Orchard Hill Ranch
After sorting through potential matches for Mags' 2017 litter, looking for just the right stud dog -- with 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 -- I have decided to breed her to Mary Peaslee's Howell the Good. 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. Howie has seal coloring, which means he is a sable dog with a transluscent overlay of black. This will be Howie's first litter. I expect the breeding will take place in May, 2017, with pups born in July and ready for their new homes in September.
Next year's litter (unless I take a year off) will likely be Fae's. At this time, I don't plan to breed Mags again.
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.