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The kennels at Beech Tree began in 1926 in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. The original plan was to purchase a pet for the family as my oldest brother at the age of two was dreadfully afraid of dogs and would run crying for help if he so much as heard one barking or saw a picture of a dog in a book or magazine.

Very shortly after, my mother, Ruth Taynton, became interested in dog showing and breeding as well as boarding dogs and the history of our family was changed forever. I believe this makes us the oldest sheltie kennel in the country.

Of the six children, I was the only one who picked up on those goals and I continued raising Shelties along the same lines and with similar breeding goals as my mother. Temperament, balance, pretty heads, correct coats and outstanding structure have always been. and will always be, our priorities.

Because raising our own children has always been primary, we have not done the showing we would like to have done, nor have we done much advertising, but we have continued our breeding program and our dogs figure highly in the breeding of many of the top winners in the breed—also in the breeds other than Shelties that we have raised along the way. We have bred group winners in five of the seven groups but our focus now is on the Shelties and the Toy Manchesters.


Sheila Slik and "Lucky" - taken in 1948
Sheila Slik and "Lucky" - taken in 1948

Mark & Ruth Taynton - 1930s
1930s

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