We breed the occasional litter of pups;
mostly for the sheer
pleasure of it, occasionally to keep one for ourselves and usually just one litter a year. Enormous care is
taken to find the right partners for our dogs; matching temperaments,
breed lines, physical qualities and health tests. Puppies are born and
raised in the heart of our household; they are raw-fed and holistically
Our pups receive our undivided love, attention and devotion. If your ideal dog comes in a currently fashionable size or colour, or is farmed on a breeding kennel with impersonal concrete runs and wire mesh fencing, then you're looking on the wrong website.Kilnhurst is a UKMASC 5* Approved Breeder. We hold ourselves to the very highest standards.
working breeds FOR active homes
In addition to lovely temperaments, our puppies are
bred with the whole range of working activities in mind.
Many of our past pups are making us proud in various performance venues including agility, flyball, tracking and obedience; including qualifications for prestigious events such as Discover Dogs and Crufts. We count a number of registered Therapets and Kennel Club Good Citizens Gold amongst our pups, too.
Both mini Americans and Collies are working breeds; not everybody can cope with their boundless energy and specific requirements. Couch potatoes they certainly are not! They are bright and learn quickly, but that means they can learn bad habits just as fast as good ones. Because of this our puppies will NOT be sold to sedentary pet homes, or where they will be left alone and lonely for large parts of the day. These dogs would drive an inactive home, and themselves, completely crazy.
Potential owners should familiarise themselves with the requirements
and drives of both these breeds and should not consider either unless
able to assure a dog an active, secure and loving home for life.
health & temperament tested
All our breeding dogs have had an
extensive range of health tests. We are happy to discuss the tests,
the results and their implications.
Our puppies are Volhard Puppy Aptitude
Tested before they leave
home. The results of this non-invasive test gives future owners an
insight into the potential character of their new dog and can suggest
the training style and approach which each pup may respond to best.
Our puppies are NOT subjected to the so-called 'Super-Puppy Programme'. Don't even ask.
When placing our pups, we always try to accommodate prefences for
gender and coat colour etc, but our priority in finding the most
successful and enduring match between pup and prospective home, is
character. These dogs will become an integral part of your life and
your family for hopefully 15 years or so. There is no point offering
you a pup that we know from the outset, is not a good fit.
registration & sales contract
All our pups are registered on the Kennel
Club Activities Register
which entitles them to compete in the full range of dog sports, but not
the Kennel Club show ('conformation') ring.
The mini American litters are also registered as pedigree Miniature American Shepherds with the American Kennel Club (AKC). Now the breed has been fully recognised by the AKC, (July 2015) the lengthy and complicated process towards breed recognition in the UK can be started.
Our pups are sold with their registration papers with all registries, endorsed against breeding.
In exceptional circumstances endorsements may be lifted at our discretion once the pup reaches two years of age, subject to proof of satisfactory health testing and following full discussion. In general it is expected that pups will be spayed or neutered at maturity.
We maintain a waiting list for our litters and are always willing to discuss our amazing breeds and to share our information and ethusiasm with potential owners. For the time being our breeding is focussed on mini Americans.
The quality, characters and natures of our pups, combined with the love, affection and attention to detail over their raising, has resulted in numerous repeat customers over the years. We never advertise our pups anywhere other than via or our own social media (this site or our Facebook page), most of them are placed by word of mouth. Waiting lists are usually closed long before a litter arrives.
If you are interested in a future
Kilnhurst puppy, please introduce yourself and kick-start the
conversation via the Questionnaire below.
Please be aware that we do not respond to
puppy enquiries that arrive without a completed questionnaire.
If you can't find the time to
answer a few questions, you won't expect us to find the time to reply.