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Wire Fox Terrier
Kerry Blue Terrier
Telephone 01888 511003
and welcome to the Granddach website.
Welcome to our website, We are Calum and Mairi Grant - We have 5 children, Ben aged 15, Rhiannon aged 13, Joshua aged 10, Carys aged 8 and Nathan aged 6 yrs. We live near Turriff in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Calum is a Self Employed Painter and Decorator and Mairi is a Clinical Counsellor and previously worked at Ladysbridge Hospital for Special Needs and studied Clinical, Pastoral and CBT Counselling and Criminal Psychology and continues to study but at the moment stays at home with the children and dogs. Calum and Mairi both are undertaking training in Canine Behaviour and Psychology with 'Compass'- (The College of Canine Studies and Animal Behaviour) and are working towards their KCAI Accreditation with the Kennel Club. Calum and Mairi are also UK Kennel Club Affiliates as well as members of the Scottish Kennel Club and many breed clubs. Mairi also runs a Ringcraft dog training club at Birkenhills for show dogs and puppies and has started Dog Show Judging.
We hope you find the site useful and informative and hope you can feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. In case you were wondering, GRANDDACH means GRANT'S in Scottish Gaelic. We love Scotland and in particular the west coast and islands - hence the choice of kennel affix
In 1998 Calum and I got married, had a couple of kids and thought we would have a dog to complete our family - or so we thought (5 kids and quite a few dogs later !!!)
We have always had a great fondness and love for the Wire Haired Fox Terrier, it is now our main breed and our interest in them was a very natural progression from Airedales (our first breed we bought as a couple) We have had Wire Fox Terriers for many years, they have given us and our kids a tremendous experience and many happy comedy filled years, we have very hopeful show prospects and have had a great overall experience having had much success in the show ring, we have our own Granndach Fox Terrier home bred generations and look towards continued success showing. Daisy (our latest home bred pup) will be showing throughout 2015, we are very excited for her to enter the showring in March!
The Wire Fox Terrier is a very comical breed and are very mischievous, but yet loving and affectionate, somewhat independent, always busy and full of character, they can be strong willed and are sometimes a challenge in the early months with their cartoonic mischief although- if trained well this breed is an absolute pleasure as adults, they are a wonderful companion dog for children and are very patient and always up for a bit of fun, they are highly intellegent and in our opinion, a home is not a home without a fox terrier! their coat requires quite a lot of work if it is to be kept in show condition and requires hand stripping which is time consuming and tiring, pet dogs can be clippered which is much easier but coats can lose a bit of colour and texture if clipped so before buying a Fox Terrier one should consider the grooming and of course the character of this breed to make sure it suits with your lifestyle. Wire Fox Terriers need firm, fair and consistent daily training until they reach adulthood and continued leadership from there onwards.
Another of our breeds we have had lots of experience of is the Kerry Blue Terrier, We have owned Kerry Blue for over 8 years and currently have Peggy in our family, she came to us 3 years ago as a puppy she began showing in February 2012 at 6 months old and within 2 shows she took Best In Show! we couldn’t really have asked for better, she has since had another Best in Show and numerous 1st's and terrier group 1 placings as well as her 'Show Certificate of Merit' We hope to have our first Kerry Blue litter in Spring 2014
The Kerry Blue is a very biddable, loving and affectionate breed and very loyal bonding very closely with their families, great companions for children and are very hardy and robust, slightly larger than the Fox Terrier and with a wavy/curly coat which is very soft to touch and also completely non shedding, in the past they have been known to be feisty with other dogs but in our experience we have never seen this in our Kerry Blues but it is certainly worth noting when beginning training and socialisation to limit these possibilities as males in particular can be very dominant with other males and are not for people who are not willing to put in hours of training and socialising. The Kerry is a pleasure to own and a very affectionate obedient breed and not as head strong as the Wire Fox and other terriers if consistently trained. They are easily touched and don't like harsh training, Grooming which is a complete scissors trim is an art which with time and patience can be learned and The Kerry Blue you see at Crufts is not born like this! it is groomed into this shape so grooming is a consideration before buying this breed as is the training and socialising. This adorable breed is just simply wonderful.
We also have a Miniature Pinscher, Rhiannon's little dog Coco. Coco has been a very loyal friend and companion to Rhiannon and has been a huge support to her in coping with her Asperger syndrome, this is a breed we have a lot of experience of as we had a rescue Min Pin bitch 'Lacey' many years ago, we also owned a male Min Pin named 'Boris' more recently we sadly lost our precious Miniature pinscher Chyna in 2012, she died suddenly at age of 4 and broke our hearts, a loss I don’t think we will ever get over but has made us love the breed even more. the Min Pins as they are commonly known just adore the children and in particular Rhiannon and Carys, they have made wonderful companions, we adore the breed, love their energy and affection. They are quite unique and very comical, they bond very closely with their family and are naturally suspicious of strangers until they know that the strangers have good intentions, they are a tiny breed but they are blissfully unaware of this and are very bold around other dogs and show no timidity but at the same time are very happy in a large group of dogs in a home and enjoy being in larger numbers of Min Pins, it is almost impossible to have only one!!! Coco, despite her tiny size is the boss of all our dogs! This breed, like the Fox terrier needs firm, fair and consistent training. There are not many grooming considerations with this breed, simply keeping them clean nails, ears and teeth and that's about it, so by far an easier breed from this point of view but due to their size and vulnerability, careful consideration has to be made towards their safety, particularly as young puppies.
Last but certainly not least is Dyllis. Dyllis is a Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican Hairless). We were on a waiting list for 8 years to own one of these wonderful dogs and finally in 2014 our wishes came true in the form of a tiny hairless bitch (apart from her adorable Mohawk, hairy feet and tail). Dyllis entered into our life and hearts and has completely won us over, Dyllis is one of 2 Hairless Xoloitzcuintle bitches in Scotland and one of only a few in the UK, (some Xoloitzcuintle are born coated and have a flat shiny coat much like a miniature pinscher) she is the most captivating, loving, affectionate dog ever, full of mischief, very comical in her behaviour and just full of fun. Everyone who meets Dyllis falls head over heels in love and even those who were determined they wouldn’t! Xoloitzcuintle are a primitive historical captivating breed and have characteristics of such, they have eyes that you would think looked into your soul and are very in tune with their human families, knowing your moods and feelings and responding accordingly, they are highly intelligent and have huge capacity to learn . They are very easily touched and need calm gentle instruction, they need skincare in the form of sunscreen on hot days and being moisturised every other day and of course due to being hairless- on colder days they need doggy clothes!!! Perhaps Dyllis has a better wardrobe than us! Dyllis is a dream come true for us, a very long awaited little friend, we are very very proud to own this fascinating amazing breed and only too happy to tell the world about the unique, beautiful Xoloitzcuintle! We are huge advocates for this breed which was almost extinct and are very protective of their vulnerability and are avid supporters of health testing to ensure this breed now has a wonderful future.
We have qualified for Crufts with our dogs every year since 2008 but due to commitments at home we personally have so far been unable to actually be there however one of our wire fox terriers went with a handler in 2011 and got a 2nd at his first ever show, the same dog got reserve best in show at the Fox Terrier Club of Scotland the following year, we have qualified 4 dogs for Crufts 2013 and 2014 and 2015, our son Joshua has also qualified for Crufts 2014 as Junior Handler as well as qualifying for the ' Junior Handler Finals' at Richmond for the past 4 years and 'Scottish Junior Handler of the Year' for 4 years which we think is quite an achievement for a 10 year old.
When you have a pack consisting of the above dogs and have them all get along with each other, it is hard work and training is a must, however we are very fortunate in that our pack is a very peaceful one but only because firm training was in place right from the start. We have time to entertain/stimulate/train them daily otherwise we would not recommend owning 4 breeds. We would like to be in a position where we would have a litter from our bitches (none of which we have bred so far) in the future so to have a continued generation of our own breeding in the show ring. That way we know exactly the temperament, nature and character of the dogs we own which for us is very important, if we breed our own litters then we know for sure what we are dealing with and that pups will be suitable around our children and home. This is our main motivation for breeding our own dogs rather than buying, breeding a litter is a massive responsibility and not one we undertake lightly, we only breed when we want a pup for ourselves for show.
Our children are very interested in Junior Handling and are members of the Young Kennel Club and the Junior Handling Association, Ben has been consistently placed at dog shows since 2009 and had a very good start, he is taking a break from JH at the moment due to other commitments, Josh has had a very successful start being placed at every show in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and winning The Best Junior Handler Trophy at upwards of 20 shows, he is very keen and loves to train, he will no doubt continue to reap the rewards of all his hard work, Josh wants to be a professional handler in the future. Rhiannon also sometimes handles for us at show and takes part in Junior Handling when she feels like it and also does very well, even the smallest 2 children are showing lots of interest in learning to handle dogs which at times causes much hilarity, I think even the dogs laugh! Carys began handling in 2014 and has handled at only 2 shows and got placed 2nd in each and with practice I’m sure she will be a great wee handler. We are glad the children have shown such an interest in working with the dogs as it is important for them to realise the amount of work , money and time involved in raising a litter, keeping dogs in general and also training, grooming and preparing for show, they can learn animal husbandry from a young age so that when they grow up and have pets of their own they will be capable of caring for them properly and responsibly. It will hopefully give them a good hobby to take them through their teenage years as we know how easy it is for our teenagers to be led astray these days so we hope this is something they will remain interested in and get involved in to keep them busy.
We have a very busy year ahead as we will have at least one Wire Fox Terrier, 1 Kerry Blue Terrier and a Xoloitzcuintle showing as well as helping prepare Granddach pups owned elsewhere for the show ring, it will be a good challenge for us and the kids to be so busy showing and preparing. In total at home we have 5 dogs (including 2 youngsters) and we co own several others, we are not a large kennel which is great for us as our dogs are very much our family pets as much as they are show dogs or otherwise, we have the time to exercise our dogs daily, although we have an acre of garden ground, a 6 acre field and surrounding countryside we like to take them out and about into town and public places frequently and have them socialise with other dogs and people and of course our small flock of MV Accredited Zwartbles and Southdown sheep! we also run Ringcraft training classes at Birkenhills for show dogs and puppies and our dogs enjoy it as much as we do.
We breed very infrequently and only when we want to breed something for ourselves for showing, our surplus babies have gone to show/pet homes and have brought much joy to these families. Most important to us however is the temperament and health of our dogs/pups above all else. We are blessed with very good dogs which have a great nature and our desire is to see others enjoy the same pleasure, we have young children who obviously come first, we therefore have to have dogs which we can trust to be around them all day, so much of our focus is in breeding only from this temperament and true to type dogs and in socialising the pups and as you can imagine with 5 youngsters on the go they get played with lots. We spend a lot of time in early training to get the pups off on the right track , we have dogs that are very much within breed standard and expect our offspring to also be of this quality therefore we do encourage new owners to consider showing as there is always a possibility of a future champion. We love showing our dogs but it is by no means the most important thing to us and would never be to the detriment and welfare of our dogs, it has to be fun for them too, that way everyone can enjoy a happy healthy hobby.
Some of our breeds are becoming endangered and only by breeding responsibly and carefully and ethically will we ensure these lovely dogs continue being seen in years to come. All our litters are very carefully planned and all our surplus pups have good homes before they are born. All of our adult dogs have any necessary health screening and testing and we have had no health issues arise in any of our dogs at Granddach. Seeing all our pups arriving into the world and watching them grow up and go to great homes is such a pleasure, although we miss each and every one when they go. We are very particular as to where our surplus pups go and have a waiting list which affords us the ability to choose the most suitable forever homes. We are 'KC Assured Breeders' and therefore strictly follow the necessary requirements of the scheme which in turn ensures the pups are off to the best start possible, it ensures we never become complacent and our new puppy owners can be confident of this also. Our adult dogs have undergone any necessary health checks required by the Kennel Club and individual breed clubs and we had a Kennel Club Assured breeder scheme inspection late in 2011 which went very well and we have a copy of the report available if anyone wishes to see it.
On the rare occasion we have a litter our new puppy owners leave with a KC registration paper, Microchip, Vaccinations, 5 generation pedigree paper, KC Assured Breeders puppy sales wallet with all the information needed regarding their new baby, a breed book, a crate and bedding, lead and collar, a few weeks supply of food and an after-sales service where they can feel free to contact us for advice or help with grooming and indeed just to catch up and discuss how they are getting on.. Our pups are raised in the family home and love being part of everyday life. They are taken in the car to get them used to travelling and have also been known to sit on command before they leave us. They are extensively socialised and we begin paper training and outdoor training and have them wear collars and walk on the lead. They have a huge amount of time, love and effort dedicated to them. If you have any questions in regards to our breeds, our showing, our litters or indeed general canine enquiries we would be more than happy to answer any questions and discuss our dogs with you.
The breeds we have are by no means renowned to be easy dogs to have, the terriers are loveable, affectionate, cheeky and cute but also stubborn and challenging and can be dominant with other dogs requiring a firm but fair and consistent training and therefore may not be the breed for everyone, the Toy breeds have no idea of their size and can be just as challenging as larger breeds on the other hand they are among the most friendly, fun loving and sweet dogs, great with children and people, not too demanding and in the right hands an absolute pleasure but in the wrong hands - as with any breed - they can be a potential nightmare. Our experience with all the breeds we have has always been a very positive one and bearing in mind we have 5 children we have to make very responsible choices because naturally our children’s safety comes first as does the safety of prospective owners and their families, the temperament of our dogs is wonderful and they are fantastic with children but a dog is a dog! so with this in mind we ask that only very serious knowledgeable people who have done their breed specific homework approach us with puppy enquiries as we have the care and welfare of our dogs and puppies as priority in all we do here at Granddach.
Thanks for taking the time to read about us and our beautiful dogs.
Do You have the time to devote to a dog's needs?
Do you have the finances to supply all your dog's needs?
Are you able to exercise and provide stimulation for the dog according to its needs?
Are you equipped to train the dog and socialise it?
Will you still be willing to groom/exercise/provide for your dog each day in 5 years time and 10 years time?
Have you got adequate knowledge of dogs and your breed in particular?
"Your dog may be living with humans in a human world, but his instincts remain pure dog."
"The secret of successful training is to learn how to communicate with your dog in a way he understands."
"It is easier to blame problem behaviour on a dog's character than to look at how the environment we have created may be affecting it."
Dogs unfortunately get the blame for being badly behaved in many instances, ie Rottweilers have a reputation for being nasty when in actual fact statisitically thay are among the most steady breeds with fewest attacks, it is only that when they do attack it tends to be more serious than a Yorkshire Terrier for example which stastically is more likely to bite, the smaller breeds are by far more likely to be a handful if not raised properly and it has EVERYTHING to do with how the dog is raised and socialised and very little to do with the breed of dog, if any breed is purchased from a responsible, caring breeder and raised in the right way it will be very unlikely to ever pose a problem or a risk however to buy a dog from an unknown breeder or backstreet breeder and not raise it properly can lead to serious consequences. A toy poodle is as capable of attack as a Doberman or other breed wrongly deemed dangerous if it is not treated as it ought to be, so with this in mind we only would have our pups go to those we consider responsible and knowledgeable of our breeds and dogs in general. There have been many temperement tests done in dogs and we are happy to say that all our breeds are among the most steady and safe dogs to have around people and in particular children, based on various temperament tests our breeds score well into the 90% and above range for safety and reliability but we cannot become complacent as we have stated before, any dog as soon as it is born has potential to harm if not raised correctly.
People have a tendency to humanise dogs and we forget they are dogs.
The do not like to be pampered like humans, they definitely do not
understand the English language(or any other for that matter) but yet
we have conversations with them??? We dont like it when a puppy comes
home and goes poo poo everywhere, we expect them to know our feelings
and words and to comply to our lifestyle and this is not the case,
they have minds of their own, they enjoy being dogs and feel more secure
if treated with respect as a dog and not a human, many behaviour problems
are born out of anthropomorphism and our inability to seperate canine
from human, research shows that dog psychology is very dissimilar to
human psychology and when we cross the line and humanise dogs we see
jealousy, bites, attacks, nervous behaviours and many more unattractive
traits, we would strongly recommend any potential owners read some
material on dog behaviour, ie 'Cesar Millan', 'Victoria Stillwell'
etc as well as breed specific books so that they are properly prepared
for their important task of raising a well balanced well mannered companion
which can go on to keep our breed characteristics and reputation good
so that generations of these terriers in the future can be just as
sound as those which have gone before.
Oscar at Crufts 2011
Calum & Mairi Grant
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