This was once our family room, converted into a full-functioning kennel room! And some people (non-dog-people) think we're crazy? We don't know why?

 

Englewood is an old fishing village, so please do not come here expecting a big fancy new house or sprawling acreage. The homes were very basically built in the 1950's and are nestled near the water on 84x166 lots, if one is lucky. Thankfully, we have a "large" lot. It is our desire to be near the water and close to town (we are a blink of an eye from the quaint downtown Englewood Village shops) and we are practically situated on Lemon Bay itself, about a mile from the Gulf of Mexico.

We are planning a relocation to the country in Brooksville, Florida, but we don't expect that will happen till 2010 in light of the 2006 housing crash, which also greatly impacted prime Florida coastal propeties. We bought the home to convert an old orchid greenhouse into a kennel building. Happier with the dogs living in the house with us, we've not proceeded with our original plans. Although, Ray and I will both admit, with anywhere between 10-12 dogs at any given time, we've considered it!

Our kennel, facilities and methods are always shared and discussed openly. We breed an average of two to three litters per year, so we may not have puppies available at all times, but we are often looking for good homes to share our retired show/breeding animals; usually, they are between two-five years of age.

 

Directions

local:

From the North. Travel U.S. 41 South (towards Venice), merge onto FL-776 (Englewood Road) and travel South about 7 miles (you will cross Manasota Beach Road and Dearborn). The first intersection after Dearborn with a traffic light is Virginia Avenue, turn right. Take Virginia Avenue until it dead ends at S. McCall Road and turn right. We are the second house on your right.

From the South. Travel U.S. 41 North (towards Venice), turn left onto FL-776 (Indiana Avenue) and travel about 10 miles into Englewood. Turn left on Virginia Avenue. Take Virginia Avenue until it dead ends at S. McCall Road and turn right. We are the second house on your right.

 

non-local:

Travel Florida's I-75 and take the River Road Exit 191 and head West, travel about 12 miles (you will cross two main intersections: U.S. 41 and FL-776 (Indiana Avenue). Once you cross Indiana Avenue, River Road changes to Dearborn. Travel to the first stop sign at the intersection of S. McCall and Dearborn and turn left. We are on the left side of the road, located near the Englewood Art Center.

 

By airplane:

Sarasota International Airport is 45 minutes north.

Tampa Bay International Airport is 90 minutes north.

Ft. Myers Southwest Regional International Airport is 90 minutes south.

 

 

A word about hobby breeders:

We are not an online broker, nor a puppy farm, dabble breeder nor are we a fly-by-the-night hobby home that is here today and gone tomorrow. Our kennel, that which is our home, is openly discussed and shared with friendly inquiries that may come a'calling. We welcome all visitors, but because our sheltie breeding program is primarily a hobby, and our dogs live in the home with us (and not in the old orchid greenhouse J), please regard our need for privacy and schedule an appointment prior to visiting with us.

For those inquiring from long distances, or if you are uncomfortable selecting your sheltie puppy over the internet (and we don't blame you) we encourage you to drive or fly here personally, rather than have us send your puppy to your home. If you opt to fly, often times the airlines allow you to carry-on your puppy aboard the plane and ride with you (so long as your sherpa bag can fit underneath the seat). This gives you the opportunity to meet us, visit with our dogs and meet not only the puppy you've selected, but his littermates. It will also make everything seem more real than over the internet. And, you never know, you might change your mind about which puppy is right for you once you get here. Although, we will do our best to match puppies to their homes.

We wish to stress that there are hundreds of scam artists online. We were established in 2000 and are here to stay, but we were once new breeders. We can promise you we have been scammed and unfortunately, more than once. It is our goal to ensure people are dealt with like we were not! Our open door policy, and constant truth (whether that truth be good news or bad) has brought us much success in dogs.

We value good homes as much as our shelties. Our ultimate goal is to ensure a happy, lifelong placement. For homes that cannot afford to travel here, or if time is at a premium, we will do our best to be as thorough and detailed as possible so that you can be confident you're making the right decision. Whether you get a sheltie from us or a fish from the pet store, we wish you much success findng the pet that is right for you!

 

Amatras Shelties

321 S. McCall Road

Englewood, FL 34223

 

Tel. 941.460.8505

Fax. 941.460.8506

 

amatras@msn.com

Call or write to set an appointment


 

Companion and conformation (show) shelties are guaranteed against genetic defects that render them unsuitable as a family companion for one year with a full money-back guarantee.

(Beyond one year of age, a five-year guarantee is extended with offer of a replacement puppy.)

 


Amatras Shetland Sheepdogs work purposefully with Sheltie breeders that perpetuate longevity & health in their lineage.

The family lineages you find throughout this website represent some of the finest lineages that have been offered to us and to the Shetland Sheepdog breed.

Thus, our goal is to perpetuate the quality already established and continually strive for the betterment of the breed.  

Amatras are breeders dedicated to focusing on longevity, health, temperament, structure, brains and beauty. Dogs are added to the program with these qualities only and bred only to improve each trait through each successive generation.

 

© Amatras Shetland Sheepdogs

Englewood, Florida

Established 2000.