Shetland Sheepdogs

Hello My name is Sylvia Purchase. I bought my first sheltie puppy soon after my Wedding in 1974, I took her to obedience classes and was soon going to competitions all over the place when I mated her I had two super dogs, Saida worked the classes for obedience and he helped me when I was teaching local classes of owners how to control there dogs.

The other dog Misty “Puncknowle of Dark Night”, I started taking to open shows and got hooked on travelling all over the country with him. He was the first dog I ever qualified for Crufts.

When I became ill and was diagnosed with MS in 1997 all showing stopped for some time because I was unable to travel anywhere.

In 2004 I knew I was missing having a sheltie of good quality to campaign with at very local shows when I was able. Through my friendship with Maureen Smith I met Sheila Martin, she had a bitch 'Shellthorn Oh La La' who started my line again and when I can't get to shows I can still mate and improve the line as I go along.


Introducing my new Show Girl =  Shellthorn Star Force at Punknowle  at eight months. She is has now started her show career and is off to a flying start. Her first show was Bath Championship show with a win of third in minor puppy, which qualified her for Crufts.. Then at New forest and Christchurch Open show she was gained a third and forth in minor puppy and puppy. At Dorset County Open show she was second in puppy. At Totnes Open show she was first in Graduate, there being no puppy classes and gained Best Sheltie Puppy and won Group One in the Puppy Pastoral Group. At Paignton Championship show she was second in puppy. A great start for a pup who can only be lightly shown when I am able to show her due to my illness. Indi is a pleasure to show and own and  is a welcome addition to my Puncknowle girls..


Who we are

My Husband Colin and I live in a small village 15 miles from Weymouth in Dorset. We do not sell our puppies, as show dogs, only as good quality dogs which meets the breed standard, but we hope at sometime may become show dogs in the future. To us the most important thing is the quality of the new home in which we place our dogs. Also I am a member of the Kennel Clubs Accredited Breeder Scheme.

To us the most important thing is the quality of the new home in which we place our dogs.


Sylvia Purchase
The School House, Swyre, Dorchester, Dorset
Tel:01308 897567
Email: puncknowle.shelties@sky.com