Two brothers, each different, both so SPECIAL!
Can BIS/BISS GCh. Am. BISS GCh. Darkenwald
Cavalier O' SouthCar CGN, CHOF, HOF
Am / Can / Int Ch. Darkenwald Cut To The Chase
Clancy finished out 2010 as the #1 Keeshond show dog in the USA!
We are so proud of him and wish to thank his handler, Stacy Snyder for her care and expertise!
Still trucking at almost 12 years of age, Cutter is shown here after taking Best Veteran In Sweepstakes at the Delaware County KC dog show as part of the Celtic Classic cluster in York, PA. in March 2015. Thanks to long time breeder judge Jane West for this win. He had so much fun returning to the ring. His tail never stopped wagging and he did not stop smiling all around the ring! What fun we both had.
After a bout in 2017 with prostatitis, and being neutered, we hope to return to the Veteran Sweepstakes in 2018
Update: 2/8/2019 Our dear precious Cutter has passed from an aggressive intestinal Lymphoma. Chemo treatments kept it at bay for 4 1/2 months, but in the end cancer took it's mark. Cutter will be so missed at Darkenwald....
This special girl "Melody" bred by Rev. Ruthann Seibert and Suzette Lefebvre and now owned by Lynne Hewitt of Saskatchewan, Canada and Ruthann has been burning up the Canadian show rings, obtaining her Canadian Championship with most of her points achieved from Group placements and wins and taking Best Puppy In Show TWICE!
She and Lynne then ventured to the Keeshond Club of America Specialty in May where she took Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes at the California Sierra Keeshond Club Specialty in conjunction with the National Specialty then won BEST IN FUTURITY at the Keeshond National!! We are very proud of this young lady's accomplishments at only 10 months of age.
A year later she won BEST IN MATURITY at the Keeshond National, the first to win both Best in Futurity AND Best in Maturity.
"Melody" is out of Grand Ch. Shainakees Absolute Grace Is Grace and is sired by multi BISS Grand Ch. Jen'Ndi's Lyrical Dreams For Jo-Lyn, ROM.
Congratulations to Lynne and Ruthann on her American HOF and her recent litter of puppies!
"Melody" lives with Lynne Hewitt.
Whimsy is out of Stormy (seen above) and is sired by Mercy, RBIS MBISS BOSS MBISw BVSw Am GCHS/ BIS Can CH / BIS Int CH / UKC CH Shaiankees Abundant Asset Is Mercy, HOF. She had a whirlwind few months in the show ring, finishing her Championship at just one year of age. On the way she was Best in Puppy Sweepstakes at the Capital Keeshond Club Specialty show and finished with 3 major awards.
Nia is a litter sister to Whimsy and went to live her first year with her co-breeder, but proved to be a "baby shark" when it came to allowing her to get those little mats out of her abundant coat, so came back home to reside and proved very quickly that she was not going anywhere EVER again as she wormed her way into my heart immediately!
She showed a couple of times as a baby at the National Specialty Shows where she was an immediate hit, but then sat out until her sister Whimsy finished her Championship. Once she turned a year old, she came out gangbusters though, finishing her Championship AND Grand Championship in one years time, even with the Pandemic upon us!
Hello and welcome to Darkenwald Keeshonden!
My name is Suzette Lefebvre. I purchased my first Keeshond companion dog in 1972, got hooked on the breed, purchased my first show dog and began showing in conformation dog shows. I married my husband Ron in 1977 and he emotionally supported me in my habit and I have been showing ever since. In the last few years, multiple hand surgeries and a bad knee slowed me down and I have had to enjoy more shows from the sidelines instead of inside of the ring. We have finished over 50 Champions and have raised 52 litters to date. Since we cannot keep all the show dogs ourselves, many of our finest have made their way to establish or enhance other Keeshond kennels here in the USA and in Canada. We are honored to have many Obedience performers, and Conformation Champions, Best in Show, Specialty Best in Show winners, HOF and most recently Grand Champions and Agility Champions finish their titles. We are so proud of the co-owners of their accomplishments with Darkenwald dogs.
We are located in central Virginia, in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are the home to show, performance and companion Keeshonden.
Our dogs live in our home and are both show dogs and family companions.
Each breeding is carefully selected and both father and mother must pass health checks prior to any breeding to insure the most healthy puppies possible.
We are proud to be recognized by the AKC, for our diligence in health testing our breeding dogs:
GOLD LEVEL BREEDER OF MERIT PARTICIPANT AS OF OCTOBER 5, 2018!