I didn't start out wanting to breed English Shepherds, I just wanted one like Lady, the English Shepherd I had as a kid. And I got Quinn, who was everything I was looking for, everything I remembered, everything I wanted.
Caledonia Mission is my attempt to breed English Shepherds as I remember them from 30 years ago and as I'd like to find them 30 years from now.
I believe ~
- that English Shepherds should be protective without being aggressive
- that English Shepherds should be aloof with strangers but not unfriendly
- that English Shepherds should be tolerant of nonthreatening strange dogs
- that English Shepherds should be independant thinkers yet responsive to their humans
- that English Shepherds should be active without being "busy", alert without being "hyper", and calm without being "lazy"
- that all English Shepherds, not just ones used for breeding, should have their hips xrayed to determine soundness
- that it is important to breed for "the whole dog"
- that the
English Shepherd Club is essential for preserving and protecting this wonderful breed
- that the English Shepherd Club's Breed Standard is, by and large, a good guideline and a valuable tool
- that English Shepherds are happiest when they are treated as a member of the family
- that all English Shepherds need socialization and training
- that English Shepherds need daily mental and physical exercise