History of Snowtalia


Below is a brief History of how Snowtalia came about. The Name Snowtalia started with my Kennel name. I showed and breed Maltese and latterly Lhasa Apsos but I have now retired from showing and breeding and am now concentrating on my art work for my own pleasure and for many commissions which can been seen in my digital work. I am a member of the New Forest Art Society and have exhibited my work at their new forest summer exhibition. Life takes us down many avenue's and this is a new an exciting one for me now.

I have been Secretary of the Christchurch and New Forest Canine Society until family commitments demanded more of my time again.
I am now retired  from the Lhasa Apso Club Committee again due to work and family commitments, I built and  maintained their web site www.lhasa-apso-club.org.uk for many years as well as doing the art work and year book covers for the club. But I  felt it was time to hand  over the website which is now being looked after by Philippa Green.

History of my show days from the late 70's to 2010, I have always been painting and drawing since a small child, and am amazed that I have done so many inbetween family, dog showing and running a business. I have now retired and am doing art work which has always been a first love of mine along with the dogs

I have been involved with dogs all my life, beginning with the poodles that my parents had when I was a small child. When I decided in my early twenties to purchase a dog of my own, the most natural choice for me was a Maltese Toy, as I had fallen in love with them after reading about them in books that my parents had bought me.
My show career began as soon as my first Maltese was eligible, and it didn't take long for me to be bitten by the showing bug. Once this had taken hold, it seemed only natural for me to want to breed my first litter. This produced a lovely bitch who I campaigned steadily and her excellent breeding and quality was rewarded by her winning many competitions, achieving Best Puppy in Show on m any occasions, had gaining several reserve CC's.


 Southern Counties Ch Show early 1980's. Judge Val Blore

As a resu1t of my daughter’s ill health my show career had to be put on hold for several years, however, I did continue with my breeding program. As soon as my family had left home, I decided to resume my showing career, and due to my involvement with friends who owned, showed and bred Lhasa Apsos, I decided to purchase a bitch puppy. (My darling poppy who gave me 17 yrs of joy and love. She remained untill her death in aug 2013  the matriarch of the family. She is very much missed by us all.)


After studying the breed and its history, I set about finding a dog to show, and this was when my showing career started to take off.
The result was the purchase of Askja Peter Rabbit at Snowtalia who in his career won:




 his first show at just 6months qualified for crufts.


taken when he was just 11 months old 'reserve Best in Show all breeds'







Best in shows
Reserve best in shows
Best of Breeds and Group wins to numerous to list.
When my bitch became old enough I decided to approach the late Jean Blyth to ask her if I could mate my girl to the famous Ch Saxonsprings Tradition, Jean and Ken gave me invaluable support with my breeding program and Snowtalia Traditional Girl was the result.


Although she was lightly shown she proved herself on the breeding side. I then mated her back to her grandfather Ch Saxonsprings Lineka and produced three Quality puppies to show. They more than proved themselves in the show ring . Unfortunaly the passing of Jean and Ken meant that those lines are no more. I have been very lucky to have been able to breed dogs from those matings from Trad and Lineka and I hope in yrs to come can still carry the type that I like so much .


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