Meet my first home-bred Welsh Terrier Champions!

Littermates - Rusty and Tessa ... born in 2001, both champions 17 months later, mostly owner handled!

Rusty: Ch Darwyn Mister Debonaire
Tessa: Ch Darwyn's Dangerous Liaison  (Mar 19, 2001 -- Oct 25, 2016)

Sire: Felstead Flash Indicator Dam: Am/Can Ch Saredon Mistress Nora

Click here to see Tessa in her new home years after she retired.

Darwyn Welsh Terrier Puppies When my foundation bitch Honey (Am/Can Ch. Saredon Mistress Nora) was three years old, she whelped her first litter (and my first litter!) ... 5 healthy puppies were born. 

I didn't realize it then, but 2 of those puppies would go on to be my first home bred champions! 

I learned a lot from that litter.  First of all that there was so much more to learn ... and I can say that years later I am still learning -- books, DVDs, other breeders, seminars that I attend and my reproduction vet specialist - Dr. van der Ende (B.Sc). 

I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to have that litter evaluated by Pat Hastings and her late husband when the puppies were approximately 8 weeks old.  Pat didn't comment on type, but focused on temperament and structure.  The objective and consistent process was fascinating and I can safely say that the main comments made that day essentially describe the adult dogs that they grew into (at least for the puppies that I kept).  I try to replicate that objective evaluation process each time that I have a litter, and try my best to objectively evaluate each puppies structure and temperament in a new environment, around new people.  It's definitely not the only time that I evaluate puppies, that's done on a daily and on-going basis.  But what I learned in that evaluation session has proven invaluable to me and I think that it was one of the reasons that, years later, I confidently kept another boy that I bred, Parker (Am Ch. Darwyn's Webslinger) who won Best of Breed at the Welsh Terrier Club of America National Specialty at Montgomery 2009.

So - that was my first litter ... and my first home-bred champions.  The adults that those puppies turned into weren't group winning dogs, but they were of quality (conformation wise), great to live with, and provided me with a structured approach to what I wanted to do with my breeding program going forward.  And, given that I primarily owner-handled them, they gave me more practice on my show trimming!

Darwyn Welsh Terrier picture of Ch Darwyn's Dangerous Liaison     

Darwyn Welsh Terriers picture of Darwyn Mister Debonaire

Rusty and Tessa both retired early in 2004 and went to live their new lives - Rusty in the US and Tessa in beautiful Nelson BC (eventually moving to beautiful Victoria, meeting up with 2 of Tessa's daughters, and becoming friends with their owners ... just like a nice extended family all around!)

Darwyn Welsh Terrier

Click here to see Tessa in her new home years after she retired.