In 2005 Valerie Toth of Glenire Reg'd Great Pyrenees gave Katie a puppy to socialize for a few months as a test before she would consider purchasing a dog. Once Glenire Imperial (Impy) came home with Katie he never left her side. She trained and showed him to multiple championships, multiple best altered in shows, and often took him to university with her.
She continues to learn from a number of reputable breeders, and enjoys furthering her education regarding dogs and Great Pyrenees.
As well as being a member in good standing of the Canadian Kennel Club, and the Great Pyrenees Club of Southern Ontario, Katie is also a member of the Great Pyrenees Club of Canada, having been their treasurer/secretary from 2015-2017 and maintaining the treasurer position since. She also has a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture (majoring in Animal Sciences) from the University of Guelph.
James developed his love for the breed through Katie and Impy, with the acquisition of his own Pyr female, Glenire Layna sealing the deal. He has never looked back since, and is great for spoiling the dogs! He has even shown Layna's son, Xach, to a Best In Show in 2015 and Reserve Best in Show in 2018. James has an Electrical Engineering diploma from Fanshawe College, and thrives on using his woodworking and electrical skills to design new improvements to the property for the dogs.
Together, he and Katie raise their dogs with love, attention, and understanding. They breed in close partnership with Valerie Toth of Glenire, and work together with her to maintain their breeding goals.
Our ideal is a lean Pyrenees of moderate skull, reasonable size, moderate coat, with fluid and smooth movement, who is as sound as the day is long. Their coat should provide good protection against both the elements and predators, such as coyotes, bears, and wolves. It should not be "fluffy", given to matts and tangles, rather it should lie straight and flat over the body.
Their pigment should be solid black around the eyes, lips and on the palate (roof of mouth). Eyes are almond shaped, with tight rims, and colour should be amber brown (please note that amber is lighter than a chocolate or dark brown). Their expression should be reserved looking through you, and ultimately kind.
Double dewclaws are well attached, functional digits that are located on the lower portion of hind hocks. You should be able to palpate bones within the toes. Feet are tight and cat-like, toe length is moderate and lie naturally in tight formation.
Tail carriage is low in repose, never to lie over the back. "Making the wheel", where the tail curls up and round to itself over the rear, is acceptable only when the dog is aroused or in purposeful motion.
We prefer a finer French-type build, a moderate head with a bit of an English-type flare. Soundness and longevity i.e. health overrides size and coat considerations provided size is within standard.
We follow not only the Canadian Kennel Club standard, but also the American Kennel Club illustrated standard, the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) and Kennel Club of Great Britain standard.
Although the differences in these standards are minimal, we feel that taken together they create a more thorough understanding of the breed.