Euzkalzale Great Pyrenees | Terry Denney-Combs

Euzkalzale Great Pyrenees | Terry Denney-Combs

Interview with Working Group Breeder Terry Denney-Combs

Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Terry Denney-Combs: I live in Hesperia, which is located in the High Desert area in the Southeastern part of California. I’ve been a breeder for 53 years. I started at 18 with Basset Hounds and, on my 21st birthday, started with Great Pyrenees. It’s been love ever since. I’ve achieved becoming an AKC Platinum Breeder of Merit.

What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Terry Denney-Combs: My kennel name is Euzkalzale Great Pyrenees, and I usually keep four dogs here with me. I’m alone and want to spend time with my dogs. I have many Pyrs in homes with families that also show them and sometimes breed them.

Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Terry Denney-Combs: CH Euzkalzale Sundance Legend is still #1 Breed for All-Time Stats. He showed from 1993 to 2000 and won his last Best in Show at Orange Empire Dog Club under Michelle Billings at the age of 10 years. He was in the Hall of Fame for both Showing and Producing Sire for the Great Pyrenees Club of America. We’ve managed to keep a few dogs in the rankings each year (usually Top 10) and in the Hall of Fame for show standings, and we have produced many fine bitches that have reached Hall of Fame for Producing Dam.

Which have been my most influential sires and dams?
Terry Denney-Combs: There are many sires and dams that have contributed. I choose to breed a bitch usually once or twice and then move on to the next generation. I spay the dam and place her in a home so that she has a chance at a very good life. Then I proceed to continue with the new offspring. This helps limit the number of pups I choose to breed. Good homes are always at a premium. I prefer to place the males because I can use them, and they will have lots of attention in their lives. Many are shown and continue on to be added to the breeding program when needed.

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