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Kim and Pete at The French Laundry, Yountville, CA, August 2007

Since our first Sheltie litter in 1989, we have bred or owned over 200 Champions, including SEVEN National Specialty Best of Breed winners and numerous Best in Specialty and Best in Show winners.  We have breeder-owner-handled the #1 Conformation Dog in the Herding Group in Canada in 1995.  We are proud to have produced nine ROM and 23 ROMC titlists.

We are most proud of our accomplishments at the most competitive Sheltie venue in the world, the American Shetland Sheepdog Association (ASSA) National Specialty, where we won twice Best of Breed, twice Best of Opposite Sex, twice Select Dog, twice Best in Futurity, Runner-up to Best in Futurity, twice Best of Winners and fourteen Awards of Merit, with  ten different dogs.

We both have had the privilege of judging several Specialty Sweepstakes in Canada and the US, and Kim is truly honoured to have been the 2010 and 2023 ASSA Futurity judge.


We are a hobby breeder and have been breeding Shelties with the Laureate Prefix since 1989.  Prior to that, Kim had Gordon Setters.  Her first Gordon, Can. Ch. Grianan Keltic Shelagh, had a litter in 1980 and again in 1982.  From the first litter came Kim's first homebred Champion, Can. Ch. Grianan Morgan, co-owned with Margaret Bocking, Shelagh's breeder.  In 1987, both Gordons passed away and we were looking for a dog for our new home.  Kim's family had Shelties as pets since 1971 and Pete was very taken with them, so we went looking for a show prospect. We purchased  Wyndspell Aston Ceilidh from Wanda Holmes in Cardinal Ontario.  Ceilidh was one of the smartest dogs  we’ve ever known and soon obtained her CDX and two Dog World awards. She had a beautiful soft expression, but after a trip to the U.S. National, we decided that she wasn’t what we wanted in a foundation female. 

Kim and "Morgan" 1982


The trip to the National put us in contact with Chris Lynch of Westwind Shelties in California and several months later we were able to purchase a young female, who became the foundation for Laureate Shelties.


"Holly" was 14 inches and had tremendous quality.  After her first litter it was evident that she consistently passed along her good qualities, which is very rare in Shelties.  She is an American Shetland Sheepdog Association Top Producing Dam, and is the only Sheltie female to have both the ROM (Record of Merit) and ROMC (Register of Merit Canadian) titles.  She has produced six American and eleven Canadian Champion, and her full name is American/Canadian Champion Krystalyn Just An Illusion, ROM/ROMC.


Holly’s first litter produced the multiple Specialty Best of Breed winner and multiple Best in Show winner, Am/Can Ch. Laureate Starlight Express along with her Specialty winning sister, Am/Can Ch. Laureate Search Party.  Starlight Express, or “Sparkle” as she was known around the house, was the Top Sheltie in Canada and also the Top conformation dog in the Herding Group in 1995.   She also won Best of Breed at the Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association National Specialty.  Sparkle is the top breeder-owner-handled Sheltie in Canada.


Holly’s aunt was purchased to add to the gene pool, and “Chelsea” or Ch. Cahaba-Krystalyn Dream West, produced our Best in Show winner, Am/Can Ch. Laureate Laredo, ROMC.  “Dallas” was a top producer as well and the sire of multiple Best in Specialty Show Am/Can Ch. Laureate Santana, ROMC.  “Tanner” is the top winning sable merle Sheltie of all time.  Tanner has won three Awards of Merit at the ASSA National and is an ASSA and CSSA National Specialty Best of Breed winner! 


We have bred or owned over 200 Champions since 1989, with seven National Specialty Best of Breed winners, Multiple Best in Specialty winners, Multiple Best in Show winner 94 American Champions, 173 plus Canadian Champions, 3 Japanese Champions, 2 Brazilian Champion, 1 Chilean Champion,  1 Portuguese and many Top Producers.


We breed several well thought out litters each year, and have waiting lists for both show and companion puppies.  Our puppies are home raised and are microchipped and vet checked before leaving. 


Our companion puppies are ready to go around eight or nine weeks of age.  Our show puppies usually stay a while longer.  We carefully screen prospective buyers, as we are looking to place our puppies in the best possible homes, with the understanding that the puppy is a lifetime commitment. 

We guarantee our puppies to be in good health at the time of sale and provide a two-year temperament and genetic health guarantee. 

We are members in good standing of
the following clubs:
Canadian Kennel Club (Life Members)
American Shetland Sheepdog Association
Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association





Pete and Kim, Sauble Beach, Ontario 1985

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