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About Us


The Beginning

I remember as a kid growing up I had a passion for dogs. I knew every dog in the neighbourhood and took many of them for walks. When I was old enough to babysit I took dog books and magazines to read in the evening. I dreamed about owning and showing dogs. School, career, marriage and family but the dream was always there.

In 1964 I acquired my first Standard Poodle, an apricot who grew up to become Ch. Titian Solitaire C.D.X. Am.C.D. She became the foundation for Coquetel as my first homebred champion was her daughter Ch. Coquetel Kira Am.Can.C.D.
Today the Standard Poodle puppies we breed are over tweleve generations from Kira.


'Cory' and 'Kira'

In 1972 our first Pointer arrived - a gorgeous bitch puppy who became Am/Can Ch. Ry-Hi's It Had To Be You. Our Pointer involvement lead to being one of the founding members of the Pointer Club of Canada. Todays dogs go back ten generations to her. We have had all four colour combinations successfully over the many years.


'Ithby'

In the early 1990's, Genevieve, our daughter, and her husband Andrew took over the Pointers. They have continued the level of excellence the early Pointers achieved.



In 1976 our first Borzoi came - Abbadare Larissa's Lucy- a daughter of Am Ch Loral's Urahna Khan & maternal grandaughter of Am Ch Loral's Ivan Ivanevitch. We lost that bloodline in the mid 80's but was given on co-ownership with the late Audrey Benbow of Sirhan Borzoi,
the lovely Ch Sirhan Sunbarr Belskaya. Our Borzoi today are three generations down from her.

'Annusha' and 'Belskaya'


Since 1964, we have maintained a small kennel devoted to producing the finest for ourselves and our purchasers.



The Breeding Philosophy

The two most important criteria for making breeding decisions in our opinion must be are temperament and health.
Good conformation for us means elegance and beauty but also structural balance provides a sound basis for healthy animals.
Colour, while at first glance, important, is less than skin deep. Our decisions to breed any of our dogs are made after thoughtful care and research.
Usually the bitch has completed her championship. She has always had breed appropriate health tests confirmed normal.
She will have a fun-loving, stable temperament and be easy to live with. We will choose a male whose pedigree, health clearances and temperament are a complement to our bitch.


The Commitment to Our Purchasers

Our puppies are born and raised in the kitchen. This way they are socialized from birth. The puppies are raised to be healthy and confident.
They are weaned gradually between 28 days and 6 weeks. They are ready for new homes after 8 weeks. Our puppies are sold with a health guarantee and on a non-breeding contract.


Our Expectations of Our Purchasers

We expect our puppy buyers will provide as a minimum the following:
  • fenced-in backyard
  • spay or neuter their dog
  • provide a crate as a safe haven for the dog
  • attend at least one set of obedience classes
  • keep the dog clean, groomed and healthy
  • contact us if they are unable to keep the dog


  • Our dogs have gone to homes from coast to coast in Canada and the United States, as well as some to Europe. While most live their lives as family pets, many have distinguished themselves in various dog sports. Some are Canadian and/or American champions. Some are obedience titleholders. Some have tracking titles. Others have agility, field and St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog titles. The one we are most proud of is Hindley, a special needs dog trained by the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program.



    Coquetel


    John & Julia

    Genevieve & Andrew