Darwyn is a breeder of quality Welsh Terriers, located in BC, Canada.
I, Larisa Hotchin, have been involved with breeding and showing Welsh Terriers for over 2 decades. I still breed, but, I do not breed often. I breed once, sometimes twice a year. I breed primarily to continue my well-established Darwyn line. I do not have a large kennel. Occasionally, I sell puppies to companion pet homes. When I do, I am very selective about where they go (click here for the puppy application form). I don’t have many puppies and I put a lot of effort into raising them well. I cannot make promises about selling a puppy until I have a puppy available to offer. The average litter for Welsh Terriers is much smaller than the larger cousin, Airedale Terriers. Our average litter is only 3-5 puppies.
This web site, re-done in 2019, is mostly up to date. However, I had an old website for many years prior to that. I did not transfer all of the information over from. A few of the other champion dogs, or breed information, and some older puppy photos. You can still see the old website by clicking here.
But, most of the current dogs and contact information is here!
Check out my Instagram Page here for some fun photos.
MANY PROMINENT WINNERS
HEALTH & TEMPERAMENT
Genetics and early rearing affect health and temperament, however, food, environment and guidance are also significant factors.
We do our best to use the knowledge from research and listening to owners. We do extensive health and DNA testing, and keep copious notes on our dogs that we breed, and the puppies that we produce. There are no guarantees (don’t let any breeder mislead you and suggest there are) — any dog, of any breed, can get any thing, but we strive to minimize any issues.
We stand behind the dogs that we breed and sell.
GOLD STANDARD IN RAISING PUPPIES
We strive to produce the best quality dogs, raised in our home.
Genetics are important, however, how puppies are raised is critical. Through a scientific and hands-on approach, we provide our puppies with what they need to ensure the best outcome for them. We are always trying to improve, and incorporate new insights as we learn them. The ‘Puppy Culture’ protocols, as well as all we have learned raising Welsh Terriers, make a significant difference later on.
The critical time for puppy development is the first 12 weeks – everything done in this time can have long-term effects. Puppies continue to learn, but this is the most important time period. New owners must continue from the base work started here, and provide appropriate guidance and training to have the best family member for many years to come. The learning, both for them and the people, never stops.
We have always provided owners with the opportunity to connect directly with each other. Some have been casual friendships to share stories. Some have developed long-lasting friendships. For those that do, it’s lovely to see the caring and knowledgeable community that has built up.
“Best of Breed was my Winner’s Dog and Best of Winners (Darwyn’s Webslinger, Parker): I couldn’t take my eyes off the Winners Dog. He is so Welshie. Great Type. I liked his proportions and size. He never let down and certainly had the ‘Here I am World, look at me’ attitude. I had a wonderful line-up of welsh, but this Welsh was a stand out for me.”
– Ruth Prehn (Ledgerock Welsh Terriers), WTCA National Specialty 2009 Judge’s Critique
Over the years, we have had FIFTEEN Welsh Terriers that have won WINNERS or HIGHER on the MCKC weekend of shows. These include Morris & Essex, Hatboro, Devon and Montgomery, where the Welsh Terrier Club of America (WTCA) National Specialty is held every year! Here are just 4 of those recent 15 different WTs.
Best in Show Wins!
Champion Welsh Terriers
American Champion WT’s
Different MCKC w/e & WTCA Floating Nat’l Winners
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