Our goal as a breeder is to keep the breed healthy, with temperament and structure within the standards required by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) / American Kennel Club (AKC). We are affiliated with The Kennel Club, member of the Australian Shepherd Club of the UK (ASCUK) and member of the National Australian Shepherd Association (NASA) always reproducing within the required standards. We have a passion for the breed and for our puppies!


We are a couple in love with what we do, determined to produce the most amazing Australian Shepherds and give them the best possible life. I, Gilberto Pompeu, always grew up surrounded by animals in my life and dogs always occupied a special place in my heart but it was only when I became a biology student when I decided that I would become a breeder of Australians what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. This breed that besides being beautiful is very intelligent, resistant, strong and with an incredible personality has become my focus, almost an obsession which led me to a lot of study and research and the contact with Marcia Bertero from Kennel Wind Spirit a great creator of the breed with several important international conquests and with her work very well marked in the history of the breed and that luckily develops her work in São Paulo – Brazil, a city close to my hometown, despite 6 hours by car, what made us partners in this project of mine and more than that, friends.

Gilberto and Thoreau

We at Walden Kennel owe a lot to the advice and careful advice from Marcia and everyone from the Wind Spirit kennel team. In 2016, Jéssica Pompeu, my wife and great partner, and I got Thoreau for our family, which only increased the excitement, dedication and passion for this project. In 2018 we started moving from Rio de Janeiro here to Cambridge, also with Emma in our family. Currently we are a small kennel, with only one couple, but because we decided to do it, little by little, because we believe that a lot of learning is achieved during the process. We intend to continue fixing our roots here in England, most likely moving a little more to the side of the field and continue expanding our kennel, but without haste and always with each step very well thought out before being taken.


Ten Steps to a Healthier Australian Shepherd Breed


Step 1

I recognize that genetic disease is a longstanding fact in the Australian Shepherd breed. Only through open and honest communication and sharing of accurate information can we, the breeders and guardians of this breed, improve the overall genetic health and significantly reduce the incidence of genetic diseases in the breed we love.

Step 2

I support the open disclosure of all health issues that affect the Australian Shepherd, utilizing publicly accessible canine health registries in the country of my residence whenever possible.

Step 3

I openly and publicly disclose all information in my possession about the health issues that have been produced by my dogs and dogs from my breeding, and also those health issues where a significant risk factor may exist.

Step 4

If I receive information about a new genetic issue in connection with my dogs or breeding, I work to the best of my ability to notify the purchasers/owners of dogs that are related to the dog with the new issue.

Step 5

I support and assist other breeders in their disclosure efforts.

Step 6

I do not speak ill of any breeder or breeding program that has produced an affected Australian Shepherd.

Step 7

I compassionately support and assist owners of affected dogs in the gathering of information on the genetic diseases that have stricken their dogs.

Step 8

I support research studies for genetic diseases in Australian Shepherds, submitting biological samples from dogs in my kennel or of my breeding when they are available and applicable for the study. I encourage others to do the same.

Step 9

Before being bred, all of my dogs are DNA profiled with an accredited laboratory and the results made public, if such services are available within my country, or before my stock is exported to a country that has DNA profiling available.

Step 10

I will have my dogs screened for genetic diseases, as recommended on the ASHGI web site, by veterinarians who have the proper certification. I support the recording of test results in open registries and as they become available to me, I will post my results. As new genetic tests for Australian Shepherds become available, I will submit my breeding stock for those tests.


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