Welcome to the Dunhill Beardie Bunch
You have reached the website of Ray and Dr. Kathy Harrington, and presently Whitney, Tobie, Chuckie, Glory, our beautiful Tobie/Roy puppies, Sid the Kid, Olivia, Zack and Chloe. We have just added our new puppy Willy - a Junie Moon & Frank son. Junie is a Zack's sister.
Dunhill Bearded Collies began about 25 years ago with Bentley, our first Beardie. Since then, we have been committed to preserving and improving the breed through a thoughtful, educated and selective breeding program. Kathy and I are dedicated to breeding healthy, sound and well-balanced Beardies with excellent temperaments who are loving companions and "bunches" of fun. Kathy fell in love with Beardies when she saw them on TV and in magazines. She researched the breed and knew immediately Beardies were the dog for us. As a teacher and school principal, it was the perfect breed to make connections with kids and adults through school visits, pet therapy and other programs.
Through the encouragement of friends, we became interested in showing dogs and with the their help and advice we started our show career and breeding program. We have been fortunate to have a very successful breeding and show dog program with top winning Beardies who meet the standard of excellence of the breed.
We have shown 32 Beardies that we have owned or co-owned to their AKC and Canadian Championships and have bred 40+ AKC Champions to date. We owe much of the success of our Beardies in the show ring and whelping box to many of the most successful kennels in Beardies - Jande, Ha'Penny, Windfiddler, Crisch, Edmar, Potterdale and Ragtyme.
Ray is a member and former board member of the Bearded Collie Club of America and is a member of and the AKC Delagate for our local all breed club - South Hills Kennel Club.
We bred our first litter in 1990 and have bred about 10 litters since then. Our puppy placement requirements include prospective owners filling out our questionnaire and agreeing to the terms of our companion or show dog contracts. Our contracts contain our health guarantees and also a return clause requiring owners to send back any of our puppies if the owners cannot keep him. All puppies we breed are ultimately our responsibility for their lifetime.
Some of the accomplishments of the dogs we have bred or co-owned include BCCA National Specialty Best In Show, multiple winners of All Breed Best In Shows, Best In Sweeps at national and regional shows, BBE Herding Group win at the Eukanuba National Championship, multiple group winning dogs and many #1 and Top Ten ranked dogs over the last 25 years.
Our belief is that you are purchasing a companion first and all of our puppies are raised in our kitchen and well socialized to provide that companionship. All puppies have experienced being the center of attention at a school full of kids before they move on to their next home. We are dedicated to sending healthy and happy puppies into people's lives. It's amazing how many new friends we have made with families enjoying the companionship of owning a Dunhill Beardie puppy.