Our dogs are all raised in our home as part of our family – we don’t own kennels. While I have a keen interested in showing them, they must fundamentally be healthy, happy, well-adjusted dogs who happily fit in with the day to day business (mayhem!) of life with toddlers and other pets. Although we don’t currently compete in obedience, trainability and intelligence are nevertheless of paramount importance to us. For me, there’s not half as much joy in owning a beautiful dog if that’s all there is to them!