Dlarah Kennel (established in 1977) is situated 200klms from Sydney, at Bathurst in central western NSW - Australia.
How I started in the breed
In late 1994 my sister Jan rang me, whilst I was working in Bourke, remote NSW, and asked if I was interested in helping a friend of hers, Mandy (Lynette) Lees of Leesway Kennels to promote a rare breed called a Swedish Vallhund. My response was, “what is a Swedish Vallhund, never heard of it” I thought. A look costs nothing so when I arrived back home at Christmas 1994 I contacted Mandy and asked to have a look at the dogs and see what sort of help she expected. I arrived at Mandy’s on Boxing Day, which is the 26 December in Australia, we hit it off and discussed each others expectations, I looked at the dogs and left Mandy’s home with three Swedish Vallhunds. They were Swede, Anna and Abba (who was later re-homed with Maureen Wright).
After owning two breeds, English Setters and Border Collies, which are often referred to as glamorous and flashy due to their long coats and colour markings, my initial thoughts when seeing the Swedish Vallhund for the first time was; plain but attractive with something very appealing about them. After the dogs and I had our initial settling in period, I started to discover their personality, wonderful nature and intelligence and have not looked back since.
Dlarah achievements include:
My love of the breed
has become a great passion I am thankful for the Swedish Vallhund coming
into my life and giving me many great pleasures and happiness in the
past eleven years. Forever grateful to my dogs for the joy, fulfilment
and companionship that they give me everyday, there is nothing more
rewarding than to observe and be apart of their humour and devotion.
Medical experts say that laughter is one of the greatest medicines; well
own a Swedish Vallhund and you have a dose of laughter everyday.