Meet the breeder

Both of my Canaan dogs were bred by Jill & Ian Terry, with Tzel bred in partnership with Myrna Shiboleth. Jill and Ian have owned Canaan Dogs since 1996 and live in a rural area on the border of Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

I always refer to the Babrees dogs as "free range" having access to large paddocks throughout the day where they can run, play and dig to their hearts content getting plenty of exercise, sunshine and fresh air. They also have a structured exercise regime of daily walks and, for the more energetic, trotting alongside a bicycle for a couple of miles, which they love! They also take turns going out in the evening to training classes.

Jill and Benji

Puppies are born and raised in the house where they become accustomed to the noises and hustle and bustle of every day living, they also have access to an outdoors play area where, weather permitting, they spend their days playing, sunbathing and just being puppies! They stay in the house with their Mum until they all go to their new homes learning essential Canaan skills such as digging! and of course doggy manners. As Jill and Ian both work from home the puppies and adults benefit from constant human company and are very rarely left on their own for any length of time. They take this aspect of Canaan ownership very seriously and do not sell puppies to people who will be out at work all day. The Babrees dogs are fed on a diet of fresh raw meat and vegetables bought locally and this is what the puppies are weaned onto.

The Canaan Dog is a very healthy breed and Jill plays her part in helping it remain so by hip scoring, eye testing and patella testing all her breeding stock, puppies are patella and vet checked before leaving for their new homes. As far as we are aware Jill is the only UK breeder who hip scores ALL her breeding stock before breeding.
Puppies are registered with the Kennel Club, tattooed with the National Tattoo Register and insured, they leave with a contract, care sheet and diet instructions, and enough fresh food for a couple of days (UK only). Jill is always on hand to offer help and advice throughout the dog's lifetime and produces a twice yearly newsletter in full colour for everyone who has a puppy from them containing articles, tips and updates on dogs they have bred.

Jill and Cane in the show ring

Although not exhibited extensively, the Babrees Canaan Dogs have still made their mark in the show ring both in the UK and all around the world winning many Best of Breeds and Best of Sex. At Crufts 2003 Jill and Ian were the Breeder of the Best of Breed, Best Opposite Sex and Reserve Best Bitch! They are also the breeder of the first Canaan Dog to win the Pet Plan Junior Stakes Utility & Terrier day, (Babrees Desert Orchid Via Caoilta). The first UK bred AKC Champion. The first UK bred Swedish Champion. The first UK bred French Champion and the CO-breeder of the first UK bred Israeli Champion! The success the Babrees Canaan Dogs have enjoyed at home and abroad speaks for itself.

In order to share Canaan Dog information with others, Jill has set up a website called Canaan Dogs Around the World, this site contains pedigrees and photos of Canaan Dogs from all over the world as well as health articles and breed information. She is also building a breed archive of everything Canaan and is always on the lookout for articles, health results and photos. This information is freely available to all who are interested. Jill and Ian also welcome visitors who wish to learn more about the breed and meet some Canaan Dogs (even if they are not having a "Babrees" puppy), they believe that it is important for potential owners to meet adult Canaan Dogs before committing themselves to purchasing a puppy.

To contact Jill e-mail jill@babrees.co.uk

Visit her home page or The Canaan Dog Around the World site