About Us

The Karmeliann story started in 2002 when my life changed suddenly following a riding accident, I found myself at home and miserable. I had always wanted a dog but my work as a nurse had made that impossible, but now things were different so I searched the internet for one of those shaggy dogs I had always liked and found they were Bearded Collies, and so it began…..

Along with my partner at the time, I found a small kennel in Cornwall with a litter of puppies and soon after that Jack (Trevorry Hickory Dickory) came to live with us. He was a bundle of fun and he made a very difficult time in my life much easier.

At the end of 2003 we decided another puppy would be a great idea as a companion for Jack, little did we know where that would lead!

After a bit of a search we were directed to Gill Burfitt of Breaksea Beardies in North Wales, she had a puppy available at the time but she really wanted him to go to a show home. She asked how we felt about the possibility of showing him and after some discussion we decided to give it a go with Gill’s help and support. And so, a very long drive later, Arty (Ir Ch Breaksea Allegro JW ShCM) came to join our family.

What we hadn’t realised at the time was how unusual it was to find a fawn Beardie in the show ring in the UK and maybe our naivety was the making of our success?

Arty was a born showman, he loved going to shows from the very first time and so began my steep learning curve of everything Beardie and this strange new world of dog shows.

Under Gill’s guidance we had many successes and then in March 2005 we went to our first Crufts where much to our surprise and delight Arty won a big junior dog class! I think this was the moment the bug truly took hold.

After this we decided to start the Karmeliann affix and went back to Gill and Alan for a bitch to mate with Arty. So Macy (Breaksea Paint It Black For Karmeliann) joined the gang in 2006 and was followed by Heidi (Breaksea Andromeda For Karmeliann), one of Arty’s daughters at the beginning of 2008

2009 saw our first home bred litter from Macy to Arty and from this I kept Merlin (Karmeliann Stargazer JW ShCM) my little blue man who so far has followed in his father’s footsteps, also winning his class at his first Crufts in 2011 and gaining his Junior Warrant and Show Certificate of Merit.

In 2010 I made the decision to split from my partner and therefore splitting the dogs between us. So Arty, Heidi and Merlin became the foundation of the Karmeliann kennel and were joined by Kira (Balidorn Crazy Love For Karmeliann) in January 2011.

I now live on a farm in North Somerset, not far from Cheddar Gorge where there is lots of beautiful countryside for the dogs to run and play in.

The coming year promises to be an exciting one with a full show schedule for the boys and potential litters from Heidi & Kira. I also have several judging appointments at open shows and companion shows around the country this year which I am looking forward to immensly.

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