Welcome! We hope you enjoy your stop at our new
website. We are long term breeders providing good dogs for good
My family fell in love with this breed years
ago. I ended up finding a home for the first two ACD's we purchased.
I was terribly disappointed and felt because they did not live up to
the breed, it had to have been poor breeding.
We had bred livestock in the past and did very
well. My son Steve competed with FFA. We learned to know the
standards and to look for the stock that would fit these
requirements. We had to be very particular in our foundation stock
to get the off spring we desired. Steve placed in the
county, district and state his first time out with his own stock. He
bought his first truck, a 54 Ford with his earnings.
From our past experience the search was on.
After purchasing our first well bred female we were hooked. She was
true to the breed and not only met our expectations, but surprised
us daily with her intelligence, loyalty and just pure joy to be
I had been raised with dogs. Not ever
remembering a time without them. I came from a family of big
hunters. We had a large number of dogs for hunting and pet. Up to
40 at a time. (For those who don't know there are different dogs for
different hunts. Deer, squirrel, fox, bird, etc.) In fact these old
pens of days long ago are now where I'm locating our kennel. My
grandfather created the first circle feeder where all the dogs could
get in to eat. An old tractor tire cut in half.
We did not happen into this with the birth of
puppies just for fun. Our very first litter was well thought out. I
believe poor and careless breeding has done more to damage this dogs
reputation and character than anything else. We are now in our
6th generation of adult dogs.
I have invested in well bred, healthy dogs
over the years and nothing less. I find a breeder and will wait for
my pup. I have waited as much as three years. We have gone back to
the foundation stock that came into this country as well as recently
imported bloodline from Australia. I am so confident of the quality
of my pups, the surprise would be to have one that didn't fit our
standards. I just don't believe you can breed two jackasses and get
We have not cut corners in our breeding
program, daily food and maintenance or our vet care. I do have to
give much credit to my first vet, Dr. Pat Galligan. I would not have
the quality and health of my dogs I have without him.
You can see the pedigrees listed with my dogs.
Our dogs are from top kennels and we practice selective breeding. I
have never had to advertise and always had a waiting list until our
relocation at this time. So now a website. The new kennel name is
Sapphire Kennel for the blue. We had been calling our older dogs
Keller, or Ouachita (Washitaw).
My husband Bill, of 35 yrs, and I are country
folks if you hadn't already figured that out. We have two married
children Steve & Julie and four grandchildren. Our family also
consist of my grandmother age 94, and Bills' Mom, 90. They are at
an age they love to tell how old they are, so it's ok. They keep us
all straight. I had said we needed to call the kennel Corn Bread
kennel as much as we cook around here.
We are at this time moving back to the farm my
grandparents left me some time back in Camden AR. from Asheville NC.
A home of love & warm memories. The dogs are doing well here. I
think of my grandfather a lot and of the days I spent in the back of
the truck riding on the dog box down dirt roads looking for our dogs
tracks. He would get out and blow the horn made from an old steer
horn that I now have to call them in. He could tell me which dog it
was that was responding. As my grandfather did, I can now tell which
dog I hear and exactly what is going on by my dogs bark. He is one
person that would understand my love of this animal. Man's best
If it ever gets where I can't find a good home
for my pups, I guess I will have a lot of adult fixed dogs running
around. My family can't imagine life without a heeler or a yorkie
for that matter. I always say "A heeler and fufu keeps you balanced
in life." Webster, our 3 lb. male, as big as it gets yorkie,
honestly believes he can take the whole school yard on. We haven't
told him any different.
We love our dogs. Thanks for stopping by!
Vickie Langley Keller