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Welcome to Wildwest Shelties

Wildwest Shelties is a very small kennel in Arizona.  Well, "kennel" might be stretching it.  The dogs here are part of my family.  My dogs live with me -- they spend time in the house with me, lounging on the couch or hanging out in the kitchen while I am cooking in hopes that I will drop something.

My goal in Shelties is to (1) Enjoy them! (2) be a part of preserving this wonderful breed by working to produce Shelties that are healthy, smart, loving and fun; and (3) enjoy them some more!



I love Shelties and I'm happy to hear from folks who love Shelties.  If you have a Sheltie and need some help with something, I'll try to help.  If you are looking for a Sheltie and I don't have one that suits your fancy, I'd be happy to refer to someone else that might.  I'm not here just to make a sale, I'm here to help you with your Shelties whether or not you own or are buying a Wildwest Sheltie.  Why?  Because I'm kinda crazy about Shelties.  I hope you are too!


Laura R. Willson, Wildwest Shelties, is the breeder of:

  • AKC Grand Champion & Canadian Champion Wildwest Bandito Incognito RA CD PT.  Breeder/owner-handled to AKC Champion and PT.  Grand Champion, RA & CD by owner Bethanie O'Brien.
  • AKC & Canadian Champion Wildwest Don Juan de Salsa.  All points from the bred-by exhibitor class, including two specialty majors
  • Champion Wildwest Nouveau Flamenco (4 grand champion majors).  Breeder/owner-handled.
  • AKC Grand Champion & Canadian Champion Shelgrande Livin' La Vida Loca.  Co-bred with Rex & Corinne Rainsforth.  All but two AKC Champion points were achieved with Laura R Willson handling, including a specialty win.  Handled to final grand champion points by Laura R. Willson.
  • Canadian Champion Wildwest Besos de Shelgrande, AKC ptd.  Co-bred with Rex & Corinne Rainsforth.
  • Wildwest Freedom Trail, AKC pts.  Shown from the bred-by class.
  • Wildwest Smooth Jazz, AKC pts, including a Best of Breed.
  • MACH Giddyup Cowgirl MXB MJG MXP MJP MXF. Loved and trained by Debbie Ediger.
  • Lacewood Yvoire OAJ NAJ, AKC points.  Co-bred with Tricia Harris.  Loved and trained by the deKeiffers of Halcyon Shelties.
  • Wildwest Little Ruffian NAP NJP.  Loved and trained by Debbie Ediger 

Here are some of the other Shelties I have owned and loved

  • Can Ch Shelgrande's Chiquita Bandita ROMC, 4 AKC Champions, both AKC majors.  This little girl was such a charmer, a great producer, and a great ambassador for the breed.  If I had managed her show career she would've finished her AKC Championship.
  • Can Ch Sunnyvale Diamonds in the Sky, AKC points.  Ariel taught me what a clean head is.  Lovely, sweet girl. Ariel was bred by Beki Vale & Francois Blachere.
  • Can Ch Wildwest Ole de Shelgrande, AKC points.  Ole knew how to get around the ring.  The girl could move!  Bred by Beki Vale and Rex & Corinne Rainsforth.
  • There are many more, now retired into wonderful companion homes. Many thanks to their new owners.

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Phone:  928.899.2059



June 29, 2014:  We took a peek at hips on Wildwest Freedom Trail aka "Boston", Wildwest Sentinel aka "Dover" and Apple Acres Animation -- everybody looks at least good.  Boston and Dover's xrays are going to OFA since they are (well over) one year old.  You will be able to find their result on the OFA site in a few weeks.  Ariel is not old enough to be published so she just had a vet prelim -- and a very good one at that!

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