a small "kennel" and breeds
occasionally. Each breeding is done
with the planning and hope that there
will be a "keeper." Pets
are sold on a spay/neuter, limited
registration basis only. Because we
do keep our numbers small, show puppies
are occasionally available. Performance
dogs are also sometimes available.
Please check our Puppies/Litters section
for more information. If you are looking
for something specific, please contact
breeding stock at Shadymist is tested for hips,
eyes, VWD and thyroid. Please check our health
section for more information.
breeding philosophy at Shadymist strives to
encompass the whole dog. The Shetland Sheepdog
is unique in many ways - not the least being
that it is considered a "head" breed
(set apart in breed type by head detail) by
many, while yet being a card-carrying member
of the very functional herding group. Were
we to breed strictly for head type, the working
functionality (correct structure, tractable
temperament and herding instinct) would all
be lost. Were we to breed strictly for functionality,
the endearing "look" unique
to the Sheltie would be lost. It's a duality
not many other breeds have to contend with.
We at Shadymist consider it our founding mission
to preserve and perpetuate all the best traits
of a Sheltie - the look, the temperament and
the working structure that drew us to the breed
in the first place.
Shadymist people are Breeya E. Barbree and
Russ Martin, and our daughters, Devin (born
May, 2001), and Sheridan (born Feb., 2003).
Shadymist is located on three lovely acres
in the Virginia countryside. We are pleased
with the level of quality we have reached and
continue to strive for improvement with each
breeding. The future looks bright at Shadymist!