At Maplecove, we typically only have one or two litters a year. That way we can thoroughly research the breeding, and devote as much time as possible to each individual puppy. All of our puppies are born and raised in our home with someone here all day. They are vet checked, wormed, and up-to-date on all shots prior to leaving.
Starting at an early age, we expose each puppy to different surfaces, play equipment, noises, people and our cat. This is very important in order for them to gain confidence and helps create a wonderful well rounded personality. Temperaments are very important to us, and we will not keep or breed dogs that are unstable or questionable. We follow the Puppy Culture guidelines for creating healthier, more outgoing dogs and have been thrilled with the results.
We believe in breeding responsibly, which means testing the parents of each litter and making sure they are negative or normal for each health condition:
HIPS: X-rays are performed and evaluated by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals to make sure there are no abnormalities or hip dysplasia present.
EYES: Eyes are examined and certified normal by an ophthalmologist through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or the Canine Eye Registry Foundation.
VwD: An inherited disorder where the blood cannot clot, causing abnormal and severe bleeding. Specific to a few breeds, including Shelties.
Thyroid: Shelties in particular can have abnormally functioning thyroids which (thankfully) can be easily treated. However, please note that a "normal" test result at your regular vet may not be considered "normal" for a Sheltie. We send all our thyroid tests into Michigan State University for a full panel to make sure their numbers are accurately normal for the breed.
MDR1: This is a disorder in which herding breeds have an adverse reaction to a myriad of drugs. Talk with your vet regarding this, as some are very common including Ivermectin which is found in heartworm medication. We make sure our dogs are Normal/Normal.
We carefully screen potential buyers and do not do first come first serve in order to ensure each puppy fits perfectly into their new family. We provide lifetime breeder support and encourage all of our puppy buyers to stay in touch - we love to hear how our dogs are doing! All companion puppies are sold on spay/neuter contracts and we reserve the right to refuse a sale. We do not ship our puppies and insist on meeting all potential puppy buyers in person.
Occasionally we may have young adults who did not turn out for the show ring, or retired show dogs that would make excellent family companions.
Inquiries are always welcome, and we ask that you please fill out our application:
If you have additional questions, please contact us.