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Presenting our newest litter - by "Leroy" ex "Lacey" - for more information about the parents please browse our site in detail or contact us via the link page
"BYRON" (Fr & Int Ch In Vogue Island Come To Look At Me) - five year old dog who came over from France for a few months as our house guest. He put in several appearances at the shows and was always delighted to meet new friends and be admired! He also more than fulfilled our ambitions for him, gaining 4 x CCs (twice with BOB) and 2 x Res CCs in his six months of showing, including to our great pleasure Best In Show at the Bearded Collie Club Championship Show. A handsome and very intelligent Bearded Collie - we very much enjoyed his visit to the UK. Thanks so much to Vanessa and Pascal Craipeau for allowing us to "borrow" their special boy
Proud mum Beattie with her litter of seven sired by Byron in September 2012
"LOLA" (Talraz Wild Honey) owned by the Gibbons family, moving out well in her class at Leeds Championship Show 2012
Our new boy Leroy (In Vogue Island High Society at Talraz), a son of the wonderful Byron, relaxing after his long trip from France
AN EASTER PORTRAIT OF "BEATTIE" (Talraz Hot Favourite)
"TEAM TALRAZ" at Crufts 2012
DIVA (Talraz Indiana) our lovely "action dog"
Laura with Beattie (Talraz Hot Favourite) pictured at Driffield Limited Show shortly after their Reserve Best In Show win on 26th November 2011
TALRAZ HONEY TRAP JW ("Honey") pictured at Belfast Ch Show in September 2011, shortly after winning the Bitch CC under judge Mrs Fran Kaye
Champion Talraz Tamarisk ("Barney") owned by Anne & Martyn Soar
A trip to the Northumberland coast for Talraz girls Beattie and Lacey, pictured above with Laura and on left of group their Beardie friend and relative Jessica (aka Ch Kyleca Spring Breeze)
TALRAZ HOT FAVOURITE - "BEATTIE" aged two years
Liz with Beattie (Talraz Hot Favourite) at Blackpool Championship Show 2011 where she won the Post-Graduate bitch class under respected judge Mrs Ferelith Hamilton (photo by Kirstine Maclean)
Liz with her Best In Show at the Czech Republic Club Show, held at Jihlava on 28th May 2011, the young male, Darbujan Chlupaty Hopan, owned by Zdenka Altova
MAY 2011 - BEATTIE (Talraz Hot Favourite) poses with her certificate, having passed her KC Good Citizens test at Birmingham National Ch show
"TEAM TALRAZ" AT CRUFTS 2011
MADGE (Talraz Sweet Honey) pictured at age seventeen months having just been awarded the Reserve Challenge Certificate at the December Bearded Collie Club Championship Show
Madge (second from left) pictured in the line-up of winning bitches with judge Miss Anne Wilding at the end of judging (both photos courtesy of Jana Jezkova)
Mirk (Talraz Supertramp) refuses to let the December weather spoil his enjoyment of his favourite pastime, herding sheep!
ABOVE: Litter brother to Mirk, this is Creaglion (Talraz White Feathers) aged two and a half years, in show pose
and BELOW: introducing Creaglion's lovely daughter ex our Talraz Honey Trap JW - Talraz White Lace (Lacey) born 17th September 2010
We are a small family kennel based in a tiny village in rural North Yorkshire, just north of the beautiful city of York
Our dogs are our passion, and we have shared our lives with this wonderful breed since the arrival of "Razzle" (Rayre's Rhapsody-in-Blue) in 1979 at our former home in Norton, near Malton. She was soon joined by the beautiful "Tallie" (Deanfield Black Lace of Talraz JW 1CC) - between them of course they gave us the inspiration for our kennel name, Talraz
(To see DIVA - Talraz Indiana - living up to the Kennel Club "Fit For Function - Fit For Life" slogan!)
Razzle was bright and brainy, a real dog and a half, and in self defence Liz took up obedience classes with her. She proved a quick learner, though with a challenging streak of wilful defiance and an inappropriate sense of humour which cost points and places at competition level. A great dog to learn on!
ABOVE: Thanks to Sue Long for a lovely picture of Razzle (on right above) with her son George (Talraz Blue Baron) from our 1982 litter
Tallie was the pretty one, and took to the show ring like the proverbial duck to water, introducing us to the world of dog shows. All our current Beardies trace their ancestry back to Tallie, and often we still see echoes of her in their expressions, or the way they move, or the wonderful dark brown eyes which were her special legacy.
ABOVE: Tallie as a veteran surrounded by four of her offspring from three different litters. Left to right the youngest T Lunar Lashkar and T Leading Lady (by Ch Briaridge Lyrical Lord), then on back of sofa our Kayleigh (T Laura's Joy) by Ch Pepperland Lyric John at Potterdale, and on right Henri (T Black Brocade) by Ch Potterdale Patch of Blue, owned by Sue Long who kindly supplied this memorable picture - all five of these wonderful Beardies are gone now but memories live on
In 1982 we bred our first litter with the Talraz affix, from which we kept sweet little Zephyr (Talraz On Target). Zephyr proved a great dual-purpose dog, being naturally obedient and easy to train as well as a modestly successful show dog. She still remains the blueprint for the ideal Talraz Bearded Collie, and has never truly been equalled - her memory holds a special place in our hearts.
In 1988 we moved to the peaceful and pretty village of Crambe, which proved an ideal place for our children to grow up. Since moving to Crambe we have run a small but very busy pet grooming service from our home, under the name of Superdogs. We specialise in Bearded Collies of course, but many other breeds find their way through our doors. See the page "Visiting Beardies" for some pictures, or for more information about our grooming services see www.spanglefish.com/superdogs
We specialise in grooming Beardies - here regular visitor Harry relaxes on the grooming table as he awaits his bathing and grooming session........
...and here's Harry after looking very smart and enjoying being admired!
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we raise and care for our dogs and puppies.
Jess had a Junior Warrant and a Reserve CC to her name, but was not shown nearly as much as she deserved, preferring to rule the roost at home.
She was in semi-retirement since winning Veteran Bitch at Crufts in 2005
We said goodbye to Jess in July 2010
Mick needs a haircut and Liz with no make-up on so that's about par for the course!
Both dressed in our "favourite oufits" of jeans and fleeces - the TV makeover teams would find plenty to get their teeth into if they ever chose to visit our village!
To be truthful they find him a little intimidating.
Here Phoebe pretends to be asleep hoping he will eventually leave her in peace.