Kymin

Sally Parr
Abergavenny
Monmouthshire
Wales
01873 830099
parrcam@aol.com

Breeders of:

  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Kymin (A trademarked Kennel Name) was first established in 1980.
I strive to combine excellent temperaments and good looks with first class health.
My dogs are my constant everyday household companions, so I need to be able to live with them, they are all naturally biddable and sweet tempered....I wouldn't want hard work, constantly challenging me, stroppy, awkward companions!
As I only breed to keep one for me, my pups have the best of everything, including socialization outings, so no cutting corners here in any aspect of rearing the pups.
All my own dogs, including my Cavaliers are trained in everyday obedience, basic gundog work, and shown at Championship shows. They all have the Kennel Club Good Citizens award.
Each generation of Tollers has won "top honours" in the show ring. One of my breeding won a card two years running in Gamekeeper's classes (any breed of Retriever) at Crufts.

I have had some success in the show ring, I usually return home with a clutch of prize cards, as do many of my pups with their proud novice owners, as I am happy to mentor them. I love seeing their successes.
Kymin sires or bitches are behind many of the winning exhibits at the top shows this year ~ including the top winning bitch (first ever CC), the top winning puppy and reserve best dog CC at Crufts 2013, my owning both the best bitch, and the best puppy for last 2 years.
I have a few in agility homes, some in the higher grades, an Obedience 'B' grade Toller, gundog working homes, and the only working Toller in UK, at Slimbridge, tolling ducks for ringing and bird flu samples. I believe I bred the oldest lived Toller in the world, following a world forum discussion...recently died from a 1995 birth. However some are simply well loved, and loving, family companions. They are a very flexible breed.

I owned my first Cavalier in 1963 and bought my first Duck Toller, (for my young son to train & show) in the early 1990's, as soon as a show quality one became available from the very first dogs and bitches that had just been imported into UK from Canada, and were kennelled a few miles away, in Abergavenny, Wales, after quarantine ended.

I have had the occasional Toller litter, usually to replace a retiring show veteran Toller, continuing on from that first foundation bitch,
I have been fortunate to have owned some beautiful dogs, both in looks and temperament, as well as being healthy; my present ones follow this tradition. A few have been exported over the years to help diversify lines in other countries.
Presently I own or part share/ own 7 Tollers. My two cuddle Cavaliers, the older Cavalier has not be bred from after sadly failing one of her important health tests, although clinically unaffected. It broke my heart, but health matters in dogs.
All my dogs are fully health tested and the bitch's results considered along with stud choice's results prior to breeding.
I am not a member of the K.C. A.B.S. scheme, as the K.C. has not inspected premises frequently or considered the results of the required health tests, just needs them to be done. This means ABS breeders can breed from "bad" results as long as been tested! I see no reason to join a flawed scheme.
I have been extremely fortunate in not having bred any Autoimmune affected Tollers to date. However 2 of my sold pups have thrown a problem in their own puppies. I had no input in those breeding decisions.
There is a fairly new genetic test for Junior Addison's disease (JADD) in Tollers now available and all 7 of my Tollers have tested clear. I believe I am only one of a few UK owners to currently test for this. Several Auto Immune issues affect this breed, and research is ongoing to the causes. It appears to be in some lines more than others.
I only occasionally breed, always from sound, fully health checked bitches, choosing sound, healthy, diverse males who will hopefully further improve my line in the next generation. There is a index of inbreeding called COI,(Coefficent of Inbreeding) I hope for as low as possible in the pups.
I have bred 7 litters of Cavaliers since the early 80's. I have had some Labrador litters in the past as well.
I have used a foreign or imported stud dog for 6 of my 7 litters of Tollers since 1995. I aim to "max" the gene pool in UK, and I now haplotype test (genetic test) my Tollers to try to increase diversity when choosing a stud dog and to try to avoid autoimmune diseases,(successfully to date) as genetic diversity in the breed is essential with these numerically small in numbers, lovely dogs. This has not always been the easiest option!
I run an educational/discussion site on Face Book with a world wide, large Toller membership, where breed issues are discussed, so we are all aware of each country's news. We have 2 active geneticists who regularly post information for us to read.
Having had an life threatening illness myself in late 2012, I will have to stay in UK for a few years, so foreign trips for stud dogs are off the menu.
I will always take any dog that I have bred back, without question, if needing rehoming for any reason. I will always be on hand to offer help and advice to my puppy owners, in fact any owner, with my pups or not. I have many years experience in dogs and medical matters.

I insist on meeting and grilling any puppy wanter in detail...you have been warned!


Enquiries and questions are always welcome for either breed, with no obligation. Education and information is the key to good decisions. A Cavalier or a Toller may not suit your situation.
For more information on what to do next, or how to meet a Toller in the flesh, please ask me.

My dogs, Summer 2012

My dogs, Summer 2012

photo by: Parr

With the Welsh flag.

With the Welsh flag.

photo by: Parr

Three Kymin Cavaliers

Three Kymin Cavaliers

photo by: Parr

Tollers love swimming. They have quick dry coats

Tollers love swimming. They have quick dry coats

photo by: Parr

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