Our start in dogs
After World War II, my mother, being a war bride, imported Dachshunds and German Shepherds from Germany to my childhood home in Herndon, Virginia. There, she developed her breeding program which eventually became “Cedar Row”– later known as Andarr Kennels. Originally, we bred standard smooth dachshunds and German shepherds, but added mini smooths and mini longhairs and finally standard long dachshunds. My mother was friends with Ben Klimkiewicz of Bencelia Dachshunds and Mary Howell of Bayard Dachshunds and co-bred dogs with them in those early years. As a young teenager I worked at Mary’s kennel and spent a lot of time around her beautiful standard longs. I knew then that they were my first love in the breed. My mother started showing her dachshunds in the mid 1950’s and I was the official “helper” at the shows holding dogs ringside and sitting with the dogs in the benching areas for many long hours. When I was in my early teens my parents divorced and the “kennel” dogs were all placed. I remained with my father in Herndon where we kept a few house dogs but did not breed again. While in college I acquired a standard long female, Bayard la Brindell, from Mary Howell. Brindell was with me for the next 18 years! In 1978, I acquired a beautiful male puppy, Am. & Can. Ch. Bayard le Jaguar CD, “Brando”, from Mary and started showing him. Realizing I was a novice in the show ring and the dog was worthy of a better handler I contacted Bobby Fowler, one of the best known dachshund handlers in the country, who showed Brando (and later many others) for me.
In the next 3 years I acquired three foundation bitches from Mary’s kennel, Bayard l’Arianne (Bridget), Ch. Bayard la Drucille (Trudy), and Am. & Can. Ch. Bayard l’Hyacinthe (Cynthi). These first four longhairs from the Bayard kennel are the foundation of my breeding program which became “Briardach’s”. It was during this time that I met Paul at a dog obedience class. We were married and together over the next several years we bred these beautiful Bayard bitches and their offspring developing the Briardach’s line.
In 2003 our beautiful bitch, Ch. Briardach’s Potluck, was Best of Variety at the Dachshund Club of America’s National Specialty Show, #6 Longhaired Dachshund and #1 Longhaired Bitch. In 2006 Potluck was the #2 Top Producing Longhaired Bitch. She now has her ROMX. Also in 2003, Potluck’s younger brother, Ch. Briardach’s Madison was Reserve Winners Dog at the DCA National Specialty and Best Puppy in DCA Sweepstakes, all coats. In 2008, at the DCA National Specialty BIS BISS Ch. Briardach's Uncle Sam was BOS to Best of Variety and finished the year number 3 in breed and all breed systems. In 2010 at the DCA National Specialty BIS BISS Ch. Briardach's Uncle Sam won an Award of Merit and was also Best Stud Dog in Show and his son BISS Ch. Briardach's Rock Star also won an Award of Merit. Several others of our dogs have done well in the conformation ring, been ranked in the top 20, invited to the Eukanuba Invitational Dog Show and have qualified for their ROM and ROMX titles.
We are proud of our beautiful longhairs and pride ourselves on their quality, temperament, consistency, coat, muscle tone, conformation and ability to work in field, earthdog and other performance events. We have several Briardach’s field champions, some are now dual champions and others with titles from the Briardach’s line. We have two Briardach’s dachshunds with Versatility Titles and hopefully more on the way!
Presently Paul and I are members of the Metropolitan Washington Dachshund Club and the Dachshund Club of America. Paul is on the Board of Directors of DCA. I am the Recording Secretary for MWDC and the Ways and Means Chair of DCA. I was the Show Chair for the Dachshund Club of America’s National Specialty Show in 1999 and 2009.