Stuart and I have owned Golden Retrievers for some 26 years and absolutely adore the breed.
Since we moved from Cape Town to 8 hectares in The Crags, 16 years ago and opened Savannalands Kennels & Cattery in 2010, I was finally in the right place, with sufficient time, to start breeding and showing our dogs.
We had our first litter in August 2011 and a second litter followed in November 2012. We had a third litter in October 2014, a fourth in December 2016, a fifth in November 2018 and a sixth in August 2019. I mainly breed when I want another pup to add to my breeding lines and for the show ring, so do not simply "churn out" puppies for other people.
I started showing some of our dogs in 2012 and continue to do so, with success.
To add to our South African lines, I imported two gorgeous bitches, Ch Stanroph Scarlett Rose of Savannalands (Rosie), from Spain, in 2013 and Ch Fenpinque Pradaspelle at Savannalands (Prada), from the UK, in 2014. Floyd, Ch Zenevieva Pink Floyd at Savannalands, joined us from Ireland in February 2016.
We imported semen for Prada from the Top Golden Retriever in Australia for 2016, Sup Ch Chaleur Hilfiger and Prada had a litter on 12 December 2016. We kept a girl, Indi, Savannalands Indigo Girl and a boy, Blue, Ch Savannalands Bright Blue from that litter. Both have already been shown a little and have done well in the ring, with Blue becoming a champion in September 2018.
We also imported semen from Irish boy JJ, Golden Rose-Bays Original Sin for Zenevieva, to use on our bitches in the future.