Lochbrowan Scottish Deerhounds.
I am a breeder. I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed and those outside it. I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes. I only put puppies on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed. I support each family who choses one of my puppies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family. I am there if one needs to come back and would aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if it was in the wrong place. I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world, not only my own, but my brethren in the fancy. I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication. I don't keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be true measure of how I feel. I support my friends in the fancy, because it takes a village sometimes and only WE know how things are for us. The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation. I will not be ashamed of who I am, I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same. I am a breeder and I am proud of it.
Our dogs are members of the family first and foremost. They sleep with my children and are very much loved pets. I show our dogs occasionally to show people that the hounds I breed are correct in conformation. My daughter Sarah enjoys showing the young dogs and has taken two homebred bitches to Champion status including Group wins despite her novice handler status.
My dogs enjoy hunting. This is legal in New Zealand, and it is what they were originally bred to do. We also particpate in lure coursing when time allows. Two of my hounds are Coursing Champions. I am a lure coursing judge and enjoy judging sighthounds and other types of dogs.
I encourage all people who are interested in the breed to come ands to meet my hounds and to ask questions. We have an open kennel policy and welcome all visitors.
What you probably want to know
So, first of all, we have an open kennel policy so any time you want to come and visit just let me know - we are never far away. The hounds do love a visitor! We are based on a 25 acre property nearTaupo and have another 105ha property near Ohakune in the centre of the North Island. Alternately, I can put you in touch with some of my puppy owners that may live closer to you so you can have a chat all about them. Let me know if you have any specific questions etc you would like to ask.
Ideally deerhounds need to live in the country where there is plenty of space for them to run. They can be kept in towns but the exercising becomes more of an issue as they do need to be able to run free for short sprints around. I do not encourage keeping deerhounds in a town situation.
I am a NZKC accredited breeder which means that I have done all of the possible genetic tests, and health tests, and that I stand by moral and ethical regulations for breeding. My hounds will never be mated before the age of 2, and I will only ever take a maximum of two litters from a bitch. My hounds are tested for Factor VII, liver shunt and heart disease. Cost of a pup includes NZKC registration (all my pups are NZKC registrered), microchip, three independant health checks and tests, vaccination and worming records, 6 weeks insurance, a manual of how to look after them, a puppy pack with collar, lead, food for a couple of weeks, blanket, toy etc. All puppies come with an ownership contract that is signed before the pup is handed over. This protects you as a buyer, and myself as a breeder.
The pups we have bred so far are:
The A litter - 2012 NZCh Mapleridge Jaguar (Jag) x NZCh Jacobite Creag Ealsaid, CCh (Pixie)