise much... :)