The Irish Shepherd at a glance...
Irish Shepherds are a lovely mix of two amazing lineages. The term, "designer" dog is utilized by many to make a quick dollar, because it sounds fancy... but for all intents and purposes, a breed crafted by selectively breeding two other, established breeds could be considered as such.
Rearing the Australian Shepherd alongside the Kerry Blue Terrier has given us ample love for each breed... and while there are plenty of cosmetic differences between the two breeds, we were struck by their similarities. The Irish Shepherd should be a clear balance between the Aussie and the Kerry.
Both breeds are working dogs - designed to be hardy, athletic animals with keen intuition and a ready-willingness to serve their masters. Both breeds are readily adaptive to a wide variety of circumstances - and are able to compete in a wide range of venues, from herding to agility to home guardians... always with companionship at the forefront.
A moderately sized dog with lovely, ground covering gait and joyful presence. Pleasant with people, yet strongly bonded with its own family.
For reference, I will provide a link to both our Aussie side as well as our Kerry Blue side - because to know the Irish Shepherd, it is important to understand their origin. First, we will start with the AUSSIE BASICS, covering pretty much everything you could hope to know about the Aussie.
Next, you will enjoy meeting the Kerry Blue... A very rare breed, originating from Ireland. Moderately-sized, athletic, non-shedding and considered to be a hypoallergenic breed, Kerries have darling, personable temperaments. Our KERRY BASICS will give you a better understanding of this lovely breed!
Perhaps even more important... A quick review of our NATURAL CANINE section will give you a solid foundation regarding the holistic care we provide our animals here and is vital to understanding our breeding and "natural-rearing" philosophy.
An eye for solid structure and confirmed with genetic testing, our pups are not only beautiful but will be free from common genetic conditions afflicting dogs from unproven or untested lines.