Shirescot Scottish Terriers

A Big Dog in a Small Package

Category: Puppies

Puppy Update — June 1, 2020

Puppies at Shirescot!!

Hello everyone! We had a litter of puppies! Three girls and two boys from Edith and Junior. All healthy.

Potential:

  • It’s still too early to evaluate them for show potential, but one of the girls and one of the boys have been promised to show homes for over a year (when the first breeding between Edith and Junior didn’t “take).
  • They’re now five weeks old. We will start taking a “hard” look at them at 8 weeks, and will keep evaluating them every week after that to determine whether we (and others) think they have show potential.
  • All of them are black except one boy has a tiny bit — and I mean tiny bit — of white on his chin.

Plans for the future:

  • Since we don’t yet know their potential we are not yet able to determine where they’ll go from here. As I mentioned previously though, one girl and one boy were promised before this litter was even bred.
  • We have a show home commitment for another of the girls. Show homes have priority placement.
  • That leaves one girl and one boy currently uncommitted. Once we have evaluated them, we will begin contacting those on our waiting list. Keep in mind that we will carefully select homes for our puppies.

As you consider a Shirescot Scottish Terrier, keep these things in mind:

If you’re a person who calls and after hearing our price surprisingly states “I can buy a cheaper pup elsewhere” or who doesn’t care about papers because they want “just a pet.”

  • No dog is “just a pet.”
  • Behind every pure bred puppy/dog is a BREEDER. I’m using capital letters to differentiate a breeder from a pet factory or mill.

Reputable Breeders

  • A reputable breeder does not breed dogs without papers, that does not protect the integrity of the breed. Registration (papers) are records of lineage that document bloodline and allow one to research any possible health issues present in the lineage. When you tell a Breeder you don’t care about papers what you’re really telling them is you couldn’t care less about the health of the puppy, you just want the cheapest thing you can find!

Health and Wellness

  • When you select to buy a puppy from a reputable and quality breeder, this breeder is responsible for the health of every pup; both dogs owned and every pup they’ve sold for its lifetime. This breeder will skip holidays, miss sleeping, and most of their personal house space has been turned into space for their dogs. The truly passionate breeder who lives what they breed, puts their whole heart and soul into it. Not only in puppies that are sold, but also in each client who owns a piece of their heart and now is a member of their extended family. This does not take into account any puppy/dog who might get sick or need extra help to thrive.
  • Breeders worry about their babies after they leave and will take one back without question.
  • A breeder will get their hands dirty, often covered in everything accompanied with birthing. Because that’s what life is about…in the middle of birth and death is life. The wheel that keeps turning.
  • A breeder will do tests; echos, x-rays, analysis, emergency c-sections, vaccinations, register litters, research pedigrees, de-worm, as well ad microchip their puppies and get them evaluated by specialists.

Reserve the right

  • Last but not least, a breeder CHOOSES the family lucky enough to have one of their puppies. Yes, you read that right. A true breeder chooses who they well to because they are not making money off the sale. There is no compensation that can offset the investment a Breeder has made so they need to be confident its the right fit. Many times saying more no’s than yes.
  • A good Breeder will have different criteria for those wanting to carry on their bloodline. Why? Because breeding is not a responsibility to ever be taken lightly. It’s a lifestyle choice set aside for ONLY the few devoted people willing to sacrifice.

Never “just a pet”

  • Because a dog is never “just a pet” it’s the Breeder’s legacy, a little boy’s best friend, a little girl’s protector, an elderly person’s therapy, a member of the family, someone’s whole world!!
  • Responsible breeding and owning multiple dogs is a lifestyle and commitment that many are not able to comprehend. Seven days a week, 365 days a year with our lives revolving around the dogs.

(Written in part by Sr. Eduardo Loredo Muller/Translated into English by Angel Sophia Nogga/ Modified for dogs by Amber French.

If you still have an interest in a Shirescot Scottish Terrier — contact us!

June 27, 2019 Shirescot Puppy Update

Shirescot Puppy Update — we have two puppies left that are looking for homes. They were born on March 13, 2019. They’re 15 weeks old. The proud parents are Violet (Sno Pond’s Static Electricity at Shirescot) and Angus (CH Charthill Shirescot Angus MacFergus). Violet is a Calvin daughter. Angus is a Jenny son.

There were 5 puppies in the litter — 3 boys and 2 girls. Several of them have show potential, and one went to a home with owners that plan to show her.

When we place a puppy, we want them to go to homes that understand the terrier attitude. We want them in homes that understand the amount of work (and love) that went into bringing a litter of puppies into our home.

A show dog’s ring career is fairly short — once they’ve earned their championship (or grand championship for those rocket kids) they’ll come home and be the best buddy pet everyone is looking for.

When we breed, we breed for conformation. We want the best match for our girls (or our boys when someone calls to talk stud service). We also want the best match in homes — if you decide you want to show we’ll talk your ear off!

I’ve added photographs now of the crowd. This one is off all of them in their “bucket” — I use it for keeping them in one place while I clean their “hooch” or when we’re going outside. Much easier than taking them out one by one 🙂

Front to back – First row — Pink. Second row — Dumpling. Third row — Alex, Uno and Angus (Angus has the white beard).

Puppies in their “bucket”

“Uno”

This little guy was the first born and the name Uno jumped out at me. He is a nice golden brindle with a slight milk chin He’s gaining weight nicely and has a blocky body (exactly what you want in a Scottie). He’s adventurous and loves to explore when we go outside.

Uno is seriously looking for a show home — if that is you, come visit him and we’ll talk to you in depth about showing.

This is Uno in the yard

“Angus”

This boy is a black brindle with a milk chin. It is a big milk chin that I jokingly call a milk pitcher, and white blaze on his chest. And, although I’ve never seen this before (which really makes him unique) he has white hairs between his foot pads. He looks a lot like is father, Angus, so I’ve been calling him “Angus.” This guy is also gaining weight nicely. He’s a quick little fellow and loves going outside. It takes him a minute to get a good feel for his surroundings, but once he’s comfortable he’s off and running!

Angus found a wonderful home where he can walk with the goats and help with making pottery. His new family was very excited when they picked him up. He gave lots of kisses and caused a lot of giggles and laughs.

Angus in the yard

“Alex”

The third boy is also a black brindle. He has no white markings and his brindling (at this point) is subtle. This boy was selected by a wonderful couple who live near Philadelphia. They’ve decided that his name is “Alex.” Alex has a great personality — he’s a laid back kind of guy that will be an excellent sofa sitting, TV watching little boy.

Alex was very happy to see his people when they came to pick him up. I am assured that he’ll be spoiled rotten!

Alex in the yard

“Pink”

The first girl puppy is a black brindle. She was so close in coloring to her sister, I marked her head with pink so that I could tell them apart. I call her “Pink” because of that. Pink is a feisty little girl and won’t take “no” for an answer. She barks back “yes” as fast as she can! Pink loves homemade chicken broth more than anything else we put in front of her. She’s the more delicate of the two girls, but she makes up for that with her quick personality and speed out in the yard. She’s quite the girl!

Pink is very busy and it’s tough to keep her in one spot long enough for a good picture of her — so, at this point her best shot is in the bucket.

Pink is now Ellie (Shirescot’s First Lady Eleanor of Roxbury) and ensconced in her new home on Long Island. Another spoiled puppy!

Pink in the bucket

“Dumpling”

The second girl puppy is also black, but I’ve noticed some slight brindling to her coat. That may develop further as she gets older. She’s a very laid back girl — loves to lay on her back even in my hands — and will just lie there looking at me. She’s got a nice blocky body and is gaining weight very nicely.

Dumpling is still available to go to a pet home.

Dumpling loved exploring the brass collection on the porch. I found all these in Seoul, South Korea while I was on active duty.

As I’ve stated more than once, this is a great litter and these kids will make great pets for any home — whether they’re a show pup or not. Any dog’s show career is as long as you want it to be — Champion to Grand Champion Platinum. Some make it to their championship quickly, some take a little more time to grow up. They can certainly do their growing at YOUR house! Our girl Hope finished her Grand Championship (from nothing to Grand) in 3 months, only showing on weekends. Her daughter, Lil, finished her Championship in 3 weekends. Short career and then they’re back home with you, sitting by you on the sofa and sleeping in your bed.

Dumpling on the front porch

Today Hope’s son, Cliff (Shirescot Heathcliff Of Culloden Moor) won “Winner’s Dog” and 2 points toward his championship in a Terrier Show at Buck’s County, PA. We’re extremely proud!

Shirescot Puppies! Calvin is an exceptional papa!

Shirescot Puppies — We collaborated with a breeder in Maine (Sno Pond) twice, breeding Calvin first to Thyme, then to her daughter Gabby.

This is Sno Pond’s Static Electricity at Shirescot – “Violet”  Violet is a result of the breeding of Calvin and Thyme.  We really like her and are looking forward to seeing her in the ring.  I traveled to Rhode Island and met Ann Davis at our friend and Handler’s home/kennel (Blackstone) (Geoff Dawson) to see this litter of puppies when they were 8 weeks old.  It was a gruesome trip for me personally because the transmission went out on our workhorse Ford Explorer as I drove from my hotel to Geoff’s home.  Had to have it towed from his driveway…and the shop told me it would cost more to repair than the vehicle was worth.  Traveled home in a rental and purchased a “new to us” Ford Explorer (Reuben) immediately after returning the rental.  Very happy with Reuben!

Oh, and very happy with the puppies — 4 boys and 2 girls; we took one girl — Violet.   We named her Violet for several reasons — there is a Scottish Poet named Violet; Her “collar” was light purple; and, Ann Davis’ grandmother’s name was Violet.  All around great call name for this beautiful girl.  Ann kept one of the boys, Sno Pond’s Power Surge (Surge) so Violet’s registered name will fit right in — Sno Pond’s Static Electricity.  How great is that?!

Violet

Violet after grooming

The second breeding (Calvin x Gabby) resulted in a litter of 5 girls.  5 Girls!  They’re lovely — mostly brindles but there’s one “almost” black that Ann intends to keep (depending on her conformation statistics as she gets older).  Not sure yet who we’ll take, but I’m looking forward to the drive to Maine later this Spring.   This next picture is the puppies at about 4 hours old.

Calvin x Thyme puppies

These are the five girls that Gabby and Calvin produced last Thursday, March 29, 2018.

We are simply thrilled with our collaboration with Sno Pond!  I’m looking forward to seeing this wonderful babies very soon :).

— Lori

 

Ray of Hope’s Female Puppies Available Now

Had Hope’s girls out in the yard this morning. They’re just goof balls. Everything is fun to chase and oh! that lovely grass!  These two girls are available right now to go to new homes.  They both show great ring potential.  They both also like to sit on the sofa and watch television.  They argue and fuss with each other during the day but tend to sleep right next to each other when they’re napping and at night.

  • Lil (AKA Lilliput) —

This first video is of Lil.  She’s all black, great front and tail set.

Lil is available any time to move to a new home.  We’ve debated keeping her since she really needs to be in a show home.  Lil is energetic and feisty.  Her biggest thrill is teaming up with Molly to flip their food dish over and then use it as a sled in their play area.  After breakfast this morning they flipped it right into their food dish.  Now to find a food dish as heavy as the water dish (it’s a huge crock that I found at Mast General Store in Asheville, NC).

I took these photographs of Lil yesterday afternoon.  She’s just a fun girl to have around.  All wiggles and giggles and kisses!

Lil on grooming table

Lil is mostly patient on the table

As you can see by these photographs, Lil has a great front and rear.  She’s a blocky girl!

Lil standing still

Lil is enjoying a rare moment of standing still. She’s a feisty girl who will enhance anyone’s life!  She’s available now!

 

  • Molly (AKA Good Golly Miss Molly) —

This second video is of Molly.  Molly is also all black and is available to go to a new home.  Molly has serious show potential and would do extremely well in the ring.  She’s taken well to a leash and is very food motivated.

Molly is usually the instigator of suspicious activities.  She’s the first to run to the side of their living space (their “hooch”) when we walk in the room.  She’s the last to stop unruly behavior when we’re watching unobserved.  Lil notices us first and stops what she’s doing but she doesn’t seem to nudge Molly to tell her to quit…so Molly goes on doing whatever (usually digging in their water bowl).  We love these girls a lot.

Molly table

Molly wondering what I’m doing

Molly is very curious and loves to explore new things.  She does well in our yard off-lead, but not sure I’d do that anywhere other than here at home.  She’d curious herself off with strangers… :).

Molly topline

Molly has good toplines and tail set. She’s ready, will and able to move to your home. Available anytime.

Molly is a great little girl.  She wiggles a lot when she’s on the sofa with us watching television, but likes the attention.  Some commercials catch her interest and we wonder if she knows what’s going on (she’d probably have a better idea that we do sometimes).  Molly is ready to go to her forever home. Whoever gets this girl will never have a dull moment!

 

GCH CH Shirescot Ray of Hope

Hope had a wonderful litter of 5 puppies (3 male, 2 female) on June 3, 2017.  All of them are black although there are some brindled hairs on their feet.  That shouldn’t come as a surprise since Hope’s mother, GCH CH Charthill Worldly Ayre (Jenny) is a beautiful silver brindle.

This picture is the pups at 19 days of age.  It was tough getting all five of them to face the camera at the same time.  They all have minds of their own and are working to develop their personalities.

For the most part they’re outgoing and are showing the tenaciousness of a true Scot!  I swear one of them growled at me this morning as I was placing their first “gruel” meal in front of them.

Love them all!

19 days Hope

Hope’s Puppies at 19 days of age

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