About Us

We are a small kennel situated in Wiltshire, UK and our Shelties are all house pets.

Denise & Stuart Gruszka have owned Shelties for 35 years. We have been actively exhibiting our dogs since 1990 and have been breeding since 1996. Both of us judge Shelties. Stuart awards CCs in the Breed and is on the committee of the English Shetland Sheepdog Club, having been Secretary from 2008 to 2012.

Our affix, SAMPHREY, comes from the name of a small island in the Shetlands.
 

Samphrey - photo: Jean Tuck (Craygill Shelties)

We strive to achieve true Sheltie type in all three colours and, above all, excellent temperaments.

Almost all of our show dogs have qualified for Crufts on at least one occasion as well as winning numerous Firsts, Best Puppy, Best of Breed and Group awards. We have won 8 KC Std Book numbers, all but one being home bred.
 

from Left to Right:      Scott              Fleur                   Pebbles                    Erin                                  Ella


Our Shelties are tested for CEA at 6 weeks. Scott sired 11 litters and all his puppies were CEA Clear. His son, George, is confidently offered at stud. Ella & George have been hip scored and their results can be found on their web pages. A number of our dogs have been DNA screened for MDR1 and their results can be found on their web pages.

As well as our success in the show ring, a number of Samphrey Shelties have had success in agility and obedience as a result of the skill and dedication of their owners and handlers.

Katy & Ella are registered PAT (Pets As Therapy) Dogs. Samphrey Maid At School (Jett), who lived in Colorado, USA was a trained Autistic Service Dog. Ella & Erin have both passed their KC Good Citizen Bronze Award.

Website & Photos Stuart Gruszka, 2010-2015