27 Shetland Sheepdog Breeders in Australia

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Sheltie Breeders in New South Wales

Sheltie Breeder Kelanmee Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Southern Highlands, New South Wales
Contact kelanmeeshelties.com

Sheltie Breeder Beauideal Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Contact beauideal.customer.netspace.net.au

Sheltie Breeder Deerod Shetland Sheepdogs
Location New South Wales
Contact deerod.net

Sheltie Breeder Hartly Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Contact hartlyshelties.com

Sheltie Breeder Daydream Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Peerielee Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Silverdale, New South Wales
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Nedsur Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Central Coast, New South Wales
Contact nedsurshelties.weebly.com

Sheltie Breeder Donteray Kennels
Location Lower Hunter Valley, New South Wales
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Lyndream Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Yerong Creek, New South Wales
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Tullaview Border Collies and Shelties
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Contact tullaview.com

Sheltie Breeder Shelbrae Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Orange, New South Wales
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Lizneb Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Sydney, New South Wales
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeders in Tasmania

Sheltie Breeder Shelmanna Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Brighton, Tasmania
Contact shelmanna.weebly.com

Sheltie Breeders in Queensland

Sheltie Breeder Shatrin Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Rockhampton, Central Queensland
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Donriver Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Gladstone, Queensland
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Safaree Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Woodford, Queensland
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeders in South Australia

Sheltie Breeder Shelsian Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Woodcroft, South Australia
Contact shelsian.com

Sheltie Breeders in Victoria

Sheltie Breeder Limbunya Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Contact limbunyashetlandsheepdogs.com

Sheltie Breeder Ashmont Shelties
Location Somerville, Victoria
Contact alphalink.com.au/~bosmans

Sheltie Breeder Charmhill Shelties
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Contact charmhillshetlandsheepdogs.com

Sheltie Breeder Montage Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Port Melbourne, Victoria
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Louanda Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Ballarat, Victoria
Contact Dogs Net Page

Sheltie Breeder Shelkeera (Retrievers and Shelties)
Location Wonthaggi, Victoria
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeders in Western Australia

Sheltie Breeder Tiakina Shelties
Location Perth, Western Australia
Contact tiakinashelties.homestead.com

Sheltie Breeder Lurikeen Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Perth, Western Australia
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Sheltie Breeder Aerten Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Collie, Western Australia
Contact facebook.com/AertenShetlandSheepdogs

Sheltie Breeder Arajento Shetland Sheepdogs
Location Perth, Western Australia
Contact Dogz Online Profile

Becoming a Professional Sheltie Breeder

Are you so in love with Shelties that you might just become a professional Sheltie breeder yourself? There are many things you need to consider before you embark on this lifestyle.

  • Breeding is a Big Commitment. Besides the massive amount of breed research you'll need to undertake, you'll also need the time, money, and facilities to accommodate many dogs in your house and/or kennels. You'll need whelping boxes, large penned exercise areas, and a suitable vehicle for taking multiple puppies to the vets. You'll also need to afford lots of dog food, pay ongoing vet bills, and have a strong tolerance for barking. Grooming Shelties will become a necessary part of your everyday routine.

  • You Need to Understand Genetics. To some extent, breeding animals means Playing God, involving artificial selection as opposed to natural selection. You'll match mating pairs that you think will produce puppies of the ideal Shetland Sheepdog appearance, temperament, and health. This requires knowledge of how parent genes interact to create physical characteristics in their offspring. Fortunately, the science of inheritance patterns in Shelties is already done; your job is to read up and talk to fellow dog breeders for advice.

  • Raising Puppies is Hard Work. Remember your first puppy? It certainly came as a shock to me just how much attention Howard needed—and he was just one puppy. Now multiply that by 4-6 per litter and imagine doing it over and over, year after year. Once the puppies are weaned off their mother's milk, you'll be doing all the work to keep them clean, fed, and happy around the clock. Like babies, puppies have tiny stomachs and tiny bladders, demanding high frequency attention.

  • Parents and Puppies Need Vet Checks. You'll need to take your mating pairs to the vets for pre-breeding genetic screenings to ensure they won't be passing on any genetic diseases. What's more, all your kennel dogs and puppies will need routine vet care, vaccinations, quality nutrition, dental care, and parasitic treatments. Vet bills make it difficult to profit from ethical dog breeding, making this a lifestyle not a business.

  • Canine Pregnancies Develop Rapidly. Female dogs, called bitches, are pregnant for just 63 days, compared to 280 days in humans. A healthy pregnancy can be confirmed by ultrasound after 30 days, with the mother needing extra food, care, and supervision in case of medical emergencies.

  • You'll Be The Midwife. Breeders oversee births at home, where the mother can be in a quiet, warm, and familiar space to whelp her puppies. After a period of contractions, puppies can be born rapidly or up to four hours apart. Afterwards, it's crucial to match the number of placentas delivered to the number of puppies born, as retained placentas can cause serious infection. You'll have many jobs, including freeing the puppies from their amniotic sacs, stimulating their breathing, and aiding suckling after the birth.

  • Breeders Give Up Most of Their Puppies. While you may form attachments with the puppies in their first two months of life, keeping them all is likely unrealistic. Breeders accumulate many dogs in their kennels, and only keep puppies as potential champions or breeding stock. Those not up to the breed standard are rehomed as pets at 8 weeks old, which could be too much to bear if you fall in love with all your puppies.

I'm sure many Sheltie fanatics have fantasized about breeding professionally. I know I have. But ultimately, this is a major lifestyle choice requiring a huge commitment, so make sure you have the time, money, and motivation to be a dedicated Sheltie breeder before you dive in.

READ: An Interview with a Sheltie Breeder

Becky Casale

Becky Casale is the creator of Sheltie Planet and Science Me. She lives in New Zealand with her partner, their two children, and their Sheltie, Piper.


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