Breeder, Owner & Co-Founder

Keith Bailey

When I got my first Welsh Terrier in 1998, she came to me with a breeder’s agreement to complete her championship and two puppies back to the breeder. I thought “no problem,” but keep in mind I had never even been to a dog show much less raised a litter. Tracy, who handled Sharon’s dogs, was recommended as a handler. It was a fortuitous meeting and the beginning of friendships that have developed into a long-standing successful partnership. The first dog show I ever attended was the 1999 “Muddy Montgomery.” I was beyond thrilled to have my Welshie win second in the 12-18 class. After ten years of hard work and dedication, Sharon and I with our combined pedigrees produced our first MBIS, MBISS GCH Bayleigh Shaireab’s Super Hero. “Spyder” is also the first Welsh Terrier Grand Champion.

The Story of Our Breeding Program,
with Co-Founder

Sharon Abmeyer

Keith and Sharon met in Atlanta at a grooming seminar that Sharon had arranged for the Atlanta Terrier Club. At that time, Sharon had been breeding dogs for over thirty years, while Keith, a life-long dog lover and owner, was new to showing and breeding. A relationship began as that of mentor and novice, and rapidly developed into a close friendship with a shared passion for breeding and showing dogs. Inevitably Keith and Sharon founded a unique breeding program together.

My career in dogs began over 50 years ago when I acquired my first Miniature Schnauzer. As a child I was never allowed a pet. The first decision that my husband Bob and I made together was to have a dog. Over the years, I have had four different breeds— three from the terrier group. Keith and I met the year of the muddy Montgomery. Our passion for terriers brought us together.

– Sharon Abmeyer, 2015

For over a decade, Keith and Sharon built Shaireabs Bayleigh Welsh Terriers, experiencing immense success together. In mid 2017, Sharon retired, and continues to be proudly recognized as the Co-founder of Bayleigh Welsh Terriers, and mentor to Keith for Bayleigh Welsh Terriers.

Opie (Ch. Shaireab’s On Your Honor) is the patriarch of Sharon’s breeding program, just as Henry (Ch. Brynhir B’Berg Henry Hyde), Keith’s first Specials dog, is the progenitor of Keith’s breeding program. Opie produced many champions, including Sam (Ch. Shaireab’s Sam I Am), who has himself produced champions and group winners. Sam produced Justin (Ch. Shaireab’s Just N’ Time) – a 2 time Westminster Best of Breed winner, Best of Breed at AKC Eukanuba Invitational and Best In Show winner, and Spyder (GCH Bayleigh Shaireab’s Super Hero) – first AKC Grand Champion Welsh, #1 Welsh and Top 10 Terrier in 2010, multiple Bests in Show and Bests in Specialties, and producer of multiple Best in Show dogs.

Sharon, Keith and Syder
Keith Bailey and Sharon Abmeyer at Westminster 2020. Photo by Emma Kesler.

Aims & Objectives

Bayleigh Welsh Terriers

To show our dogs to their championship so that they may be independently judged as to their quality and soundness as examples of the breed.

To produce high quality puppies of good temperament and health. Prior to placement, all puppies are microchipped and receive a thorough examination by our vet.

To make every effort to find suitable, loving, forever homes for our dogs by use of a rigorous selection process. To provide owners with advice and support throughout the life of their Bayleigh Welsh Terrier.

Clubs & Affiliations

Continuing Education

Dog Aggression Workshop and Seminar
Ian Dunbar

Endocrine Diseases
Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM
This lecture addresses the clinical characteristics of the most frequently diagnosed endocrine diseases … Cushing’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, diabetes mellitus and hypothyroidism.

Claudia Waller Orlandi, PhD
– Genetic Principles for Dog Breeders (Putting together the pieces for a more successful breeding program)
Dr Jerold Bell, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
– Pedigree Analysis and how breeding decisions affect genes.
– Common genetic disorders: Diagnosis and prevention
– Improving the genetic health of your puppies
– Breeding strategies for managing genetic traits
Anita Oberbaurer, PhD
Finding genes for complex disease traits Elaine Ostrander, PhD, NHGRI/NHI
Carmen Battaglia
Pedigree Analysis and Developing a Healthy Breeding Program
Jerald Bell, DVM
Genetic Tests: How to Use Them & Why
Jeff Phillips, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
Infectious Diseases
Christine Peterson, DVM, PhD
Phil Guidry

Neurological Diseases
Simon Platt BVM & S, MRCVS, DipACVIM (Neurology) & ECVN. This seminar is an overview of neurology service for diseases seen in patients that include epilepsy, brain tumors, birth defects meningitis and trauma.

Animal Behaviorist
John C Wright PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behavorist

Gregory A Reinhart, MS, PhD Pre- and Probiotics: New Ways to Promote Good

Breeder 2 Breeder Seminars
Selection and Evaluation of Dogs for Breeding Purposes: Jimmy and Sheree Moses
Science of Dog Reproduction: Theriogenologist Dr Marti Greer
Neonatal and Early Puppy
Nutrition: Nutritionist Russ Kelley
Raising and Training Puppies: Anne Bowes
Mark Oyama DVM, DACVIM

Chinese Medicine & Veterinary Acupuncture
Christine Eggers, DVM, MVSC

Stem Cell Therapy
Rick Vulliet, DVM, PhD
A Duane Butherus, PhD

Vaccination Protocol
Kate Creevy DVM, MS DipACVIM Topics covered include passive immunity, core vs non-core vaccine categories and use of serologic titers in vaccine plan
Ron Schultz, PhD
Margret Casal, PhD

Pat Hastings
Pat Trotter Edward M. Gilbert

Corey Saba DVM Addresses the three different modalities for cancer treatment…surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy
Cancer Stem Cells-A New Way to Look at an Old Disease
Jamie Modiano, VMD,PhD
Understanding Cancer at the Breed Level Rhonda Hovan
Canine Comparative Oncology and Genomics Consortium
Matthew Breen, PhD
Dispelling Myths of Canine Cancer and Its Treatment
Douglass Thamm VMD, DACVIM Amy LeBlanc, DVM, DACVIM

Urinary Diseases
Joe Bartges, DVM, Phd, DACVIM, DACVN

Simon Peterson-Jones, DVM, PhD

Julia Tomlinson, BVSc, PhD, DACVS, CCRP, CVSMT Rehabilitation and Conditioning for the Show Dog

AKC Breeder to Breeder Symposium: Doug Johnson: The Art of Breeding Better Dogs
Pat Trotter: The Breeder-Judge Relationship
Bill Shelton: Developing a Family of Dogs and the Importance of the Foundation Bitch
Patti Strand:Mentoring Your Puppy Buyers and Managing a Stud Dog
Anne Bowes: Early Puppy Training
Bruce Hollett DVM, MS DACT Peggy Root Kustritz, DVM, PhD Dr Robert Van Hutchison
Myra Savant Harris
Karen Copley of Whelpwise
Tulio Prado, DVM, DACT
Deborah Greco, DVM, PhD, MS, DACT
Dr. Marty Greer, DVM: “Making C-sections maximize your breeding program.”
Erin Runcan, DVM, DACT: “Pearls and pitfalls of progesterone testing.”
Alyssa Helms, DVM: “Canine Brucellosis: a review of what every breeder needs to know about this disease.”
Joann Randall, DVM, DACT: “How studly is your stud?”