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The dog lover in his breeding aspires after no material
and external advantage. He allows himself to be
contented with the fact that association with noble,
beautiful and gifted creatures, the observation of the
phenomena of their lives, and the examination of all that
happens in their breedings afford him a whole cycle of
pure joys and contentment, and allow him to penetrate
further into the secrets and the mysteries of Nature.
These joys will repay him, (who indulges his fancy
without self-seeking,) for all the sacrifices in money,
time and trouble, and even for all failures and disillusions.
-Capt. Max von Stephanitz

I have a premonition that soars on silver wings,
It is a dream of your accomplishment
Of many wondrous things,
I do not know beneath which sky
Or where you'll challenge fate,
I only know it will be high,
I only know it will be GREAT!


We hope to someday be a small hobby kennel that emphasizes the total Dog.
Whether in the home, on the training field, or in the conformation ring, Rioghail dogs will be up to the challenge.
All of our dogs are raised and trained from puppies. Once they have joined
our family a dog remains part of the clan for the duration of his or her life.
Rather than use professional trainers or handlers; we are out there in the field and
the ring training and competing with our dogs. This may cause us to take longer to achieve our goals, but it is well worth it.
A close involvement with raising, training, and competing allows us to
honestly evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of temperament, structure and
working ability. We don't just claim to have "total dogs", we will prove it...


Our goal is to breed a few litters
on a limited basis, once we find the dog that has the qualities
and characteristics deserving to be passed on.

Our desires are to work toward improvement of the breed we
love so well not to produce for fame or money.

While all our dogs are loved and cherished by us. And
while all our dogs have excelled at one thing or another.
We have not found that one outstanding total dog who has what
we are looking for to become the foundation of our kennel.
But that is ok. For we'll keep working and learning  and,
most importantly; having fun enjoying time with our dogs.

        We believe that whether you are looking for , a show prospect, a competition prospect
        or that special family companion  you deserve exactly the same integrity, honesty and
        follow-up from Rioghail Kennels.  We are a family oriented kennel and are willing to provide
        any assistance we can to our puppy owners. To this end we are available to answer
        questions and provide support at any time.  When a Rioghail puppy goes to it's new home,
        it doesn't just leave our clan; it extends our clan to include yours.

         We are members of:
                     - United Schutzhund Club of America (USA)
                     - German Shepherd Dog Club of America - Working Dog Association (GSDCA-WDA)
                     - Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America (PBGVCA)
                     - Tri-State SchH Association
                     - Courteous K-9 Obedience Club (CKOC)
                     - Big Sky Tracking Dog Club of Montana (BSTCM)

German Shepherd Dogs

  All our dogs are bred to the German 
   Shepherd Dog Club of Germany (SV
  standard. All breeding stock is breed 
  surveyed, and titled in Schutzhund.
  They have hips and elbows certified 
  through OFA and have had their eyes 
  cleared through CERF.

If this is your first stop on the road to owning one of these magnificent dogs, we hope to provide you with some resources to help you  make an informed decision about whether or  not this is really the right breed for you. If you have already done your research, and are  looking for a companion, you are welcome to contact us about a pup or older dog.
Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen
  All our dogs are bred to the American
   Kennel Club standard (AKC).  All 
  breeding stock have completed their
  championships in the conformation 
  ring  and have earned at least one 
 performance title.  They have had their 
 eyes cleared through CERF and have 
 been tested clear of hypothyroidism, 
 patellar luxation and hip dysplasia 
 through OFA

        I hope you enjoy your visit to our web site and the opportunity to meet our dogs.
        They  have brought us great joy throughout the years. We look forward to sharing
        the Rioghail Clan with you.

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