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How we began...

Welcome to Karrimah Kennels!  We know you have done your research in your pursuit of a happy, healthy companion to join your family and we are honored that you should be considering our kennels. 
Situated in Stafford, Virginia, we are close to not only Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvannia but are also easy access from all over Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  Please note, we do not ship puppies but are happy to send a puppy back with you in the cabin, should you wish to fly.  We primarily breed to produce our next generation of show dogs but there are often puppies in every litter that are available to approved pet homes.  We also occassionally have older puppies or retired adults available and strive to match the right dog to the right family.  I have been showing and breeding dogs for 21 years, starting as a junior handler and when I moved to Virginia, my husband joined me in my endeavor.  We have been showing in the USA for eight years now and plan to continue for many years to come.    


Karrimah is an Australian Aborginal word meaning "place of trees".  It was an old prefix that was used for my Grandfather's merino sheep that he showed in Australia and it only seemed natural to me that I should continue with this name in his memory.  The original Karrimah Farm still exists in Kulin, Western Australia and is also being used by my mother for her chili sauce business.  We are now located in Stafford, Virginia, enjoying our life with our merry little beagles and our darling, royal spaniels.

Our cavaliers are first and foremost our pets, sharing our house with our three children, cats and various other animals.  Although every litter we breed is with the purpose of finding our next show star in the whelping box, we understand that most puppies end up going to new homes as beloved pets.  We do extensive medical testing to ensure the healthiest possible pets and breed to meet the breed standards, as set forth by the American Kennel Club (AKC).  We also put our puppies through the superdog program, early housebreaking and early socialization to ensure a well rounded, happy puppy that will have a very smooth transition into his or her new home.  Though not all the dogs we breed are destined to be champions like their parents, our pet quality puppies are by no means inferior to the puppies we choose to keep in either health or temperament.  These puppies do often posses a minor cosmetic flaw that would not be visible to the untrained eye.  As a small hobby kennel, we only have a few litters cavaliers for sale every year.  The demand for these puppies is very high and there is often a waiting list for these dogs.  We do occasionally have older puppies and adults available for adoption.

We travel to dog shows in Virginia, Maryland, Pennslyvania and North Carolina, with the occassional specialty show that may be many states away and love to catch up with and compete against our fellow breeders.  We are happy to have visitors to our home, by prior arrangement, so if you would like to meet our dogs just let me know and we can set up a day.  Take the time to browse our website and feel free to email me with any questions you may have.