***Our 2017 litter has arrived – now taking applications!***
This is a space we’ve created to tell you about our naturally-reared English Shepherds. We’re happy and relieved to announce the arrival of new pups (see our blog for details) and we look forward to placing them in homes where natural rearing is valued and practiced.
Why English Shepherds?
In a word, this breed is unspoiled. Many beloved breeds have suffered degradation, disease, and diminished lifespans. This comes primarily as a result of poor breeding and feeding practices. Comparatively speaking, this breed has not been ravaged by these ills. And assuming breeders follow responsible practices, such as those associated with natural rearing, we may perpetuate health in successive generations. This is our hope and endeavor. Which leads us to another frequent question…
Why naturally reared?
The simple answer is we believe that real food – food that approximates the authentic canine diet – is healthier than standard store-bought kibble. And by treating common issues with natural remedies and thereby avoiding over-exposure to chemicals, dogs may stand a better chance at sustained health. See our canine health page for more info.
Tell me more about the breed!
Here is a nice summary found on Wikipedia:
The English Shepherd is an extremely versatile breed of working dog of the collie lineage, developed in the United States from farm dogs brought by English and Scottish settlers in the 17th through 19th centuries before pedigrees became fashionable around the end of the 19th century. Subsistence farmers appreciated the breed for their versatility and not for their flash or strict conformation to a standard of appearance.
The English Shepherd is a highly intelligent, all-around farm dog, being used as a herding dog, livestock guardian, farm watch dog, hunting dog, vermin eradicator and a child’s companion. English Shepherds were not bred to be specialized to work one type of livestock as some recent herding dogs have been. English Shepherds were bred to do many tasks on the small diversified farms of the 17th through early 20th centuries that had various types of livestock including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and fowl. It may have been the most common breed in America during the 19th and early 20th century.