Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association

OBTESA became a Tennessee Nonprofit Corporation on August 10, 2021. The initial board of directors was John Sherling, Larry Raulston and Tony Bierman. The mission of the Old-fashioned Black & Tan English Shepherd Association is to assist and promote the breeding, registration, training, and use of the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd bloodline.  OBTESA … Read more

The Best Dogs We Have Ever Had

For a century or more, a culture and tradition has existed around the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd dog. John Blankenship’s father rode into town on an old gray mare with a black and tan at his side to drive home the livestock he purchased. Walter Oglivie followed on horseback while a pair of … Read more

The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd

A brief modern history of the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd In the late sixties or early seventies, a young boy traveled with his family from their home in Kentucky to visit John and Polly Blankenship’s farm near Christiana, TN.  The boy’s mother purchased multiple black and tan dogs from Mrs. Blankenship.  While they … Read more

Use of English Shepherds in World War I

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

Jasper the Wonder Dog

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.

James Maynard’s Males

Let’s take a quick look at James Maynard’s males. According to records, Mr. Maynard owned 5 males. Males Sire Strain Maynard’s King I Smith’s King ? (no male progeny) Maynard’s Duke Maynard’s King III A1a H1a.48 Maynard’s King III Oney’s Smoke A1a H1a.48 Maynard’s Prince Sallee’s Okla Boo A1a H1a.48 Maynard’s King Bob Maynard’s Prince … Read more