Dunham Lake Australian Terrier Philosophy

January 30, 2014
Just thinking this morning... I don't usually share personal feelings I might have on my open pages for the world to read, I save that for my secret/private DL family group. (If you are not yet a member, private message me and I will send you an invite theresaagoiffon@msn.com). But waking up this cold winter morning, to my 8 Aussies all around me, the snow coming down, the fire crackling, my daughter working on school work, I feel truly blessed and wanted to share our philosophy as a breeder of Dunham Lake Australian Terriers.

In our short time as a breeder, almost 8 years in the breed, having achieved many many successes in breeding and showing my Australian Terriers, many thanks to my daughters as well, no doubt I am very proud. Not many in our breed, well to be exact, only 15 other breeders in the history of showing Australian Terriers in the US, can say they bred a Best in Show. One of my bred by dogs "Scout" #1 Australian Terrier in American, going on 2 years in a row, has won 2 Best in Shows in 2013, he is going to Westminster again, and this year is only beginning. Neither can many can say they won Best Bred By at Eukanuba breeder/owner/handler 11 year old Ellie, my daughter, we can. Multiple dogs and multiple top awards were won by Dunham Lake bred Australian Terriers at the 2013 National Specialty. These are just a few of our highlights. Some show people talk about all the politics and "influencing Judges" I know that happens sometimes, with less than scrupulous exhibitors and judges, I have seen it too, but our wins are honest and true, as we don't operate that way and hold ourselves to a higher standard.

While our successes are many and these top awards given by many many judges, confirms our quality of breeding not only healthy and sound temperament Australian Terriers, but our over-all conformation of meeting the standard has been established. Striving to breed the best Australian Terriers, whether for show or family companions, is the most important and satisfying aspect of what we do. Showing top award winning Australian Terriers is rewarding no doubt, but their constant companionship and the wonderful families that have become our friends, through the process of adopting one of our puppies, is by far the best part for us.

We hear updates, photo's, questions, compliments, fun stories each and every day from my families that have one of our puppies, it brings us great joy! This is not a plug for puppy sales, I have waiting lists for my puppies, but it's something I wanted to share. 

Whether our dogs win, lose, continue to be the #1 Australian Terrier in America, like Scout, or just our best friend like Sparrow, who keeps my feet warm in my bed at night, enjoying our dogs, that is what is important. This breed is a devoted family dog and each one deserves no less than a wonderful happy loving family. In return, we as their caregivers receive so much more  

I hope you enjoy the photo's and updates here on my DL Facebook page or here on my website. I hope you have a clear picture what I believe is important in my breeding program. We are committed to this breed, and with my daughters as our future generation to continue this breed, I am filled with gratification.

I wish you all a very blessed and prosperous 2014!

Blessings,
Theresa
AKC Breeder of Merit, MBIS Breeder

 

2013 Highlights

December 19, 2013
2013 Highlights

Merry Christmas and a very Blessed 2014 to all!

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Best in Show!

June 26, 2013

Best in Show!

Grand Champion Dunham Lake Scoutmaster "Scout" our first bred Champion, Grand Champion, Multiple Group placing, Multiple Reserve Best in Show and now our first Best in Show!

What an Aussie! What a weekend! Our family was there, Scout's family was there, it was a very emotional experience for all of us. We are thrilled as you might imagine with this win and as it reflects our breeding program.

Breeding quality dogs, that are health and temperament tested, producing and evaluati...


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Natural Tails

December 16, 2012
I am receiving several emails and calls from people wondering why some of our dog's tails are  docked, some are natural. Why and what is the reason? 

Those are great questions and I have an answer!

I had a litter of puppies born July 4, 2012. I had one male puppy of the litter promised to my very dear friend in Sweden. It is not legal to dock tails in Europe, Many breeders here in the US, just pick one puppy and leave the tail. Docking is done when the puppies are 3 days old. I didn't want to d...
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Best in Show Daily Visits with Ellie Goiffon

February 21, 2012

Posted in: ProfilesTerriers | January 18, 2012 at 6:04 am

Interview by Christi McDonald

It is our great pleasure to introduce Best In Show Daily readers to one of the many talented young people who are contributing to the sport of purebred dogs. Ellie Goiffon has been enjoying plenty of success with her home-bred Australian Terriers, and we’d like to share her story with you.

Ellie and Gabby in Orlando.

1. Can you give us a brief bio of yourself, including your involvement showing dogs so...


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Dunham Lake Australian Terriers 2011

January 10, 2012

Dunham Lake Australian Terriers look back at 2011!


What a year it has been for Dunham Lake Australian Terriers.  We started 2011 with finishing our girl Kaih, to her championship and ending the year with winning the Best Bred-by Australian Terrier and 1st Award of Excellence, at the annual  invitational only, AKC National Eukanuba Dog show with our first Bred By Champion Dunham Lake Gabriella Touched by an Angel "Gabby".

There were many accomplishments and some tragic news along the way...


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Grooming your Australian Terrier

November 11, 2011

Australian Terrier Grooming Revisited
By: Theresa A.Goiffon
 
 

NEW! Visit my new grooming video and see the technique and tools I use to groom my dogs. Here is the link.


I would like to preface this with, I am by no means an expert groomer. I have learned to groom my Australian Terrier on my own. However, over the past couple years, I have also had the privilege to have a few experienced Australian Terrier Breeders and Handlers show me a few tips as well.

This blog was created because of the man...


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Australian Terrier Breed. Is it right for you?

August 23, 2011


Is an Australian Terrier Breed right for you and your family?

Choosing a dog that is right for you and your family is very important. There are many factors for you to consider.  There are many breeds to choose from. Large dogs, small dogs, active and passive in personality.  What best fits your family and your lifestyle. It can be a difficult decision, but a very important one.  So, take your time and make sure you pick the best breed for you, remember they will be a part of your life for...


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The First Australian Terrier Puppy Cam!

June 7, 2011

 

This is not about "self promotion" or " puppy sales" that's not the intent in any way. All of our puppies have their forever homes, as it is, we have a hard time keeping up with the demand for one of our puppies.  Anyone with a computer, a webcam and a bit of computer sense could do what we have done.

Actually, truth be told, my 12 year old daughter Ellie did the research, picked the web stream provider and got it all set up. Thank you Ellie :)  Yup, that's the truth. But it does take...


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Grand Champion Dunham Lake Scout Master "Scout"!

April 27, 2011

We are proud of all our Aussies at Dunham Lake Australian Terriers, whether they are Grand Champions, Champions, show dogs in training or simply a loving family companion.  Our focus is and always will be about breeding healthy, well socialized Australian Terriers for families.  Sure, we share our excitement when our dogs do well, either in conformation, obedience or the joy we get from an email or a call from one of our families sharing a story about their Aussie that came from us.

We...


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Breeder of Merit


Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, breeder and author. I home school 1 of our daughters the others are now on there own. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We have 6 Australian Terriers and 2 Australian Shepherds. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa