Over 10 years ago crossing the Toy Sheltie with the Toy Aussie was something I was dying to do! I knew the breeds would cross well, both being herding dogs of similar size and type. My original goal was to grab the super healthy blue merle gene from the Aussies to produce even more stunning blue merle puppies than we were getting in our AKC Shelties. I loved the health benefits we were having in our crosses and knew crossing this entirely different gene pool in would give us another big boost of the 'hybrid vigor'. The results have exceeded even my high expectations!
Today we do DNA health testing on all of our dogs, we still only cross dogs from unrelated families and we do extensive temperament testing on every adult before breeding to insure, even though this may be a cross, you are getting the most healthy, happy, trainable puppy available.
Our program has been so successful, it was noticed by other breeders looking for beautiful, 'Collie-like' dogs in tiny packages with superior health and temperaments suitable to become exceptional companions. The Carolina Toonie breed was created as a vision for the companion dogs of the future, and our Poshies and Toy Sheltie/Toy Aussies were what they were after! Although experiments with a few other breeds were done at the beginning, the Toy Sheltie Toy Aussie crosses have been the preferred choice as the dog they desire to produce for the future.
The Carolina Toonie, or Toonie, was named after the foundation breed from which the Sheltie was originally developed. They are exceptionally sweet, exceedingly hardy, beautiful little dogs with super easy-care coats that require little grooming to stay beautiful. They shed very little and have almost no matting undercoat. They are often called the 'Teflon dog' because they can be covered with water and mud on minute, shake off, and be clean the next minute. They are truly the modern answer to the owner who wants gorgeous hair, but doesn't want a huge grooming commitment!
Carolina Toonies are incredibly smart and excel in obedience and agility, as well as making excellent therapy dogs. Both the Toy Sheltie and the Toy Aussie are known for their trainability and desire to please, whether you want a high performance dog, or just an obedient companion that a novice can housebreak and train to walk on a leash, these dogs will make you look super smart!
Most of our Toonie puppies are mistaken for full Toy Shelties, the blues can look more Aussie (since blue merle is their signature color), but no matter what color you choose, they are arguably one of the best companion dogs you will find! At sizes from 8-20lbs and 11-14", there is a size and color that will suit your style!
Check out our previous Toonie puppies here:
Diva is so special, she actually inspired an entire breed! Seriously when I was being visited by a breeder who was somewhat dissatisfied with the whole of purebred dog breeders, yet loved the ideal of the tiny, toy-sized 'Collie', she took one look at Diva and knew that there must be more just like her! Diva's size (12" and 12lbs), length, bone, quality of coat, correctness of structure and lovely temperament were everything I had hoped when my dear friend Wendy and I crossed her Toy Aussie Iris with my AKC Bullet. Diva popped out and I knew instantly that she was my pick and my vision for the cross for the future!
From the day she came home with her striking 'powder puff', clear, blue merle and her jawdropping eyes, one of crystal blue and the other exquisitely mottled in deep brown and blue, everyone has fallen in love and whipped out their checkbook to buy her. I never thought twice, and she has proven she is more than a beautiful face, she is an amazing mother and has produced the best puppies! They have had rave reviews! Don't miss your perfect little Diva baby!
Fiddle is a stunning sable merle 1/2 Toy Sheltie !/2 Toy Aussie daughter of Soxy (Hansel/Cassie) AKC and Iris Toy Aussie. She has the most wonderful outgoing, bold, friendly personality and the most relaxed, floppy body! She is a fast favorite of all our visitors! We can't wait to see the golden beauties she produces with Elvis, the blue eyes will melt your heart!
Everyone that follows us knows how important all my girls are to me! I know we have (and need) the best boys, but without the great moms to conceive, deliver and raise the babies, a great stud is just a beautiful pet. Our girls, especially our girls selected to create and support our crosses, must be outstanding! They, like our Toy Sheltie girls, have had full DNA genetic health testing and extensive temperament testing before being considered to breed. Once we know everything is clear and good, we select the most beautiful and personable girls as our future moms.
They are then tested over two litters to see if their puppies truly mature to be the type of dogs we want to produce in health, personality, size, beauty and trainability. When you get a puppy from Fox Point Farm, you know you are getting a puppy that has had much thought and deliberation.
We know every puppy that comes from us is a reflection of us, our program and our values. Rest assured we take our 'job' seriously and to heart. If one is to breed (with all the unwanted animals in the shelters), they must be producing a superior dog for the future. One day we will have control of the unwanted pet population, and if there are not small ethical breeders looking to the future, all that will be left will be overbred/in-bred/linebred, crazy, unhealthy purebred dogs and completely mixed up, unpredictable mutts. We need the forward thinking breeders to develop the future of companion dogs. Our vision for the future is crystal clear!
When Twinkle was born, I knew instantly she was spectacular! A daughter of our best Poshie producer ever, Onyx, and our stunning AKC Hansel, she was everything I had hoped for and more! Her tiny (10" and 6lbs) full sister Honey Bunny was gorgeous too, but was too tiny to successfully have puppies. When Twinkle happened to be a bit larger (12" and 12lbs), I was thrilled! We know she had the tiny genes of her family in a body (the largest girl they ever had) that could hold and freewhelp puppies! You can only imagine the tears streaming down my face when she delivered her first litter with ease, and they were as tiny and stunning as those her tiny mom delivers!
Twinkle is a total love-bug and LOVES everyone! She is a quick favorite of everyone that visits here, as she is the first on their lap giving them kisses! She has always been wickedly smart and showed excellent potential in agility when she went for her training. She has naturally tipped ears, the thickest, most luxurious coat ever and eyes that can melt the toughest critic. She looks full Toy Sheltie and produces 7/8 Toy Sheltie puppies that also look full Sheltie. The precious puppy-like expression will mesmerize both Poshie and Toy Sheltie clients. If you get a chance at a Twinkle baby, don't pass it by!
The moment I pulled the bag off magnificent Whimsy at delivery, I knew she would never leave, that face and her color made her an easy keeper! Whimsy is a tiny (11" and 7lbs) daughter of our legendary Poshie mom Onyx and our fabulous AKC boy Bullet. Although Onyx herself is a bi-black, Whimsy is the only tri (and the only non-sable) girl her mom has ever had. She got her dad's rich copper highlights, incredibly expressive face and brilliant mind! Whimsy just lives to please us! Whimsy is light and refined, with a silky, long, flowing coat that rarely sees a brush or needs a bath. She stays super black and shiny all through the heat of the summer out working with us on the farm, which is very unusual as most tris fade to dark brown rather quickly.
Despite her tiny size, she, like her mom, delivers easily and is a great loving mom. Her puppies have loads of flashy white and wonderful personalities! If you are looking for a loving devoted companion, get a Whimsy puppy! She produces 7/8 Toy Sheltie Poshies that look just like full Shelties. We hope bred to our tiny James Dean, we will get some ittsy bittsies in both mahogany sable and rich tri! Don't miss your little bit of Whimsy!
The Poshie is a cross between the Pomeranian and the Shetland Sheepdog. I became interested in Poshies in the early 2000's when the availability of quality Toy Sheltie breeding stock was very low. I adored the tiny Toy Shelties, but many of those raising them were either breeding 'runts' or breeding super closely related dogs to try to get the size. I understood the danger in both of these practices and wanted to see if I could add a more affordable option for my clients that desired a tiny toy-size dog that looked like a Sheltie.
I had a couple super AKC Toy-size Sheltie girls, but they were very expensive to buy and many that I tried would not cycle, conceive and/or freewhelp easily. There were people out there dying for a little piece of Heaven, but there just were not enough to go around. By looking to the breeds that originally created the Sheltie in the Shetland Isles, I was hoping to breed an excellent option for the client that desired a companion and had no interest in AKC showing. Little did I know that years later the AKC would add a registry for crossbred dogs like the Poshie to compete in AKC Agility alongside the purebreds.
The characteristics of the Poshie, like all dogs, lies in the personalities of the parents. I wanted to use parents that bred together would actually produce a better dog than either of the parent breeds. They are athletic, friendly dogs who never meet a stranger. They are outgoing and playful. The shyness of the sheltie is made brave by the pom, the pushiness and yappiness of the pom is tempered by the sheltie. It creates this beautiful friendly companion! They do not have the herding obsession many shelties do, but are super smart and want to learn everything you can teach them. Of course the breeder must be super selective in choosing the parents, but when they are, the result is a gorgeous, fabulous companion!
Health has always been my number one priority, followed by temperament. The 'hybrid vigor' that crossing two completely unrelated breeds decreases the possibility of recessive health problems that now occur in both breeds (and most breeds) from 'line-breeding' (in-breeding). When we started we had only our vet exam and a couple health screenings available. Today I do full genetic screenings on every dog we hope to breed. We only add dogs that are completely clear from MDR1, VWD, DM, CEA, GM and we only breed dogs who's hips are graded 'Excellent'. This is not industry standard, but when I started breeding Toy Shelties and Poshies, I wanted to produce a superior companion for today's educated buyer.
We started with half Toy Sheltie half Pom crosses. They were fun little dogs and everyone loved them, but I wanted more Sheltie characteristics in my puppies. The 1/2 Pom puppies still look very Pom in the face, have very curly tails and the grooming demands are pretty intense. When I did the next cross, 3/4 Toy Sheltie 1/4 Pom, the look radically changed. Now they looked almost like full Shelties with a super refined face. Gone was the super curly tail, the round, domey skull and pinched muzzle. Grooming became easier with less matting undercoat, and the whole picture became one that Poshie lovers and Toy Sheltie lovers both adored! Now we are doing 7/8 Toy Sheltie 1/8 Pom and they are stunning! If you love Poshies or you love Toy Shelties, this is an excellent option for you!