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Schapannro a small Ontario kennel devoted to the Schapendoes breed.

The Schapendoes, or Dutch Sheepdog, is a lightly built, lively dog.  Although there are only a few Schapendoes still actively working with flocks of sheep, the breed does not deny its sheepherding origin.

The Schapendoes belongs to the wide- ranging group of long haired herding breeds which have densely coated heads. He is related to the Bearded Collie, the Puli, the Owczarek Nizinny (Polish Lowland Sheepdog), the Bobtail, the Briard, the Bergamasco, and the German Schafpudil. All these similar dogs are smaller mutations of mountain dogs.

Although dogs have always been a love of my life, I didn’t get my first dog until 1995 in the form of a bouncy and impetuous female Wheaten Terrier.  Through her I discovered the wonderful world of dog training and sports.  She gave me my first obedience and agility titles, enabled me to get involved in teaching puppy classes, and introduced me to a whole new circle of wonderful friends.  In spring of 2001 at a routine vet visit we discovered that Molly had protein wasting disease.  One year later after numerous diet changes and what treatment we could provide, we made the heart wrenching decision to end her much-too-short but very full life.  When Molly was diagnosed with protein wasting, her breeder offered me an older puppy to foster so Emma our second Wheaten Terrier arrived in the summer of 2001.  She was very respectful of Molly – never pestering her to play and when the decision was made to euthanize Molly I was very grateful for her constant and loving presence.

Molly’s early demise however sent me looking for a new dog, both to breed (a lifelong desire) and to train for competition (obedience, agility, rally…).  I came across some pictures and information about the Schapendoes on the internet (a lot of it in foreign languages). I was intrigued. A little more searching and I found a number of breeders scattered in the province of Quebec.  A short holiday and several visits with the Schapendoes in Quebec and I was hooked. Tayana de la Bergerie (Taya to her friends) came to me in November of 2002, an adorable bundle of black and grey that immediately stole my heart.  She is a joy to train and trial, an honest dog that always tries her best (to learn more about all her accomplishments please go to OUR DOGS).

In July 2006, she was joined by another female Schapendoes, Rowena FL du Bouleau Blanc (Ro to her friends), a mischievous little rascal that is maturing into a delightful, happy and engaging young adult.

Our dogs are competitive show dogs but more importantly they are an integral part of our family.  Our goals for our Schapendoes are to raise healthy, beautiful and sound dogs that represent the qualities and characteristics of the breed that make them the wonderful dogs that they are.  Our breeding choices are made to produce a good, honest dog with a steady temperament, good work ethic and a structurally correct and athletic body.  We want dogs that will be gentle with children and other animals and good canine citizens for the community.

Enjoy your visit to our website, learn more about the Schapendoes, meet our wonderful dogs that are a big part of our lives.  If you are interested in exploring the possibility of adding a Schapannro puppy to your family, please feel free to contact us by email or phone or fill out our convenient Puppy Questionnaire and email or send it to us.  We’ll be happy to assist you in determining if the Schapendoes is the right breed for you and in choosing a wonderful puppy that will provide you & your family with many years of laughter, joy and companionship.





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