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Exhibitor and Breeder of Keeshonden since 1967. Founded in South Africa in 1967 on wholly UK bloodlines & relocated to New Zealand in 1996, where our kennel was "re-started" and founded on American bloodlines. A small, but top-winning Keeshond kennel based on some of the finest American & English bloodlines in the world.
Starkenburgh is situated on 8 acres of pastureland dotted with large trees, in the rural countryside about 50 kms from Auckland city centre.
All my dogs are raised together in my house as valued family members, who lounge on sofas and watch TV in our family room. They lead a very healthy lifestyle and unlike some Kees, do not spend their lives in kennels or cages.They swim in ponds, get covered in mud, race around the acreage and are continually playing with and chasing each other... and if some coat hair gets displaced.. so what! They are pets first and foremost, and then show-dogs. Puppies are occasionally available, and then only to very select homes.
Our philosophy. It has never been our mission in life to subsidize the family income or to populate the world with little Kees. Nor have we bred litter after litter (like some kennels) in the hope that "this time we'll get a good one". In our breeding program we have always visualized the type that we are aiming for, and have looked very carefully into the conformation, pedigrees and background of our breeding stock. For the past 10 years we have analysed video footage of all the dogs exhibited annually at the National Keeshond show in USA. This has given us an invaluable insight into the conformation, movement and type of most of the ancestry behind the majority of Australasia's imports, out of North America.
We have always been very selective in our choices and have been equally discerning in not allowing our stud dogs to be used on inferior or pet quality bitches. Nor do we support, unlike some kennels, back-yard breeders or the use of TradeMe and eBay for the advertising of our puppies.
Here at STARKENBURGH, we do not breed quantity, we are not kennel blind, and the next breeding should always be an improvement on the previous one...... A kennel, WHERE QUALITY REALLY COUNTS!!
NZ CH STARKENBURGH STOLE A KISS - "BELINDA"
(NZ Ch Calivale Sex Bomb (Aust Imp) x Starkenburgh Stars In Yr Eyes)
NEW ZEALAND'S OWN TOP WINNING KEESHOND BITCH WITH 100 CCs
RUBIS NZ CH STARKENBURGH SOLE SURVIVOR - "HAPPY"
(NZ Ch Calivale Sex Bomb (Aust Imp) x NZ Ch Starkenburgh Star So Magical)
NEW ZEALAND'S OWN TOP WINNING KEESHOND
wins a GROUP 2nd @ Northland CA Champ Show - 24 Jan
And wins a GROUP 1st @ Hibiscus Champ show 1 Feb
Another GROUP 2nd win @ North Shore KC Champ show 21 Feb.
@ Napier KC Champ show,29 March, Happy wins a GROUP 1st, NZ BRED IN SHOW, and RESERVE BEST IN SHOW
@ Auckland KC Champ show, 11 April, Happy takes a GROUP 2nd
AND grand-son & half-brother,
STARKENBURGH SHIMMER N SHINE - "KIRBY"
by NZ Ch Calivale Sex Bomb (Aust Imp) x Starkenburgh Society Babe
At North Shore KC Champ show 22 Feb, at his 2nd show and at just 3.5 months old, Kirby wins not only RESERVE OF BREED, but also BEST BABY PUPPY OF GROUP, and
BEST BABY PUPPY IN SHOW !
At NZKC Akld Benefit Champ Show 22 March, Kirby wins BEST BABY PUPPY OF GROUP
At Kumeu Champ Show 18 April, Kirby wins BEST BABY PUPPY OF GROUP, and BEST BABY PUPPY IN SHOW !!!
At EBOP Champ Show 3 May, Kirby wins his last BEST BABY PUPPY IN GROUP
At Hawkes Bay Champ Show 9 May, Kirby wins BEST PUPPY OF GROUP @ just 6 mths of age!
STARKENBURGH SHIMMER N STAR - "TREACLE" @ 4mths
Making her mark in the ring - 3 CC's from 3 shows - and only just 6 mths of age!!