About Us

Thank you for your visit to our web page. And for your inquiry about our dogs !

The origins of our kennel come from  three breed lines of dogs from Chrys – Haefen and Skylon Kennels dating back to “Junior” [Can/Bda Ch. Nanno Chrys-Haefen Son of Skye SDHF], and from Saddleback Kennels dating back to Ch. Saddleback Verrity Forsooth, Ch. Saddleback Chauncey MacKinnon SDHF and to Saddleback Bobbi Sox.

We initially outcrossed  twice in acquiring and “finishing”  Can / Am Ch. Kyon’s for Valour and Victory SDHF [“Tango”] as a son of Can / Am Ch. Bachelor of Rye CDX; also Ch. Shaynedoro’s Talmi Gold [“Tali”] as a daughter of Can / Am Ch. Birnam Wood’s Douglas Furr SDHF.

We returned to breeding from Saddleback by back-breeding to Ch. Saddleback Oberon O’Shea.  More recent outcrosses included Ch. Sansue Lochinvar[GBR],  Mandingo Traveller [IRE] , and Can / Am Ch. Amberac’s Mesmerizing Mickey SDHF.

The immediate ancestors of our kennel thus include TOP GOLDEN in CANADA for at least 9 years in “Junior” [x3], “Mac” [x2], “Oberon” [x2] and in “Tango” [x2].  It was our honour to help care for “Mac” and “Verrity” in their old age. Our distant roots go back to Eng Ch. Camrose Cabus Christopher [we have a granddaughter by frozen semen] and from Eng Ch. Nortonwood Faunus. Our American heritage traces to Can / Am Ch. Birnham Wood’s Douglas Furr and to Can / Am Ch. Meadowpond British Blend via Can / Am Ch. Meadowpond Murphy’s Rainbow.

We currently own 20 bitches and 6 Dogs at the kennel, with 2 brood bitches who live  with family & friends except for whelping.

We lost  “Tango”   [Top Canadian Golden 1989 & 1990] to a malignancy, all too soon (12 & 1/2). 

We also recently lost our  “Bear” [Ch. Golden Sun of Silmaril CD] who adorns our ad in the print version of  The Dog’s Annual and on our Home Page on the Net [Also see the Memoriams page]; his son “Teddy” [Ch. Silmaril’s Ted E. Bear] also recently went to the ‘Rainbow Bridge’.

Our stud dogs currently include  “Duke” [Ch. Silmaril’s Chamberlain] and  “Rory” [Mandingo Sea Cruiser – an Northern Irish import]; there are up and coming youngsters  in “Vinny” [Silmaril’s The Balvenie] with 9 of 10 championship points, and “Ziggy” [Joyous Reizigger at Silmaril] a Dutch import . Our newest girl is  “Abi” [Caffimbra Caramel Dream for Osrealin] imported from the United Kingdom, whose son “Cody” [Silmaril’s master Coldfield] is has recently been tested for his ability as a stud ~ only time will tell what his children will add to Silmaril ? 

We  only breed Golden Retrievers, selling all animals directly to new clients; we do not function as “wholesalers” or “brokers”.We are not a pet shop.  We breed ‘English’ type Golden Retrievers that vary from cream to a medium / dark golden; we never have “mahogany” coloured  ‘American’  type dogs.

Based on our most recent client survey, we estimate that half of our animals go to “pet” homes, 25% to competitive Obedience or Tracking homes, 12% to Field Trial & hunting homes and about 8% to breeders active in Conformation.

We are members of The Canadian Kennel Club , The Golden Retriever Breeders Association of Ontario and The Better Business Bureau; we endeavour to abide by The Golden Retriever Club of Canada’s Code of Ethics and meet or exceed The Canadian Veterinary Medical Associations  ‘A Code of Practice for Canadian Kennel Operations’.

We sell all of our dogs on CKC non-breeding contracts until appropriate genetic screening is done after 18 to 24 months of age.  Our standard screening is OFA or OVC, CERF and SAS. Thyroid, sperm counts and brucellosis are checked on dogs & bitches when appropriate. All of our puppies are Veterinarian examined, have been wormed, had initial vaccinations and come with an International Health Certificate.

We occasionally (rarely) co-own bitches. Our stud services are limited to selected bitches with appropriate conformation and genetic screening. We prefer to clarify allof our agreements in written contractsand will abide by them.

We sell some dogs at a distance [Newfoundland to British Columbia and Alaska and California to the gulf coast : France,  and the ‘far east’ , to those whom we haven’t had the pleasure of meeting; in these cases we ask for a “referral” from a recognized dog breeder or from your own veterinarian etc. indicating that they know you will provide fully vaccinated, loving care in an appropriate setting!

We strongly encourage people to come and visit our kennel  if at all possible, getting to know ‘ the people ‘  behind the dogs!

We whelp several litters of puppies periodically throughout the year, limiting our breeding to about 50 or 60 puppies per year; aside from The Annual and the GRCC Breeder’s List, we have not found it necessary to advertise. We have serious requests for more than 150 puppies per year – our animals are often sold before they are born and sometimes before they are bred !

If you are interested in purchasing a Golden Retriever from us, please write, fax, phone or press the E-Mail key  or go to the ‘Contracts & Costs’ section on our home page, and leave us a message, requesting more information. Book an appointment to come to the kennel if possible; we will look at dogs and review our warranty.   Usually,  “first” visits are done as small group sessions with  two or three adult couples.  We discourage children visiting in these initial ‘fact finding’ visits for information gathering :  the “little ones” are too restless for the length of discussion required !  Subsequent visits are encouraged, including the entire family !

If you cannot come to visit us, we will send an information package by letter carrier, or will download the files to your E-Mail after we have spoken with you.

If you are still committed, we would accept a non – refundabledeposit to reserve a puppy.

Be SURE !

If we can help further, please let us know.

Michelle Seaborn   and Rick Stopps 

for 

Silmaril Kennels Limited