Watermark is a small hobby operation located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York.  The dog population here is kept small, and all dogs reside in the house.  Heather Gould is the human behind the kennel name, and is a charter member and president of the local ASCA affiliate club, Heart of New York Australian Shepherd Club (HONYASC), as well as being a member of ASCA and AKC parent club USASA.  

Watermark breedings are planned with an emphasis on health and temperament first and foremost, followed by correct structure and exquisite movement.  In order to keep the numbers low at home, most pick puppies are placed in co-ownership homes where their best attributes can be shaped and showcased on a more individual basis.


While there are a couple of Miniature American Shepherds living here, there is currently no breeding program in place here for this breed, which is NOT a size variety of the Aussie.    


  • Party attended three of the four shows of the HONYASC Dawg Daze of Summer, and came home with her third and final championship, handled by the very talented Melissa Lopinto, making her now ASCA/AKC/UKC Ch. Watermark Party Rock!  Now for the teenagers...

  • Scribble was entered at Canfield, and was in attendance, so she stayed in the competition and brought home her first two Grand Champion majors, while naked and looking like a hedgehog!  Now she's home to regrow her coat and unwind a bit.

  • And that's a wrap!  With an entry of 17 class dogs and 22 class bitches, Scribble finished her AKC championship by going Best of Winners under judge Tom Coen at the Greenville Kennel Club, Greenville, SC on July 26, 2019! You may now call her AKC/ASCA Ch. Watermark Inscription!

  • Piedmont Kennel Club show in Greenville, SC: Scribble won her class of 8 Open Black bitches and then onto Winners Bitch/Best of Winners in an entry of 18 class bitches for a 5 point major under Judge Mr. Robert Shreve​ with Jillayne Karras at the end of her lead.

  • On May 31, Party and Jillayne Karras grabbed that last point needed, making her now AKC/UKC Ch. Watermark Party Rock!  Now we try for the last four ASCA singles while waiting for her to come into heat.