Orchard Hill Ranch
Mags and Howie had seven beautiful pups on June 28. Of course, at three days old as I write this, color and gender are about the most you can tell about them. In honor of Howie (who was named for a forward-thinking Welsh king from the 900s) all of the pups have old Welsh (or Cornish) names, including the first-born, a seal and white boy, who is named for one of King Howell the Good's sons. You can follow the pups as they grow on their puppy pages.
Howie embodies all the traits I was looking for in a good match for Mags - a friendly, outgoing temperament; good stock working traits; good hips; a moderately-sized dog; one with a pedigree that complements Mags' pedigree; and one that can produce sable pups. You can read more about him on Mary's website. Traits from his description that particularly drew me to him include "strong working drive", "easy-going, adaptable", "intelligence, enthusiasm for work, and a steady temperament". At only two and a half years old, he has earned several working titles through the American Herding Breed Association. His hips are OFA Good, with PennHIP Distraction Indices of .32/.35. His pedigree includes working dogs all through it - dogs that have been bred to be working dogs for generations, with very little overlap with the dogs in Mags' pedigree. The ones that are in both pedigrees are dogs that have reputations as good working dogs, or produced good working dogs. This will be Howie's first litter. Pups should be ready for their new homes in late August.
If you are interested in a pup, copy and paste my puppy application into a Word document, and send it to me via email or the US Post Office.
Orchard Hill Steel Magnolia
Peaslee's Howell the Good