Gravitas and Grit

Many of Shep’s and Sally’s ancestors[1]Shep and Sally are by Sallee’s Rustie Jr. out of Sherling’s Jill were drover’s dogs used by farmers and ranchers of the Southeast U.S. to drive stock through thick woods and over narrow mountain paths.[2]Walter Oglivie, “Pete The Mountain Dog,” English Shepherd Club of America’s Who’s Who Breeder Manual, pg … Read more

The Barnes’ Family Dogs

Mr. Charles Barnes of Virginia recently traveled to Alabama to pick-up a puppy by Sallee’s Rustie Jr. out of Sherling’s Princess.  The Barnes family has kept Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherds for two generations, dating back to IESR and UKC dogs from the 60s. The Barnes’ dogs included Barnes’ Lady by Blankenship’s Buster out … Read more

Kamp’s Tucker and Kamp’s Allie

These are Kamp’s Tucker and Kamp’s Allie. Tucker is by Sherling’s Jack out of Sherling’s Meg. Allie is by Sallee’s Rustie Jr. out of Sherling’s Princess. The Kamps are experienced breeders of our bloodline who are planning to bring Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherds back to Ohio in a few years.

Finding a Blue Ribbon Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd

There are only a few breeders of the Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd.  These are unique farm dogs with a specific heritage.  https://obtesa.com/history/ So, as you might expect, there is a waiting list for Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd puppies.  If you’re looking for a farm collie-type English Shepherd, which is a different … Read more

Catch Dogs

A catch dog is used in hunting to catch large animals, or in ranching to work unruly livestock. As hunters, catch dogs are contrasted with bay dogs who corner prey animals and alert their handler by barking or baying. As livestock dogs, catch dogs use their strength and determination to immobilize large animals so that … Read more

Shep, UKC Natchez Trace Rebel Elegy

This is Shep at 3 months old. Registered UKC Natchez Trace Rebel Elegy out of Sallee’s Rustie Jr (IESR,UKC,ESCR), x Sherling’s Jill (UKC,ESCR). Both parents’ genetic panels are clear of breed-specific conditions. Shep and his siblings are first-generation progeny of the OBTESA Breeder Incubator Program. The Old-fashioned Black and Tan English Shepherd Association is a Tennessee non-profit … Read more