Breeder Referral

As a service to people who are interested in obtaining a sheltie, we offer breeder referrals. However, under no circumstances does the Shetland Sheepdog Club of GA, Inc. or its members guarantee or warrant their services or the quality or health of the puppies/dogs which may be obtained from breeders who have been referred.
Our breeder referral members can help you find a breeder in Georgia or the surrounding states. Please keep in mind we are only aware of breeders that are active in AKC conformation, or within AKC Shetland Sheepdog clubs including our national breed club, the American Shetland Sheepdog Association.
A majority of these breeders are small scale breeders who do not maintain websites or advertise puppies for sale. A majority of google or generic search engine responses to "sheltie puppies for sale" can result in fraudulent scams where no puppy exists or breeders who do not breed to the American Kennel Club (AKC) quality or standard. By offering our breeder referral we hope to help those looking for a sheltie to avoid such scams and end up with a well-bred Shetland Sheepdog.
Although not required, we encourage you to attend one of our clubs' meetings to get to know some of the members and breeders if possible. If you find a specific breeder whose shelties you really enjoy you may want to get on a wait list with that breeder for one of their puppies.

Please use the following questions as a guide for emailing our breeder referral members. These questions can help us match you with a potential breeder. Feel free to elaborate as it will best help us be able to guide you to finding your new sheltie. Please include any other questions you may have when emailing Breeder Referral at
  • Why are you interested in getting a sheltie?
  • Have you had a sheltie or other dogs before?
  • If you have had a sheltie(s) before, where or who did you get them from?
  • Have you raised a puppy before (any breed) or will this be your first?
  • Are you interested in a specific color or sex?
  • Are you looking for a specific size of sheltie?( Sheltie sizes can vary greatly in the same litter, tiny ones to larger ones).
  • Are you interested in getting an older puppy or adult? (There can be many perks to getting an older puppy or adult such as being crate trained, potty trained, leash trained and having a lower energy.
  • Where are you located (city and state) and how far are you willing to travel to get a sheltie (just local within Georgia or willing to travel to surrounding states if needed)?
  • Are you interested in doing any specific performance dog sports or training with your sheltie or are you just looking for a companion?
  • What are your day to day activities like? Do you have children or other pets? Do you do a lot of traveling or exercise or do you stay at home mostly? Do you have a fenced in yard or are you planning on leash walking?
  • What is your timeline for getting a sheltie? (As soon as possible or willing to wait for the right puppy).
  • Do you have a specific temperament or energy level in mind for your sheltie?
  • How did you hear about our club?

Breeder Referral Contact: Nancy Ager and/or Tabby Phillips
Click here to email Nancy and Tabby (
Text/Phone: Nancy (404) 233-4324

Sheltie Rescue

Sheltie rescue organizations take in abandoned, lost, and unwanted shelties and attempts to find them new, loving homes. All rescue dogs are vet-checked, vaccinated, and spayed or neutered. Many are fostered in temporary homes, so each dog can be evaluated and the most appropriate permanent placement made. The goal is to find the right home for each dog regardless of the time it takes. A nominal adoption fee is charged for each dog.

Please note that under no circumstance does the Shetland Sheepdog Club of GA, Inc. or its members guarantee or warrant the quality, health, or temperament of the dogs placed by rescue groups.

There is one sheltie rescue organization in Georgia: Sheltie Rescue of GA, Inc.

So you think you want a Sheltie...

This video from the AKC gives you some basic information about the Shetland Sheepdog.
Meet the Sheltie

Sheltie Colors

Shelties come in a variety of colors, here's some informational links.

Sheltie Color
Sheltie Color Genetics
Sheltie Color

Information on Choosing a Puppy

The American Kennel Club is an excellent resource for people who are looking for a new dog or puppy. If you are thinking about buying a puppy, but haven't yet determined whether a sheltie is the right breed for you, click here.

Owning a dog is a long term commitment and involves many important responsibilities. You should take the time to find a responsible breeder who can provide you with a puppy who is healthy and has an appropriate temperament and personality for you and your family. Click here for some questions to think about and to ask your breeder.

A responsible breeder should be as interested in you as you are in them and will most likely have many questions for you to help determine the right puppy or dog for you. You should also be an informed buyer, and the American Shetland Sheepdog Association's Guidelines for Ethical Behavior are a valuable resource to help you identify responsible breeders and set reasonable expectations for the sales agreement and ongoing care of your Sheltie. For information regarding health concerns in Shelties, click here.