Shire & Levi, 2019

The Fearsome Foursome

Born June 5, 2019

Description of the Dam

Peaslee’s Elanor Proudfoot, HTAD I, HRD I, TKI, CGC, (Shire) is an exceptionally sweet, kind-hearted, and intuitive dog. Friendly and gentle, she gets along with everyone and tries hard to please. She enjoys working and has started level herding titles in addition to her canine good citizen certification. Although not formally trained as a service dog, she adapts naturally to the needs of her family and is a loving companion.

Shire is petite & athletic, with a feminine build and features.

Description of the Sire

Apple Blossom Levi of Shepherd’s Way (Levi) is biddable and energetic, with a very resilient disposition and a strong desire to be your partner. He is confident and friendly, a perfect gentleman when accompanying his owner to the elementary school where she works. He helps move alpacas when asked and takes his guardian responsibilities seriously, keeping a close eye on his children and other members of the household.

Levi is moderate in size with a sturdy build and broad head.

Characteristics of the Match

This breeding combines two branches of the Shepherd’s Way line, both going back to my foundation dam, Peaslee’s Brighton. The estimated COI (coefficient of inbreeding) is 2.7% based on pedigree; the generation time for this cross is 8 1/2 years. I expect puppies from this pair to be very biddable, loyal, and athletic, with natural herding ability and desire to work. Both Shire and Levi are wonderful family dogs, adapting well to new people and places.

Dam: Shire
Birthdate: June 2016
Registration: UKC
Ht: 18″,  Wt: 35 lbs
Hips: OFA good
Eyes: normal exam (CERF type), 2023
Genetic: MDR-1, DM, CEA & PRA clear
Embark panel, COI = 3%

Sire: Levi
Birthdate: April 30, 2006
Registration: UKC, ESCR
Hips: OFA good
Genetic: MDR-1 M/N, clear by pedigree for CEA, PRA prcd, DM
Owned by the Frake family

Levi & Shire

Fearsome Foursome: Temperament Testing

Week 7 is a great time to put the puppies through their paces in some structured evaluations. The first evaluation was a “temperament” test using tasks drawn from some working aptitude tests, the Volhard test, and experience. The evaluation is really a big stress test, providing an opportunity to see how the puppies handle a new environment, new person, and new tasks, without the support of friends & family. Overall, this is a lovely and diverse group — there were no extreme scores but each pup approached the challenge with a unique personal style; all the pups are sociable, sensitive, and very interested in attention, food, toys & play.

It’s always a challenge to summarize the detail in these tests but here is the run down as observed by myself and my three excellent assistants — Deb Jensen, Jennifer Kuehn, and Juliette Mcmillan. Thank-you ladies for your help!!


Puppy #1 (Beau) — Solid 3 (Volhard scoring system)… Honest Dog

Super social and engaging with people; happy, busy, and bold but not hard-headed
Uncomplicated – what you see is what you get; stellar natural retrieve, playful, highly food motivated, excellent nose
Moderately distractible, struggles a bit with patience and impulse control
Wants to be where you are and part of whatever you are doing


Puppy #2 (Rosie) — 3s and 4s… Sweetheart

Sweet, trusting pup, highly social and adoring
Playful, can be scrappy and mix it up with litter mates but likely to be handler-soft
Natural retrieve & loves to tug, nice natural herding instincts
Observant, biddable, wants you to be her anchor


Puppy #3 (Yuki) — 3s and 4s… Farm Dog

Super smart, sociable & engaging with children, problem solver with a dash of independence and self-reliance
Very observant, thinks before acting, frequently first to surmount new challenges
Resilient but deferential ~ not a pushy dog and not one to be pushed
Likely to form deep connections and need a well-defined set of rules & responsibilities


Puppy #4 (Bravo) — Mostly 3s, maybe shading towards a 2 in some areas… High Achiever

Strong presence, intelligent and piercing gaze — sees and studies everything, sociable and confident
Athletic, assertive, collected, strong prey drive, loves food & tug
Affectionate but not needy, rock solid working partner for someone who is clear, confident and consistent
Capable of focus and intensity, can be scrappy with litter mates when pushed too far