....located in the heart of Michigan. Our males produce beautiful, healthy Shetland Sheepdogs. Sound of mind and body. True to the breed standard. By achieving this goal, our dogs will be equally suitable for companionship, performance and the breed ring.
Our dogs are first and foremost family members. Whether they are our own or belong to our clients, they are house dogs, who spend their lives in our company. Temperament is of utmost importance.
We are often asked how to pronouce our kennel name. < h > is silent in < hj, hv >: < j > is like in "yes" < alt > as in "salt"
We are members of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Greater Detroit. Our dogs have been active in the breed ring, agility, herding and tracking. The Shetland Sheepdog can do it all and do it well!
Professional AKC Shetland Sheepdog Show Handling and Presentation
Our foundation is built onAM/CAN CH Cherden Sock It To 'Em, CD, ROM/ROMC. POW was born in 1968. He was sired by CH Diamond’s Robert Bruce and out of Julaine’s Wood Mist O’ Cherden. POW sired 35 American Champions, and many Canadian Champions as well. This included one ROM. Dana Quinney of Clan Duncan Shelties had this to say about POW... "Pow, with his glass-smooth, long, lean skull--flat and clean and parallel-planed, ending in a fully rounded muzzle and bang-up underjaw. His head was finished with perfectly tipped small ears. Pow had straight front legs and tracked true. He had an outstanding rear, down-carried tail, lots of bone and correctly textured coat, and a long, arched neck. His tan was rich cinnamon, not coffee-with-too-much-cream. He was different."
What better to base a foundation upon!
AM/CAN CH Cherden Sock It To 'Em, CD ROM/ROMC
Photo by Dana Quinney of Clan Duncan Shelties
Our kennel name, part of Sheltie history....
....The Shetland isles were a possession of Norway until the 16th century. The Norseman brought with them Nordic sheepdogs. The Nordic sheepdog (pictured on the left) bears a remarkable resemblance to today's Sheltie. The medium sized Nordic sheepdog received occasional infusions of outside blood from Icelandic stock. And were used on the islands until the 1800s, when working collies were introduced. The native Nordic dog and the early collie then fused to form a medium sized Sheltie prototype. The size of the dog was reduced by a combination of environmental factors and crosses with the King Charles Spaniel and the original Pomeranian (differing in type from those we see today).
The Norsemen called the islands "Hjaltland". This was later anglicized to the Shetland Islands.
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank those that helped us get started. (in alphabetical order :-)