The story of the Windemere Pekingese began way back in 1961 when I purchased a pet white male. He was a dearly loved companion and led me to a lifetime of dedication to the breed. In 1969 I finished my first Champion and have been breeding and exhibiting ever since. I have always considered myself a breeder, but know how important it is to finish Champions so the rest of the world will know the quality of my line. Since starting I have finished over 100 champions, many of them going on to Group, Specialty Best In Shows and All Breed Best In Show wins.
I would like to give you a little background on my line. It has been based on several outstanding dogs, including sons of Ch. Fu Yong of Jamestown, Ch. Dan Lee Dragonseed, and Ch. Rodari the Dragon at LonDu. I have always considered the bitch line to be very important and have seldom brought in a new one. I bred two bitches to Ch. Rodari the Dragon which produced five Champions, the most famous one being Ch. Windemeres Hard To Be Humble (Playboy). Although Playboy is no longer with me, he received his Sire Of Distinction award with the championship of his 12th champion progeny: Windemeres Glory Bound.
Several years ago I bought Cambalu Sunstorm who finished his championship and has been awarded his Register of Merit. Ch. Sunstorm is linebred to Ch. St. Aubrey Dragonfly of Elsdon a son of the great Ch. St. Aubrey Laparata Dragon. We have produced several top winning dogs with this combination of Playboy and Sunstorm, including his last son, Ch. Windemeres Call Me Sunstorm, co bred by Elizabeth Tilley. He was a Sweepstakes winner his first time in the ring and finished quickly. Stormy is quite small at 7 ½# and I finally reached the point where I had to increase size in my line and he has gone to Prairie Breeze Pekingese where he will be a definite asset to their line of larger bitches.
Recently, I had the good fortune to have Ch. Windemeres Peter Piper Sing Lee BISA back in my kennel to breed to some of my bitches. He has produced our current winner, Can. Ch. Windemeres Heir Apparent who has just won his first major in the states. I have also purchased Ch. Linn Lees Peterson, another Piper son who is out of a black Champion bitch. He should do great things when bred to my bitches, both solid color and white.
Which brings up the fact that I have recently embarked on the task of breeding Champion quality whites. I had quite a nucleus of white and cream bitches, most of which were descended from Ch. Playboy, and was fortunate enough to purchase Singlewell Tonic from Pam Edmond of the renowned English Singlewell kennel. Tonic is now AM & CAN CH. SINGLEWELL TONIC and has produced several American Champions for us. His puppies are all stamped with the wonderful large, round, black eyes and his wonderful black pigment. Tonic has gone to Marie Peterson in Denmark to enhance her current line of whites and blacks.
Thinking ahead to the next generation, I purchased SACKIKO GOLD DIGGER FROM PEKEHUIS from Winnefred Mee in the fall of 1999. He was just a puppy and I was fortunate to have Joyce Shipley bring him to me at the Rotating Specialty in Dallas. Digby is a crème and is not white bred. He was bred by Mrs. Hughes in England, and is the litter brother to Eng. Ch. Sachiko Golden Peace, one of Englands top winning specials in 2001. We specifically purchased him to breed to Ch. Tonic daughters and his first litters are looking very good. Digby goes back twice to Eng. Ch. Tenling Golden Arrow of Pekehuis and once to Ch. Yakee For Your Eyes Only. Digby is now an American Champion and has proven to be a real asset to my kennel.
My top priority as a breeder has always been soundness. I am a firm believer that you can breed a sound, typey, Pekingese that will do you proud in the show ring. I know that head and coat are important, but you have to have the soundness first. We will continue to strive for these goals in our breeding program