We breed for a high
level of intuition, that special quality that the English Shepherd
is so famous for. We also select for a laid-back, mellow
personality that bonds strongly to family and home. We want a dog
that is tough enough to handle cow/calf pairs and gentle enough to
nose baby chicks back when they wander. We select dogs with
strong character for predator control and guardianship of stock.
While there are of course
variations in individual personalities and body types, an English
Shepherd should possess:
The ability to bond
deeply and totally with his family, in a way that is difficult
to describe until you have experienced it. English
Shepherds, even when they are not working dogs, are devoted and
loving family companions.
small stock and large. You should not have to pen your
English Shepherd after he passes the puppy stage and has had a
chance to learn the farm routines.
The ability to learn
routines without special or intense training, and a desire to
"help" with anything you do. People do train their dogs
with formal commands, and it sure doesn't hurt to have a
well-trained dog, but the reality is that most good English
Shepherds will just jump in and understand what is needed
without much training. After all, farmers aren't
necessarily dog trainers! We need a dog that can do it on
instinct, with minimal training.
A bossy and confident
character when completing tasks. English Shepherds should
be able to instinctively see problems and then take charge of
solving them. This can mean everything from alerting
us that the horses are out or by keeping the goats out of the
barn. This also extends to babysitting kids--there are
numerous stories about dogs that prevent children from going
into the road or alerting us that the children are up to no
A tendency to be a
serious watchdog, alerting when strangers arrive, and using good
judgment about the threat.
The desire and ability
to take care of predator problems, preventing strange dogs and
coyotes from access to the farm and also by killing smaller
predatory killers such as raccoons, possums, snakes and rats.
A double coat of varying
length, perfect for harsh winters or hot summers.
A medium size.
English Shepherds can vary from a whippy little 40 pound dog to
a substantial 75 pounds. The dogs here usually range
between 45-60 pounds at adulthood, slightly larger than an
average Border Collie.
Long or naturally bobbed
tails. We do not dock in this breed and it is common to
have any length of tail. They are all beautiful!
English Shepherds can be
registered in three reputable organizations; with the
English Shepherd Club and also with the
United Kennel Club, and
with the American Working Farm Collie Association,
strongly support the AWFA.
This is a registry that qualifies dogs to be registered in
the areas of herding, guarding, and hunting. Any herding
breed or mix is able to be registered if they qualify in two of
the three designated categories.
See our litter page
for information on upcoming litters.
Resident English Shepherds
(individual pages coming soon)
Broken Wire Marley
Ford's Chesney Buddy x
Jennings of Panther Ranch
Blacksheep Prince Valiant x
Blacksheep Tiger Lily
Cimarron Laura Chavez
Cimarron Sam x Cimarron Simply
Picture coming soon
||Red Bank Purple Haze
Heidtman's Rousch x Heidtman's
Gone too soon...
Red Bank Whisper of Smoke x