From Caroline Betts, proprietor of MTF – “I am so happy to welcome all the new puppy owners to our Middle Tree family. You are always welcome to bring the puppy for a visit or join us in our classes or just for playing in the fields. The farm gate is always open and please … Read more
It is hard to put a finger on how many Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherds were bred by John and Pauline Blankenship of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Considering that the couple bred dogs for the better part of four decades, I think it is safe to say the number probably clears a thousand. But the … Read more
My first requirement for this pairing is two healthy dogs who are clear of any breed-specific genetic diseases. Secondly, I wanted to breed rural companion dogs who will help with farm chores and learn the daily routine. Dogs who want to be with their family day and night. I like a dog who can assist … Read more
This article states that English Shepherds were used in World War I “in large numbers.” All dogs’ jobs were ranked in order: Sentinels’ assistant Patrol dog Courier Drafting Guard dogs Ratters When Dogs Go To War Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio) · 7 Apr 1918, Sun · Page 30
An English Shepherd named Jasper wowed audiences in the 1930’s by taking the stage alone and obeying commands issued over a sound system. His trainer was a R.L. Edwards of Greenville, SC.
The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd is an important foundational strain of the English Shepherd landrace. In accordance with best practice for effective landrace management, the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd merits deliberate and carefully crafted intentional conservation that will benefit the landrace as a whole. Background “Landrace” refers to populations of animals … Read more
The 2021 first quarter newsletter from the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association was mailed earlier this week. It was just 2 pages, in a simple format. The 2nd quarter’s issues will be 6 pages, full color. Here’s an sneak-peak, early draft of the cover page for the 2nd quarter issue, due out in … Read more