Dianne Shefford

I started breeding dogs in 2010 with my original Border Collie and have since branched out to include Cavaliers, Poodles and more recently Cavoodles. My emphasis in breeding is to produce good natured healthy pet dogs.


I just loved the early days of my breeding, my breeding dogs were all my pet dogs and lived with me in the house. They were very much part of my family and slept on my bed. When pup were due they were whelped in my room - usually on the bed! They were happy and comfortable with their pups and it was a great way to breed. This worked really well until my numbers increased and I had to say "thats enough" when it got to seven dogs on my bed.


I wanted to keep breeding, I was becoming fascinated by genetics and there was a big demand for my pups. When breeding for health it is beneficial to have generations in order to keep records of health issues and breed lines accordinaly. I wanted to introduce new lines and expand the gene pool but really wanted my breeding girls to still be house pets and this is when I started exploring the concept of the guardian programme. This has been expended and improved over the years and is explained in more detail in the guardian section of the website.


 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 extremely 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 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 annually and DNA tested with a full breed profile.

Breeding healthy dogs is a long term project and will take many years and quite a number of generations of testing, breeding and retaining healthy dogs.

We try very hard to give every pup a happy childhood, exposing them to as many experiences as possible, exposure to other larger dogs and cats, lots of play equipment, household noises and lots of interaction with many people. We try to teach them to be confident independant pups, every single pup has a distinct, individual personality. Some litters are raised in the guardians homes with the same emphasis on happy experiences and socialization. They do not leave their mother until they are 8 weeks old..

My pups will go to their new homes with a crate similiar to what 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.