Kristen started her career in dogs
at the age of 12 showing poodles in 4-H.
She became a professional groomer at the age of 18. Over the last 30 years she has taught and shown dog obedience and confirmation.
Kristen began raising and showing shelties in 1992.
In 2002 Lynne and Kristen combined forces to produce
Quality AKC Shetland Sheepdogs!
The product was KristiLyn Shelties!!
Unfortunately, in the spring of 2005 Kristen was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was a devastating blow. After many years of therapy, treatment and the help of her sheltie supportive husband Greg. KristiLyn Shelties moves into a future generation!
KristiLyn Shelties is a combination of the dreams of two best friends who have become family. Lynne Gilbert and Kristen Chrapek joined forces with the common vision to produce beautiful, sound and easy to live with shelties that were true to the AKC standard.
Both women discovered that they worked from the same
ethics and value system and had a strong faith in God.
They became more than friends.....but are now family!
Lynne has retired from the shelties, but still consults on planned breedings and researching lines for the future improvements at KristiLyn.
Pictured above is our retired boy "KristiLyn's Johnny Tsunami"
KristiLyn Shelties is a small hobby kennel located in Allendale, Michigan just 15 minutes from Lake Michigan. Comprised of my husband Greg and myself, with plenty of puppy socializers, compliments of our several grandchildren!
We have been striving to produce quality AKC shetland sheepdogs since 1992.
Our shelties are members of our family and live in our home with a half acre of fenced running space, a deck and a patio for outdoor playtime. We live in a residential area where we love taking our furry kids for walks and special trips to play on the beach that we frequent at Lake Michigan.
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Our Breeding Program
The breeding program at KristiLyn is small. We choose to keep 3 to 4 shelties of show/breeding quality.
We have 1 to 3 litters per year...usually in the spring and summer months.
We are constantly adding new dogs into our lines to keep from limiting the genetic pool.
We usually use our girls for a few litters then place them into homes and grow out the new improved generation to take over the whelping duties.
We believe that it is not fair to our brood bitches for them to have to serve their lives strictly producing puppies. They deserve
forever homes at fairly early ages. (Usually between 4 and 6 yrs)
We do believe it is important for the longevity of our breed, that necessary genetic testing is done when possible.
As responsible breeders we sell most puppies on spay/neuter contracts.
Puppies Come Pre-Spoiled!!!!!!