Amber Hill Shelties is located in Coventry, Rhode Island. We are a small hobby breeder consisting of a husband and wife team that are passionate about Shetland Sheepdogs. We are members of the Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club and currently serve on the Board of Directors. We both participate in the grooming, training and handling of our show dogs. We consider all of our dogs to be a part of the family and treat them like pampered pets. When our dogs are not in the show ring they can be found playing with our kids, out on a hike, or just relaxing with us in the family room .

We typically produce only one litter a year. Each litter is carefully planned and thought out. Our goal is to breed a balanced Sheltie with a good temperament and structure true to the standard. If you are interested in an Amber Hill puppy, please contact us for more information.


01/10/16 - Amber Hill Ocean Jewel won her first BOB on day two of the Merrimack Valley KC show under Judge Merle Taylor

01/9/16 - Amber Hill Ocean Jewel got back to showing after taking the fall off to put on a new coat. She went Reserve Bitch from an entry of eight under Judge George Marquis at the Merrimack Valley KC.


2015 Retrospective

The first half of 2015 was exceptional for us at Amber Hill. We put five majors on our dogs, finished two champions and Pearl reached her Bronze Level Grand Champion with 100 GCh points, all breeder owner handled. Our Frat Boy/Pearl litter mates were the highlight of the year for us sweeping several shows by winning both WD and WB, combining for 4 majors and 3 Specialty Major Reserves. 'Amber Hill Surfer Boy' became our third generation Champion. We went to our first National Dog show in Virginia and had a great time hanging out with friends, meeting new people and learning more about Shelties. The second half the year we took a break from showing to do some breeding and let our dogs recoat. We are looking forward to 2016 with several hopefuls maturing.

See 'Boys Tab' for information on our newest AKC Champion 'Ch Amber Hill Surfer Boy'

* Congratulations to NEW AKC Champion Amber Hill Surfer Boy *

 New AKC CH Amber Surfer Boy 'Carlito' finished his Championship at 16 months by winning the last 4 shows he was entered in for a combined 11 points. Carlito finished with 3 majors and a Specialty Major reserve. This handsome young man is still maturing and has yet to reach his full potential. Amber Hill Surfer Boy is a son of  MBISS GCh. Amber Hill Oceans Pearl and sired by MBIS/MBISS GCh AM/Can Ch. Grandgables The Frat Boy 'Brother'. All Surfer Boy's points were breeder/owner handled.

8/16/15 - Amber Hill Surfer Boy 'Carlito' and His Sister Amber Hill Ocean Jewel went WD and WB  at consecutive shows to win another 2 points each at the Wachusett Kennel Club show under Judge Michael Faulkner. This was the third time they combined to win both Winners Dog and Winner Bitch at the same show.

07/26/15 - Amber Hill Surfer Boy 'Carlito' and His Sister Amber Hill Ocean Jewel  followed up on day two of the Providence County Kennel Club topping the previous day by both winning Majors. Carlito won his 3rd Major and  Jewel won her 1st major by going BOW over her  brother under Judge Mr. Wayne Gurin.  These two young littermates by MBISS GCh Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl and MBIS/BISS GCh Grandgables the Frat Boy have been a lot of fun for us to show. 

07/25/15 - Amber Hill Surfer Boy 'Carlito' wins his 2nd Major for 4  points. The puppies had a great day at the Providence County Kennel Club under Judge Mr. Steven D. Gladstone. His sister Amber Hill Ocean Jewel was the Reserve Bitch

7/18/15 - MBISS GCh Amber Hill Oceans Pearl passes 100 Grand Champion points to achieve her Bronze Level Grand Champion Award.

7/18/15 -  Amber Hill Surfer Boy 'Carlito' is awarded WD at the Putnam Kennel Club Show in NY under Judge Mr. James Moses.

05/29/15 - Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialty Morning Show: Judge Yvonne Defreitas awarded 14 month old Amber Hill Ocean Jewel  a Major Specialty Reserve and her mother 'Pearl' was awarded a Major Select.

5/29/15 - Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialty Afternoon Show: Amber Hill Ocean Jewel was awarded a Major Specialty Reserve by Judge Victoria Piccarillo. It was a great day for Jewel who was pulled from a large number of quality entries by two different respected Sheltie Judges. This honor helps confirm all that we love about her and her bright future in confirmation showing.

* Congratulations to NEW AKC Champion Amber Hill Seastar *

05/16/15 - CH Amber Hill Seastar finished her Championship by winning her second major under Judge Dr. Eric Liebes at the Vacationland Dog Show in Maine. She was picked as the Winners Bitch from an outstanding class of entries that included other Specialty Show winners. Star was owner/breeder handled to all her points.  Star is the second Champion produced by Jade Mist Amber Hill Seabreeze  'Chowder '. Thank you Carol Howell at Jade Mist for Momma Chowder.

Amber Hill Surfer Boy Wins a Major

5/16/15 - 13 Month old Amber Hill Surfer Boy wins a 3 Point Major under Dr. Eric Liebes at the Vacationland Dog Show in Maine. It was an extra special day at Amber Hill to have dogs we bred and handled take both Winners Dog and Winners Bitch for 2 majors at the same show. Judge Dr. Eric Liebes was surprised to find out that we were together and both his winners were from the same kennel because we each handled a different dog. He commented during the pictures that at least he was consistent in what he likes.

04/25/15 - We spent the week at the ASSA National in Fredericksburg VA and had a great time visiting with all our show friends and meeting some new ones that share our same passion for the Shetland Sheepdog. Three dogs that we bred made cuts in their classes. Our Grand Champion Amber Hill Oceans Pearl made two cuts and was one of the final 25 champions left from a BOB listed entry of 186. We received nice compliments on our dogs from several sheltie Breeder/Judges in attendance. The best part of the event was the opportunity to see and go over several potential studs we hope to use in the future at Amber Hill.

04/12/15 - We had a good weekend at the Rhode Island Kennel Club Shows. On Saturday, Amber Hill Surfer Boy won WD/BOW and his sister Amber Hill Oceans Jewel won WB, each for a point. On Sunday they each won reserve. Their mother Amber Hill Oceans Pearl won BOS on both days.

04/04/15 -  At the Tri-State Specialty Shows,  Amber Hill Surfer Boy won a Major Specialty Reserve under Sheltie Breeder/Judge Robin McTaggat. His mother, Amber Hill Oceans Pearl, won major selects in both the morning and afternoon shows. Star, Jewel and Carlito were one of a few dogs pulled out for run offs for Winners but came up short.

02/7/15 - Pearl picks up another Grand Champion point and wins an Owner Handled Group 1 over a large class of herding dogs at the First Company Governor's Foot Guard Athletic Association show.

02/01/2015 - Our 10 month old puppy bitch, Amber Hill Ocean's Jewel,  competed Saturday at Great Barrington Kennel Club show and was awarded Reserve Winners Bitch. Her mother Pearl competed on Saturday and Sunday and picked up 3 GCh points by going BOB and Select. This was the 20th BOB for Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl.

01/17/2015 - 9 month old 'Amber Hill Surfer Boy' takes Winners Dog for his 2nd  point at the Greater Lowell Kennel Club dog show.

01/03/15 and  01/04/15- We joined the show circuit again after taking a break for the holidays. Amber Hill Oceans Pearl wins her 10th and 11th Grand Champion majors going BOS on Saturday and BOB on Sunday for a total of 7 Grand Champion points at the Merrimack Valley KC shows in Springfield MA.

11/23/2014 -  Amber Hill Kennel had one of its best days ever at the 2014 CSSC Specialty Show:

MBISS GCh Amber Hill Oceans Pearl - Best in Specialty Show (5 GCh Points, 4th BISS)

Amber Hill Sea Star - Winners Bitch (4 Point Major)

Amber Hill Sea Glass, 'Jade' - Reserve Winners Bitch

'Amber Hill Surfer Boy' - Sweeps BOS

Amber Hill Surfer Boy was chosen for BOS in Sweeps by Ms. Diane Gregoire. Star and Jade had an outstanding day competing with an entry of 17 Bitches under Sheltie Judge Mr. George M. Vukich. They were both pulled from the Winners Bitch Class for a runoff with Star edging out Jade for the major. Immediately following, Pearl entered the ring for the BOB competition and won Best In Specialty Show (5 GCh points) from a total entry of 38 including 9 specials. This was Pearls 4th BISS. Stars win was a surprise because she had shed most of her coat leading up to the show and we almost didn't enter her. Thank you Judge Vukich for looking past the shedding coat to judge the complete dog.

11/21/2014 - 'Amber Hill Sea Glass' is awarded a Major Reserve for Winners Bitch from an entry of 16  by Judge Neena Van Camp. Her Mother 'Amber Hill Oceans Pearl' was chosen for BOB from a total entry of 34 including 7 specials. This was a 5 point GCh Major for Pearl. She also got an owner handled Group 4.

11/21/2014 - 'Amber Hill Oceans Pearl' is awarded a 4 point GCh Select by Judge John Walsh from Ireland.

11/20/2014 - 'Amber Hill Surfer Boy' wins his first point under Sheltie Breeder Judge Mrs. Nioma Coen at the first day of the Thanksgiving Cluster in West Springfield MA.

11/02/2014 - Our 'Pearl/Brother' puppies had a big day at the  CSSC Sweeps and Match from the 6-9 month class. 'Amber Hill Surfer Boy' was awarded Best in Sweeps and Best in Match. His sister, 'Amber Hill Ocean's Jewel', was awarded Runner Up in Sweeps and Best of Opposite in the Match. Thank you Judges Susan Morris and Janet Whalen.

10/26/14 - At the Riverhead KC Show, under Ann Yuhasz, Jade  'Amber Hill Sea Glass', was awarded WB and BOW for another point. Her mother, Pearl was BOB for 2 more Grand Champion points.

10/5/14 - One of our new hopefuls, 'Amber Hill Surfer Boy', won Sweeps at the Interstate Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialty in Macungie PA under sheltie breeder Ellen Russell. This was a very exciting win for us because of the large quality entry and top handlers he was competing with.

9/21/2014 - Pearls puppies did really well at the Western Massachusetts Shetland Sheepdog Specialty Sweeps and Match. 'Amber Hill Surfer Boy' won the Best in Sweeps under Mrs. Charlotte Mierzwa. His sister, 'Amber Hill Ocean's Jewel', won Best in Match under judge Elizabeth Hildreth. Surfer Boy was  Best of Opposite in the match to his sister. Both puppies showed very well for their young age and went home with some nice prizes including new beds.


9/14/2014 - The girls had the same result on Sunday with Jade winning another point for WB and Pearl winning BOB and Owner Handled Group 2. Nice weekend on the cape. I got to do some fishing between the shows and some of our family stopped by to cheer the dogs on.

9/13/2014 -  Jade 'Amber Hill Sea Glass' won a point going  WB  in Cape Cod. Her Mother, 'Amber Hill Oceans Pearl' was entered in her first show of the year after taking time off to whelp a litter. Pearl was BOB and won an Owner Handled Group 2.

8/29/2014 -  Amber Hill Sea Star gets a Major Specialty Reserve in Maine under Breeder Judge Charlotte McGowen.

8/24/2014 - Jade 'Amber Hill Sea Glass' won a point going  WB  in West Springfield under Judge Mrs. Amy Gau.

8/17/2014 - We took the puppies to the Wachusett Kennel Club Puppy Competition. Amber Hill Surfer Boy beat his sister for BOB Puppy and went on to win a Puppy Herding Group 2.

6/28/2014 - Two of Pearls puppies that we are growing out went to the Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog match for some fun and practice. Amber Hill  Surfer Boy (Carlito) won both Best in Sweeps and Best in Match. His sister, Amber Hill Oceans 'Jewel', was Best of opposite in both the Sweeps and Match. It was a great day for a picnic and get together with Sheltie enthusiasts.

3/25/14 - MBISS GCh Amber Hill Ocean's 'Pearl' gives birth to 3 Boys and a girl.

3/15/14 - Amber Hill Sea Star wins the Bred by class's in both the morning and afternoon Baltimore Specialty shows. Jade was 2nd out of 6 from the 12-16 month class at both shows. It was a good day socializing with all the breeders and the girls received a lot of nice compliments from competitors and judges.

2/24/14 - MBISS GCh Amber Hill Ocean's 'Pearl' had an ultrasound today that confirmed her pregnancy. If all goes well she is scheduled to give birth March 25th. Pearl was Bred to Multiple BIS/BISS GCh Grandgables The Frat Boy, 'Brother'. Brother is currently the #1 winning sheltie and recently won the Breed at Westminster. We are very excited and looking forward to the litter from these two beautiful dogs. Thank you to Brothers owner Pamela Buckles and Handler Sarah Krickeberg for working with us to make the breeding possible.

2/23/14 - We attended the CSSC meeting which was followed by a hands on seminar for structure put on by  Breeder Judges Kim and Carolyn from Foxglove Shelties. It was very informative and we left with a better understanding of structure and how it relates to movement.

02/16/14 -  Jade 'Amber Hill Sea Glass' was WB and BOS at the First Company Governor's Foot Guard Athletic Association show in Hartford Ct under Judge Dr. Tom Davies.

01/05/14 - Amber Hill Shelties kicked off the new year with hopeful Jade 'Amber Hill Sea Glass' winning her first point from the 9-12 mo puppy class under Judge Mr. Robert Vandiver at the Merrimack Valley KC show in West Springfield. She has had a nice start taking 2 reserves and WB in her first three shows. Even though this young girl can be a challenge to handle due to her playfulness, her sweetheart personality makes her a lot of fun.  Pearl also picked up two more GCh  points at the shows.

11/30/13 - Pearl and Jade repeated their previous days performance in the CSSC supported entry at Worcester MA by winning BOB (Pearl) and Reserve WB (Jade) under Sheltie Judge Linda More. Jade was a handful to show with her inexperience and puppy attitude at full force. At the end of the down and back she jumped on the judge to give her a lick.

11/29/13 - Pearl wins her third BISS!!!!  At Colonial Shetland Sheepdog Club Winter Specialty,  MBISS GCh Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl went Best In Specialty Show under Sheltie Breed Judge Charlotte McGowan for 3 more points.

In her debut show, Jade 'Amber Hill Sea Glass' (MBISS Ch Ilimist As You Like It ROM x MBISS GCh Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl) was awarded the Reserve Winners Bitch from the 6-9 month puppy class at CSSC Specialty.

11/23/13 - Pearl gets a 2 point Select over two other champions under Judge Cathy Daugherty

10/27/13 -  MBISS GCh Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl finished off her big weekend by repeating BOB  over specials under Judge Thomas Coen for 2 more points. She was included in the group cut but did not place. She has won BOB in her last 4 shows.

* Congratulations to NEW AKC Grand Champion Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl *

Pearl finished her Grand Champion title by being pointed in 12 of 15 shows for 28 Gch points, including 5 majors and 2 BISS.  She managed to accomplish this 11 months after her Champion title which is a relatively short time considering she took off 7 of those months to whelp a litter.  All 'Pearls' points have been breeder owner handled.

10/26/13 -  MBISS Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl won BOB over 3 Specials to complete her Grand Championship under Judge Ms. Louise Palarik in the Queensboro Kennel Club show at West Springfield Ma. 'Pearl' topped off her day by winning a Group 3 Placement.

10/20/13 - The girls had a second good day in Springfield at the Troy Kennel Club Show under Judge Dana Cline. Amber Hill Sea Star won WB and a BBE Group 3 bringing her to the maximum number of 9 minor points. She will be looking for majors going forward. MBISS Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl repeated Saturdays performance by winning BOB.

10/19/13 - Pearl and Star competed in the Albany Kennel Club show at West Springfield Ma. and both had a good day going against a small but competitive Sheltie entry that included specialty winners. Amber Hill Sea Star won WB and BOW for 1 point and  Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl won BOB for another grand Champion point under Judge Mrs. Thora Brown.

10/06/13 - We took our puppies to an all breed match put on by St Hubert Kennel Club in North Stonington Ct. We also brought along Star for some show practice.  Everyone had a good time and Amber Hill Sea Star surprised us by Winning both 'Best Adult in Match' and 'Best Overall' when she went up against the winning puppy. She won some nice dog toys that the puppies stole from her.

9/01/13 - Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl returned to the ring this weekend for the first time in 6 months since her litter. Her coat has been growing back in nice and we felt she finally looked good enough to take out to a show. Pearl won two more Grand Champion majors with a Select and a BOB (BISS) at the Downeast Shetland Sheepdog Club Specialties bringing her closer to her Grand Champion Title.

7/28/13 - Amber Hill Sea Star showed well for Ann at Providence County Kennel Club taking WB, and BOS for 1 point under judge Mrs. Peggy Beisel-McIlwaine. Star has had a good year at the local RI shows winning a point in 4 of the 6 shows she entered. Roy Showed 'Blu Vu Aurora Borealis' for our friend Karen Manchester (Blu Vu Shelties) and took reserve.

    7/19/13 - Amber Hill Sea Star takes Reserve Bitch in Stormville NY under Judge Janina Laurin. The dog show was a side trip this weekend as the main purpose of our NY visit  was to celebrated Ann's mothers birthday. Happy 87th Birthday to Dorothy Ellsworth.

    6/29/13 - Amber Hill Sea Star takes Reserve Bitch under breeder Judge Thomas Coen at Hockamock Kennel Club.

05/31/13 - We had a good turnout for the CSSC Spring Specialty this year. Thank you to everyone who helped out and to the breeders and handlers who competed. Special thanks to Linda Churchill who made the trip from the west coast to judge for our club.  Amber Hill Sea Star won the Bred By Class.

5/17/13 - Jade Mist Amber Hill Seabreeze 'Chowder' once again comes close to a major when she took Reserve from an entry of 23 bitches at the York County Kennel Club in Maine under judge Mr. Allan Brown.

4/28/13 - Amber Hill Sea Star had a second good day at the South County Kennel Club show taking WB, BOW and BOS under judge Dr. Thomas Davies from Bred By class. Her mother 'Chowder' was the Reserve Bitch.

4/27/13 - Amber Hill Sea Star wins BOB at the South County Kennel Club show in Richmond RI under judge Mrs. Monica Canestrini from the Bred By class.

04/13/13 - 'Star' edges out her mother 'Chowder' at the Rhode Island Kennel Club show for WB and 1 point under Judge William Usherwood. Chowder was the Reserve Bitch.

04/05/13 - We had a nice day at the Tri-State Specialty Show and enjoyed the company of our breeder friends. Our girls held their own placing 2nd in their classes in the morning show and winning their classes in the afternoon. Amber Hill Sea Star won the Bred By Class and Jade Mist Amber Hill Seabreeze 'Chowder' the Open Sable Class under judge Dianne Hawes.

02/10/13 - At day two of the great Barrington Kennel Club Show in Springfield Ma, Amber Hill Sea Star was given BOW for 2 points and Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl  was awarded a 2 point BOS by Breeder Judge Tom Coen (see Photo). This was a great weekend for our 'Chowder' daughters, especially 'Star' who is just returning to the ring after her litter last year.

02/09/13 - At day one of the great Barrington Kennel Club Show in Springfield Ma, Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl  was awarded a 2 point select and Amber Hill Sea Star was given WB Reserve by Judge Eric Ringle.

01/09/13 - We made a trip out to Hamburg NY where we did a breeding (details upon confirmation of pregnancy), visited our son at RIT, and showed Pearl one day and Chowder two days. Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl was awarded BOS for a 2 point Select from Judge Donna Buxton. Chowder was handled by Julie Desy on Thursday for a Reserve from Judge Jon Cole. As a bonus to our tip we also got to eat Authentic Buffalo Wings at Duff's and learned a few grooming tips from Julie.   

01/05/13 - After taking a break for the Holidays, Ch Amber Hill Ocean's Pearl is awarded a 1 point Select from Judge David Bolus in Fitchburg MA in her return to the ring.

What a week for Pearl! She finished her Championship by winning a 3 point major out of Bred By Class and after moving up in her next three shows won was awarded  3 Grand Champion Majors and 9 Grand Champion Points and a BISS!!!

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