Tess x Henry

Published date: July 24, 2020
Modified date: July 24, 2020
  • Location: Upstate, New York, United States

Puppies are coming!

Danta Bolin’s dogs, Tessie and Henry, are expecting a litter of pups about August 19, 2020. Henry is my Gracie’s son and the son of Caroline Betts Yukon. Tessie is also a Yukon granddaughter. The litter should be a mix of clear sable, black tri-color and black and white. Tessie and Henry live on her New York farm, that has a a small variety of livestock. Tessie and Henry are dual registered with the English Shepherd Club and United Kennel Club registries. They both have UKC Purple Ribbon status.

Danta provided this description of Tessie, a black and white English Shepherd: Tessie is great with goats and poultry and can work with calm dairy cattle. A video of Tessie with the family cow can be provided, upon request. Tess keeps the goats in the electric fence, and she rounds up the naughty and adventuresome bucklings who duck under the fence. The goats soon learned to stay put to avoid black and white discipline. She never hurt one and has an exceptionally soft mouth, though she will grip. She does not go low enough though when gripping, and tends to grip hocks instead of heels (another reason not the best for beef cattle). She does not grip poultry of course, but enjoys keeping them out of the garden and barn. she does not chase them or worry stock of any kind and can be left alone outside even if no one is home. She will not even go up in the fields or pastures without permission. she understands and respects boundaries. She is calm and quiet and stays at home, never roaming. Tess lies quietly on the barn floor when I milk. She stays off the furniture and the cow hide rug. We only had to show her once that the cowhide was off limits even though it is on the floor.

Henry, a clear sable English Shepherd, has not had an opportunity to work stock on Danta’s farm because he lives with and takes care of my 80 year old mother next door. According to Danta, he is super smart and biddable. He previously lived on a Michigan farm and was described by the owner as a guardian and protector. Here is the first owners description: “Henry helped take care of the baby animals, got along with the cats and chickens. He helped with chores which included moving the sheep and goats to pasture. He was more of a driving herder, kept strays in line, and whose presence was enough to move the stock. He kept vermin out of the yard. He had a gentle temperament, loved people and grew up with the owners grandson.” This owner asked the breeder to re-home him, because she no longer wanted to keep two intact male dogs. She had no issues with Henry and kept one of his female pups. Henry is very athletic, and his mother, Gracie, is a UKC Agility Champion. An older, full sister is a UKC Agility Grand Champion. His father, Yukon, is an AHBA herding champion and assists with daily livestock chores on Caroline Betts farm. Henry loves the water and is fond of playing frisbee/ball. Like Tessie, Henry stays at home and does not roam.

Both dogs love people. Danta describes them with the following: I have a 4H club and both dogs are good with children. Henry is protective of mom, but only toward strangers or people he hasn't been told are okay. But once he's been told someone is okay, that person can come and go at will. My mother has a sewing club that meets in her garage, so people come and go even when she is not home and Henry is okay with that as he knows who all those people are. He would probably not let a stranger in unless someone he knew said it was okay. Neither dog has the standoffishness that is sometimes seen in the breed, so these pups should be good for even an urban or suburban home. They are not the gritty rough stock dogs that are very bossy--which is why the pups are not likely to be great with beef cow/calf pairs, though Tess manages the steers okay.

Please contact me, through PM for health test information and inquiries. There are links to the pedigrees below. Danta feels that for those that know English Shepherds, this should be fairly predictable breeding, since both have Caroline Betts' Yukon Gold in their pedigrees (His sire, her grand sire). Henry was bred by me,


Litter's birth date: August 19, 2020
Litter's dam: Tess
Litter's dam's pedigree link: View
Litter's sire: Henry
Litter's sire's pedigree link: View
Parent(s) hunt varmints:
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The English Shepherd, a breed of herding dog native to the United States, is so named because it descended directly from Collie-type dogs brought from the United Kingdom. The English Shepherd is considered one of the most versatile of all herding dogs and is not only capable of working with any species of livestock, but also of hunting, tracking, search-and-rescue, agility, competitive obedience, companionship, and personal protection/guard dog duty.

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