Interview with Julie Seaton, Breeder of Temora Australian Terriers
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Julie Seaton: I have been breeding/showing and raising Australian Terriers for 27 years in a small town outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Julie Seaton: My kennel name is Temora and, right now, I have six dogs at home and many more that are living with other people. I have access to them for showing and breeding purposes. This is done over in Europe and in other countries, and I find it to be a win-win for everyone, if done correctly. Keeping the dogs’ best interest at heart is always paramount to me.
Which breeders have provided the greatest influence on my decision to breed dogs?
Julie Seaton: I started as teenager helping George and Kathy Vukich in Elroy, Wisconsin, with their Shetland Sheepdogs. From there I found the Australian Terrier and, after starting a family, decided to get back into dogs and showing. I had many people influence me, but my greatest mentor was Susan Bentley of Benayr kennels.
Can I talk a bit about my foundation dogs? How have they influenced my breeding program?
Julie Seaton: My foundation bitch was a blue/tan, CH Benayr No Hugs, Just Kizzi ROM EX. I learned much from other dogs, but she got me started in serious breeding and, from there, I also purchased a red bitch from overseas. Her name was Truozzy’s Finnish Maiden (Aura). Although she was never shown, her bloodline started my “red” line of dogs and her influence is still felt, even today, in my breeding program.
What about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
Julie Seaton: All of my dogs are raised in my home, surrounded by kids and family. When there is a new litter, the neighborhood kids come over to play with the puppies. We are the favorite in the neighborhood when new puppies arrive.
Do I have a “process” for selecting show puppies? At what age do I make my decisions?
Julie Seaton: I am with my dogs 24/7 for the most part, as I work from home. So, my decisions are based on watching them from the time they get up on their feet until the day they leave to their new homes. I have never had anyone come and evaluate my puppies. I have always done it myself and it is from years of watching puppies and knowing where they should be at each milestone in their lives, and what potential they have from a very young age.
How do I choose the homes for my puppies? Is puppy placement important to me as a breeder?
Julie Seaton: Anyone wanting a dog from me, whether as a pet or show prospect, has to complete an online questionnaire and return it to me with references. I do not sell anyone a puppy without the questionnaire being completed. Making sure my puppies go into the right home is a priority to me.
Can I share my thoughts on how my breed is currently presented in the show ring?
Julie Seaton: The breed is presented well, but people need to stop getting on the ground to present/stack them. The breed was meant to stack on its own and you should be in front of them, not down on your knees. I try and breed dogs with correct conformation because, if built correctly, they will stack on their own! Besides, if I got down on my knees to get them to stack correctly, I would need help getting back up!
In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?
Julie Seaton: I am noticing dogs that are light in bone and weedy, with long hocks. Seems to be a trait with new breeders that needs to be watched carefully so that we do not lose type.
Is my breed well-suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?
Julie Seaton: Australian Terriers make great family dogs. They love children and have an affinity for kids and the elderly.
Do I feel that my breed is supported by a sufficient number of preservation breeders?
Julie Seaton: No, we do not have many active breeders anymore. Many people have stopped breeding due to their age and other reasons. We need to find ways to encourage new, younger people and get them involved.
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