Chisum & Maisie

The Coming Together of Two Excellent English Shepherd Bloodlines.

 

Maisie and Chisum are intelligent, calm, loving and highly biddable English Shepherds.  They are great fun to be around, and a real joy to take for a walk or a rumble.  

Resources: Breed info (Shepherd's Way); Choosing a puppy (English Shepherd Club).

Download Application Form: PDF format, Microsoft Word (.doc) file, or OpenDocument Text (.odt) file.

 

The owners of Maisie and Chisum's 2018 & 2017 litters report that this matchup has produced intelligent, loving, biddable pups that are very well balanced, and quite uniform in both temperament and build, as reported on our Facebook page.

We are located in the rolling hills of Hunterdon County, NJ. This amazing view of our barn on our small farm was taken by a friend.

Our Dogs

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ChiSum (Quigley Jr.)

Chisum (Quigley Jr.) is an excellent example of an English Shepherd - a handsome and well balanced shaded sable who is 6 years old.  Intelligent and athletic (fast runner and strong swimmer) with natural herding ability, he is fearless and self-assured with all types of livestock, calm with other dogs, and all around lover of the family.  He settles well at night but remains ready to spring into action.  An ideal farm dog and family pet.

Chisum is 23 1/2 inches tall and weighs about 66 lbs, and is big boned.  Bred by Julia Downs (Under the Rainbow), his bloodlines are Butcher, Partlow, Dalby, and Atchley.

Date of birth: 2-09-2013
Registration: ESCR, UKC
Hip screen: OFA: Good
MDR1: Normal/Normal
CEA: Clear/Normal 03/2019
OFA Elbows - Normal
OFA Eye Certification Registry (CAER) - Clear/Normal 3/16/18
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) - Clear/Normal 11/30/17 

Pedigree

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Maisie

Maisie is tricolor with a soft wavy coat who is 4 years old. A total love bug, with a joyful personality, who loves to play fetch. She knows her toys by name. She is like glue when out for a walk except when treeing squirrels, which she does with gusto. Maisie has demonstrated a strong natural herding ability with sheep and is very athletic.  As a mum she is attentive. Maisie is a good companion dog, who settles well at night and is also a good all round farm and family dog.

Maisie is 21" tall and weighs about 47 lbs, and is medium boned. Her bloodlines are du-Prairie and Dersom’s Sparkplug.

Date of birth: 6-09-2015
Registration: ESCR, UKC
Hip screen: OFA: Good
MDR1: Normal/Normal
CEA: Clear/Normal 03/2019
OFA Elbows - Normal
OFA Eye Certification Registry (CAER) - Clear/Normal 7/12/17
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) - Clear/Normal 11/30/17

Pedigree

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Lilly

Lilly very much takes after her dad - calm, bold, adventurous, not phased by anything, and like her dad loves to swim. At 10 months old, she was tested on sheep and showed a keen interest in herding, with strong natural ability. She demonstrated exceptional restraint and exhibited excellent distance recall. Like her mum, she is a total love bug and gets along well with people, children and other dogs. Her guardian instincts are on full display when birds perch on the picket fence. A real goofball!

She is 20 1/2 inches tall and weighs about 53 lbs, and is big boned. Her bloodlines are Butcher, Partlow, and du-Prairie. DNA tests are by parentage.

Date of birth: 6-10-2018
Registration: ESCR, UKC
Hip screen: OFA: too yound to test
MDR1: Normal/Normal
CEA: Clear/Normal
OFA Elbows - not tested
OFA Eye Certification Registry (CAER) - Clear/Normal
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) - Clear/Normal

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Nymeria

Nymeria is super smart, very loving, and sensitive, but not timid. She can be trained to do almost anything and exhibits a keen interest in herding. She loves people and children, but not so much other dogs. Her guardian instincts are not as strong as our other dogs, instead of fearsome barking she prefers to talk. She loves to play and has formed a strong bond with Lilly. Her calm personality would lend well to being a therapy dog.

She is 20 inches tall and weighs about 49 lbs, and is medium boned. Her bloodline is Blacksheep.

Date of birth: 10-10-2017
Registration: ESCR, UKC
Hip screen: OFA: too yound to test
MDR1:
CEA:
OFA Elbows - not tested
OFA Eye Certification Registry (CAER) -
Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) -

A Relaxed Mum

Maisie sharing a moment with a her pup. We think he will have the same beautiful glossy coat as his mum.

Nymeria at 9 Weeks

A wolf sable, she is the latest addition to our English Shepherd family. She is seen here at 10 weeks old playing with Chisum and Maisie, and is already holding her own as a member of the pack.

VERY old heritage breed

English Shepherds are descended from the shepherd lines of England and the Southern parts of Scotland.  They are a very old heritage breed that has not changed much, as paintings from the mid-1800s show. These dogs were selectively bred for the primary purpose of herding in an upright, loose-eyed style. They are also versatile in hunting and guarding of livestock and children.  In the USA they became popular as an all-purpose farm collie, being loyal, level-headed, and VERY intelligent.  As the number of small farms decreased, this breed declined in numbers but is today gaining in popularity, being recognized as a great companion and family dog, and a dog that excels at agility sports. They are the quintessential all-around American dog.

English Shepherd believed to have been owned by Queen Victoria, Fern c1870-76 painted by Carl Schmidt.

As you can see, the English Shepherd has not changed much since they were a bred in England some 100 plus years ago.  While the breed in the UK no longer exists, they remain a rare heritage breed here in the US.  It's possible, and I'm spectulating here, that perhaps the English Shepherd was bred out, or was bred into becoming the Border Collie, which replaced - possible by the fashion of the time - the "shepherd"dog.

If these two puppies don't look just like Maisie and Chisum, painted by Sir Arthur J. Elsley