All About Us:
While we are serious show competitors, we fully realize that most puppies are destined to become members of someone’s family. As a practicing veterinarian, I am particularly concerned with health issues. We strive to combine a sound mind and beautiful body into an exceptional specimen of the breed. Add in intense socialization in a busy country household with livestock, and exotics and you have the perfect formula for the very best.
My husband and I have been breeding and showing
German Shepherd Dogs since 1980. Our first German Shepherd Dog was a protection dog given
to me during my last year in Vet school. After his death, I obtained a “German line” female. While searching for the “Perfect stud” for her we were introduced into the exciting “world of show dogs.” Bob and Carol Moore from Scharo Kennels were kind enough to take an interest in a set of novices and willing to risk entrusting us with a champion female. From that initial contact, a deep and enduring friendship welded our two families together, with both kennels eventually completely intertwining and showing under the ScharoArk logo. Together with the Moores we have finished over 30 champions. While a beautiful body is essential for the show ring, the two kennels have always contended that without brains you have no dog. Nothing less than perfect temperament is tolerated in either kennel. Our hard and fast policy is a sound mind in a sound body – NO compromise allowed. Due to health and personal concerns Bob and Carol have had to step back from breeding and showing. We are now working closely with Mary Tripp (Tripphill Kennels), another breeder, whom we have in the past co-owned and bred dogs with.
My first introduction to the Cane Corso came in 1988 When a close friend brought in some of the first imports into this country from Hungary. I fell in love with the calm assertiveness of the breed. After many years of longing, I my first puppy, a pet intended to be a combination pet, clinic guard dog. Since then, I have become increasingly infatuated with the breed. They are the perfect "working combination" with the German Shepherd dog for security work. The same friend who first introduced me to the breed placed me in contact with Beata Margiatan, the head of the European Cane Corso Assn. since I was becoming concerned regarding the number of health issues starting to appear in the breed. In July of 2017 I purchased and imported a show puppy from Hungary bred by Bea. A friendship between the two of has flourished. I was beyond excited when Bea offered to send me her young male Othello on a co-ownership to show in this country. He has settled in well and we are beyond anxious to get him into the show ring here. Ashley will be his primary handler for shows well as for Sakira (our young import show female). As with the German Shepherd Dogs, no compromise in health or temperament will be tolerated in our breeding program.
Our interest in Maltese began in 1999 when I received our foundation stud as a gift from a client. Chance quickly took over our household and whipped the shepherds into shape. We fell head over heels in love with the breed in very short order. We soon found that that beautiful and elegant body contained a brilliant mind. While small in stature, we soon found that the Maltese were vigorous and lively, yet possessed a very gentle personality. They were the perfect complement to the German Shepherd Dogs. While we do not show the Maltese, we have worked hard to establish a line of hearty, healthy dogs with elegance and beauty and the temperament that has made them the aristocrats of the companion breeds.
While I had a passing association with Havanese as patients and liked the breed a lot, my first close interaction came in early January 2012 when a friend going thru a traumatic time period asked me to take the dogs from her kennel. She was in a situation where she found herself unable to keep the dogs, but was very worried about their safety and welfare. Of course, I agreed. They quickly acclimated to our home and fit in very well with the Maltese and the German Shepherd Dogs. It rapidly became apparent that the Havanese is a very sturdy, healthy, fun loving breed that is great with children and gets along well with other dogs. Discovering that their coat type was much easier to keep in full coat than a Maltese, I began looking for a show puppy in February. That led me to JellyBean, a BEAUTIFUL black and white male show prospect from Georgia. The love affair grew another saga began!
We have scaled severely scaled back on our Havanese and Maltese due to the heavy grooming requirements. At this time we are concentrating on the German shepherd Dogs and the Cane Corso and will no longer being having Havanese or Maltese puppies available.
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