Interview with Joanne Reed, Breeder of Windrift Keeshond
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Joanne Reed: I live in Franklin, Tennessee. I’ve been in dogs since 1968; I’ve been a Keeshond breeder for over 50 years.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Joanne Reed: I’m Windrift Keeshond. I currently have 10 Keeshonds in my kennel.
Which show dogs from the past have been my noteworthy winners?
Noteworthy winners include:
- CH Windrift’s Summertime Blues HOF ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s Mutual Funds HOF ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s Gambler CD HOF ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s Producer CD HOF ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s Rock Star (B) HOF ROM,
- CH Windrift’s Out Back Up Front (B) HOF ROM,
- CH Windrift’s Doing It Right (B) CDX ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s High Society (B) HOF ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s Right Choice (B) HOF ROMX.
Which have been my most influential sires and dams?
Joanne Reed: I have bred over two hundred champions and have too many ROM and ROMX dogs to list.
These are a few that have outstanding records and produced outstanding BIS and Group-winning Keeshonds:
- CH Windrift’s Summertime Blues HOF ROMX,
- CH Windrift’s Mutual Funds HOF ROMS,
- CH Traveler’s Zeedrift Carioca ROM (produced the top-winning Keeshond of all time—CH Flakkee Instant Replay),
- GCH Windrift’s Rock Star ROM & Hall of Fame.
Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
Joanne Reed: I have two different areas where I keep my dogs. I have a large basement that has crates, whelping areas, and two inside/outside kennel runs, ramps, and grooming area. This area has 24/7 cameras in it.
I will whelp and keep my puppies here so that they get constant attention. I also have a kennel building that has three inside/outside runs, bath tubs, and grooming tables. I usually keep my adolescent puppies and adults here. I have two huge exercise runs. This area is fenced and cross-fenced for their protection.
What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? Performance puppies?
Joanne Reed: I watch my puppies from birth and constantly look for conformation, temperament, and intelligence. When pups are around five weeks I start stacking them on the table, all the time checking how they free-stack. Picking them up by the neck and chest and allowing the legs to drop freely on the table will tell me how their conformation is and how the legs are placed.
Attitude is also a great factor in choosing a show dog or Obedience dog. Handling pups right from the start gives them the confidence and the socialization they need.
At what age do I place puppies in show homes? In Performance homes?
Joanne Reed: I place my puppies at eight weeks of age. This is a good age for Keeshonds to be separated from their mothers and littermates.
Does my breed require any special preparation for competing in Conformance or Performance Events?
Joanne Reed: Condition of coat and training are imperative to have a Keeshond ready for the ring. Our breed is a mandatory ramp breed, so they should be trained for the ramp. Keeshond puppies are silly and very intelligent. They need patience and a firm hand so that they know what you want them to do.
Do I compete in Performance Events? If not, do these competitive arenas interest you?
Joanne Reed: Before I started out in Keeshonds, I had other breeds. I was involved in Obedience and this is where I saw and found my first Keeshond. Because I have many Keeshonds, due to time restraints, I am not able to be involved in Performance. However, some dogs of my breeding hold top awards in Agility. I usually attend 50 to 60 Conformation shows each year. Keeshonds are excellent Performance dogs. They are very easily trained for the many different events.
In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?
Joanne Reed: In general, our breed is in good condition. An area that concerns me is that I see breeders breeding the same faults that they have had for years and never excelling. One of the main concerns I have is with the spectacles, which are the “hallmark” of our breed. Even though this is a cosmetic feature, it seems that judges and breeders don’t understand where the lines should be.
Are there any health-related concerns within my breed? Any special nutritional needs?
Joanne Reed: I believe that, in general, our breed is very healthy. We have concerns in several areas, but in general, we have a pretty healthy breed.
Is my breed well suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?
Joanne Reed: The Keeshond is an excellent family dog. They are a happy, good-natured breed. Keeshonds love their family and have to be involved with their family. They can just about do whatever a family wants them to be or do. They are good watch dogs, but are not biters. However, they will tell you if a leaf falls off a tree and lands on the ground. They do tend to be a little mouthy, and training at a young age is imperative.
Is my breed a good choice as a Performance competitor? If so, in which events?
What is the biggest misconception about my breed? What is my breed’s best-kept secret?
Joanne Reed: I believe a misconception of the Keeshond is that they are difficult to groom. If a Keeshond is brushed thoroughly once a week, they will be kept in show condition. Because it is a straight-shafted coat, they don’t mat up like other breeds.
For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with a Non-Sporting Dog?
Joanne Reed: Keeshonds are the most intelligent and humorous breed in the world! All of us breeders should write a book on the antics of the Keeshond. This is why I’ve loved and bred them for so many years. As a handler, I have owned and bred other breeds, but this is the love of my life. I’ll never be without a Keeshond.
If I could share one suggestion with judges of my breed, what would I like to say to them about my breed?
Joanne Reed: A Keeshond is a moderate dog in every aspect. They are moderately angulated, front and rear. They have a balanced, square structure, with neck carried proudly. The hallmark of our breed is their spectacles. Please put on your spectacles so that you can see theirs!
Are you looking for a Keeshond puppy?
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Contact the National Parent Club’s Breeder Referral person, which you can find on the AKC Breeder Referral Contacts page.
Want to help rescue and re-home a Keeshond dog?
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