Our Aussies
Devote Their Lives
To Fulfilling Yours!

Proud breeders of Australian Shepherds Since 1989!

We are proud of our 30+ years of work producing top quality Australian Shepherds for show, performance and companions. Our dogs do everything from confirmation showing to agility to dock diving.  Our number one priority is, and has always been, temperament first!


Are you looking for a Thornapple Puppy?

Please contact us for availability via phone, Facebook messenger or email. Our puppies are always reserved in advance and are placed in homes quickly.  It may take several years to get a puppy from us!

We have a few outstanding breedings for 2020 planned that we are very excited about. At this time, we expect all are spoken for.

The Latest From The Thornapple Family

Sinfire Takes A Major
Janette O'Shaughnessy


Sinfire Thornapple Cinnamon Fireball Whelped: Nov. 8, 2016 Dam & Sire: Ch Thornapple Traces Of Gold DJ & Thornapple Chance Of Snow Breeders: Ellen Brandenburg, Amy Garrison, Jayne Holligan Owners: Ellen Brandenburg, Amy Garrison, Terria Hall Mortensen October 6, 2019 Today was the most amazing day! Thornapple Cinnamon Fireball finished her AKC Championship by going

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Janette O'Shaughnessy


Bugatti is a Champion! Our beautiful black tri boy, Thornapple Cuz’ I’m A Billionaire, finished his Championship in Monroe, MI, on Sept. 27, 2019 and is now CH Thornapple Cuz’ I’m A Billionaire. Whelp Date: He was whelped on 1/28/2018 Dam & Sire: CH Thornapple Black Smoke & Mirrors (Coupe) & CH Thornapple Pledging My

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Janette O'Shaughnessy

Thornapple Australian Shepherds and Nutri Source Dog Food Response To July 2019 Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) REPORT FROM THE FDA.

Thornapple Australian Shepherds does recommend Tuffy Pet Foods’ Nutri Source label but never have we recommended their grain free line or any grain free line. FDA’s report highlighting 16 brands of dog food as causing DCM in dogs included Nutri Source. Of course this concerned all of us at Thornapple so we checked into it further.

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Welcome to Thornapple Australian Shepherds

Thornapple Australian Shepherds since 1989

On the web since the early days of the internet.


Ellen S. Brandenburg * Amy J. Garrison
Vermontville, Michigan
Ellen’s Cell: 517-202-6462

Two of our Champions Coupe & Nitto

Amy Garrison pictured with litter mate brothers,
Ch Thornapple Black Smoke And Mirrors &
Ch Thornapple Mud On The Tires

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

Roger Caras

Thornapple Dogs & Pups In Action All Over The World!