Saturday, June 28, 2008


Anytime you are considering bringing a purebred dog into your home, it is very important to consider the dog's temperament when choosing a breed or type of dog you want to be a part of your family. The temperament describes how they behave, their demeanor, their general personality and basic energy level. Is the dog nervous or calm? Do they listen to commands or are they constantly distracted?Are they in an anxious frenzy when you leave the house, or do they bid you adieu and go back to sleep when  you close the door behind you? Does the dog 
have aggressive tendencies or are they sociable and accept new situations and other dogs? Is the dog curious and inquisitive with new situations or is she shy and afraid to try new things? Does the dog show confidence and happiness when given a new task, or is she cowering and reluctant to move forward and try again? These are all good questions to ask when you are trying to determine what type of temperament your dog has.  A good temperament shows intelligence and soundness in a dog's mentality which is paramount in choosing a well-bred dog in conjunction with their conformation and health records. 

Both of my dogs, Hummer and Cher, have the best temperaments anyone could ask for in a dog. Both bred and raised at the Wine Country Pet Resort in Napa, both Karazan Dogs, are sweet, congenial, intelligent and gentle. They were easy to train as puppies, quick to understand the inside and outside routines, quick to understand what they should and should not chew or dig, and eased into my sleep and wake routines. They are happy quiet dogs who do not demand attention or food, they eat together and are happy in each others' company. They are obedient and affectionate and are the most sound dogs anyone could ask for. I look forward to bringing another Karazan dog into my home. 

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Jolie, #1 Newfoundland Bitch in All Breed

Jolie's campaign continues to take her to the high mark. Expertly handled by Bill McFadden and his group, she is making the large working group placements and even winning Best of Breed in Southern California venues, beating Titan and other top Newfoundlands. We are all very proud of Jolie and hope she continues on her road to Stardom. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Nice going Ch Karazan I'm No Angel'Ina Jolie!!

Hummer would like to offer a giant "Congratulations" to Jolie for going Best of Breed both days in Long Beach this past weekend and becoming #1  Newfoundland Bitch in All Breed points and moving her way up to the top of the Newfoundland Breed standings. We will see her again in Long Beach for the Eukanuba Nationals in December along with Ch Karazan Meet The Press (Preston) who are invited due to their Top 25 status. Looking forward to competing with you in Carmel!! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Saved! and To The Rescue

More examples of the Landseer Dog as depicted by the English painter, Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, showing their affinity for the sea and rescuing those in need. This is a dog with a very special instinct, including Newfoundlands of all colors, showing their true colors as a lifesaver and loyal companion. 

Monday, June 16, 2008

The Landseer

Many kennel clubs consider the Landseer to be simply a black and white variant of the Newfoundland, but the Federation Cynologique Internationale recognizes it as a separate breed. The breed was named after the British painter Sir Edwin Henry Landseer because in 1838 he created the painting "The Distinguished Member of the Humane Society". A white dog with a black head, black saddle, and black on the rear, it is in every way the same as the Black or Bronze Newfoundlands, with perhaps a slighter bone. They also enjoy the water and draft activities and are a very beautiful addition to the show ring. Here are a few examples of some gorgeous Landseer adults and puppies. 

Friday, June 13, 2008

Best Buddies

Always together, in each others' space, not that they  need warmth , or are competing for anything... just because...... they like each other, they are friends, companions, best buddies. 

Monday, June 9, 2008

Good Company

Many thanks  to Triton, Jolie, Satchel,Andrew, Bristol, and Axl, who make the dog shows fun, interesting and beautiful. All of the Karazan dogs have so much in common, whether it's their luxurious coats, sweet personalities, or congenial temperaments, they bring a lot of style, grace, and pizzazz to the show ring. 

Sunday, June 8, 2008


Enjoying three days of dog shows with perfect breezy sunny California weather, Hummer is now resting up for the rest of June until his next show in Carmel in July. He got several good looks from the judges but was not able to clinch the Breed title this time. Congratulations to Jolie who won Breed on Thurdsay and went on to get a Group 4 in a very large and competitive Working Group! A  big congratulations to Satchel for going Winner's Dog on Saturday and Axl doing the same on Sunday, both reaching closer to their Championship titles.