I started breeding dogs in 2010 with my original pet Border Collie and have since branched out to include other breeds. I started out on my own and recently my son and daughter in law have come on board to help, making this a family business, which I am thrilled about.


 My emphasis in breeding is to produce good natured healthy pet dogs.

When you buy a pup you are literally buying a member of the family hopefully  for the next 10+ years, so health and nature is so important! They will be part of every family celebration and included in every photograph from the day you bring them home, if your children are toddlers now this pup you are buying will be their constant companion for their entire childhood. Accidents happen but I do all I can on my part to ensure your dogs live a long healthy life, from July 2017 onwards all breeding dogs are heart tested and DNA tested with a full breed profile.

What I have undertaken is a long term project and will take many years and quite a number of generations of testing, breeding and retaining healthy dogs to continue with, at the same time being very conscious of using as large a gene pool as possible.

I try very hard to give every pup a happy childhood, I expose them to as many experiences as possible, exposure to other larger dogs and cats, lots of play equipment, all household noises and lots of interaction with many people. They do not leave the litter until they are 8 weeks old. Research shows that early separation from mother and siblings can result in separation anxiety later in life.  Lifetime Pets employs some young people from Melba Support Services where they are employed officially to sit and play with the pups. My house always has a constant stream of backpackers whose job is also to play with the pups. They are raised inside for the first part of their lives, being whelped in my bedroom where I can keep close watch for the first few weeks, until such time as they start waking and playing at 2am then they are moved to the living room, some of the litters are raised in guardian homes with the same emphasis on happy experiences and socialization.

All of this attention to their early days results in confident, well socialised pups.

My pups will go to their new homes with the crate that they are used to sleeping in as well as a blanket and toy filled with comforting familiar smells. The feedback that I get back indicates that this is very helpful in settling a pup for its first nights.

My girls are not mated until second season and have a maximum of 5 litters after which they are desexed. Also I put a lot of time and effort into finding them an excellent home for the rest of their lives or keep them as my own beloved pets. 

Dianne Shefford