Evolution Keeshonden is a small hobby kennel in Fort Worth, Texas. All of my dogs live in my home with me, and are pets and members of my family. I only keep bitches on site, and I only breed a couple of litters each year. My focus in breeding is on improving the breed, not supplying puppies, so I only breed when I have a goal that I wish to accomplish. By keeping only females, I challenge myself to find the best possible stud for the bitch that I'm breeding, with a goal of producing offspring that are as close to the ideal breed standard as possible. I believe in, and perform, health checks on all of my breeding stock, and require that any dog that I use in my breeding program be health checked as well.
Evolution Keeshonden started with the acquisition of my first Keeshond show bitch prospect in January of 2011.
I had grown up with a Keeshond-Chow mix named "Scruffie" who had the look and temperament of a Keeshond. When my human children were old enough that I felt we were ready for a family dog, I set out in search of a reputable breeder of Keeshonden. Initially, I was only looking for a pet, but after I learned a little about conformation showing, I decided that I wanted to give it a try, so I sought a show prospect bitch.
I waited nearly 9 months for my first Keeshond puppy; "Zazzles" GCH Darkenwald Join the Chase, CGC was whelped on November 17, 2010 and joined my family on January 29, 2011. "Zazzles'" first show was in Dallas, TX on July 8, 2011 where she won her first point toward her AKC championship under judge, Ms. Elizabeth Muthard. Needless to say, I was hooked! "Zazzles" went on to earn her Canine Good Citizen title, finish her Championship and subsequently her Grand Championship, and become the foundation bitch for Evolution Keeshonden.
After Zazzles, I acquired an additional bitch from a different kennel with a completely different pedigree. Her name was "Elphie" CH AStarz Defying Gravity, and she arrived early in March of 2012. Shortly after Elphie arrived, Zazzles' dam, Icy, whelped her third and final litter which was sired by the same dog that sired Elphie. It was a big stretch for me, both financially and logistically, but in June 2012, I drove to Virginia and brought home my third Keeshond, "Glimmer" CH Darkenwald Lightning Strikes Thr-ICE at Evolution. I liked to joke that we now had a sister with another mother, and a sister from a different mister.
I subsequently showed Elphie to her championship, and while she passed her health tests, I had always had a problem with her temperament, and I chose not to breed her, but to spay her and place her in a forever pet home.
Glimmer and I made a deal on the trip home from Virginia: I said to her, "Glimmer, I drove half-way across the country to get you and bring you home. You're going to get me to Westminster!" Unfortunately, Glimmer didn't have the heart and spirit of a show dog. She finished her championship, but then she and I agreed that she didn't have to show anymore. She became my second brood bitch, and produced (with the help of CH Jolyn's Dream Chaser) the most beautiful puppies a breeder could hope for. I believe that Glimmer was giving me her legacy, and fulfilling that deal we made when she was a pup. It's Glimmer's gift that will get me to Westminster.
I'm excited to write the next chapters in the story of Evolution Keeshonden ....