History Of Drishaun
We have owned, shown and bred Afghan Hounds since the early 70`s.
Back in 1972, and with a previous partner, Avril owned and bred Afghans under the AVIBAR prefix. Mike, with a previous partner, owned and bred Afghans under the LANDHAVI prefix. We joined forces in 1984 and since then have had great success producing Champions, CC and Reserve CC winners for ourselves and many other exhibitors. To date we have owned or bred 21 UK Champions and several CC, Reserve CC and Junior Warrant winners, which makes us one of the most successful kennels in the UK.
Our lines have been based almost exclusively on MOONSWIFT bloodlines and CARLOWAY type and we are the only English kennel to consistently produce this beautiful type of ENGLISH Afghan.
In 1993 we broadened our horizons with the acquisition of a quarantine born puppy bitch from Australia. Bred by Lynda and John Race, Kaskarak, she carried lines back to the foundation of our kennel, Ch Moonswift Moonglade, plus valuable new blood from some of the best Australian kennels. Ch Kaskarak Alice Springs gained her title in 1999 and in 2000 produced another generation of Drishaun progeny. Sadly she left us at the end of 2004 and is greatly missed.
In 1998 history was made when we bred the first ever litter of Afghan Hound puppies born in the UK by artificial insemination using frozen semen from the Gazon kennel, USA. This widened our gene pool yet again and the litter has gone from strength to strength, three from this litter are now Champions plus another with RCC.
1999 saw the addition of more international bloodlines with the addition of a young dog from the Alphavilles kennel in Sweden who combined the best of Scandinavia with a touch of Australia. Erik sadly left us in 2008.
In 2010 we went back to the Gazon kennel to import 2 grandchildren of the legendary "Chevy" and this brother/sister duo have immediately had an impact on the UK show scene. In just 14 weeks and 7 shows Remy gained his UK title in style by also winning Group 1 at Belfast 2010. Iris won her title in November and also has a Group 3 to her credit. Remy's daughter Cherry, Sumahari Carolina Cherry By Drishaun, joined us in the summer of 2011 and at 18 months was sent to the Gazon Kennels in USA where she has since gained her USA title. In early 2012, Remy's son Leon, Javidan All In The Name Of Drishaun 3 RCC, and daughter Lily, Javidan You're All I Need Drishaun Joined us. In 2012 Iris was mated to CH Drishaun Declan and produced 10 beautiful Red Puppies Indigo, Ch Drishaun It Ain't Over 3CC's 1RCC and Jasper, Drishaun This Ain't Goodbye stayed at Drishaun along with their sister Rosie, Drishaun Ain't Misbehaving At Javidan who is owned by Claire O'Donnell. Claire came to work at Drishaun when Iris had her babies! In 2014 Iris had her second litter to CH Shimalma Colour Of Magic (A Dwayne Grandson) and created Drishaun history, the first ever BLACK puppies bred by Drishaun... an entire litter of black and tans! Ivana Drishaun In Black Velvet and her brother Bollinger, Drishaun A Black Tie Affair along with sister Jasmine, Drishaun Black Jasmine (owned by Claire) and Commando Drishaun Black Hawk Down (owned by Jym and Debbie Webb - Gazon) stayed at Drishaun. 2015 saw Tyrion and Daenerys Shimalma Sanguinello With Drishaun and Ch Shimalma Mango Sunrise Over Drishaun JW ShCM 3CC (Dwayne Great Grandkids) Join Us. In 2017, we welcomed Cocoa - Danluke Dark Chocolate Drishaun! The first whippet at Drishaun! in 2018, Claire joined the Drishaun affix!
Truly now an international kennel yet still maintaining English type and quality.
We both award CCs in Afghan Hounds and judge other Hound breeds. Avril also awards CCs in Salukis. Mike judged Afghan Hound Bitches at Crufts 2012. We have both judged in USA, Ireland and Germany. Mike has also judged in South Africa.
We are both Members of The Kennel Club and both serve on the Committee of the Yorkshire Afghan Hound Society, Mike currently holding the position of Vice Chairman and Avril has been Treasurer since 1995.
We have owned or co-owned two Deerhounds, one of which won 2CCs before his untimely death.
We also owned or co-owned two Salukis - Labakan Limoges "Macaroni" and his brother Labakan Cameo "Mickimoto" both very handsome black fringed fawns, sadly no longer with us.
Top Breeders 2004 Our Dogs/Pedigree Competition.
KC Assured Breeders - Accolade of Excellence