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About Myself

Welcome to Kaldaun and let me introduce myself and my Irish Wolfhound family!   My name is Kyreen Shorey and I am the proud owner of Kaldaun Reg’d, breeder of Irish WolfhoundsKaldaun has come about through determination, hard work and the sheer love that I have for this breed and have had since I was eleven years of age.  I have owned and been owned by Irish Wolfhounds now for 38 years and been a member of the Canadian Kennel Club for 30 years.  I have also been a member of the Irish Wolfhound Club of Canada for approximately 29 years and a member of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America for over fourteen years, but decided to let this one lapse in recent years.

I was a Registered Nurse at the Kingston General Hospital and retired 7 years ago from nursing and now can devote more time to be with my dogs and the showing and breeding aspect.  Growing up in a large family we were lucky to always have been allowed to have pets, especially dogs, but it wasn’t until I turned eleven, read about the Irish Wolfhound and saw its picture that I just knew that someday I would have one for my own.  At the age of fifteen I met my first Irish Wolfhound in person.  His name was “Angus” and he was a beautiful tall gray brindle.  I remember telling the gentleman who owned him at that time, that someday I would have one of my own.  But it was another ten years before I was able to make that dream come true, with my Superstar Clever Ciara.  She was joined less than a year later with a half brother, Superstar in Life, aka “Chewbaca”.

Then after another six years, I purchased my Ceana Keir, a Demage wolfhound bitch, that I decided I would like to try my hand at showing.  I visited a few dog shows and then jumped in with both feet, discovering that is was not as easy as it looked, but with some work, Ceana did not too badly actually winning points towards her Championship.  She went on to place third in her age category at the Quebec Specialty and within the top four at our National.  Unfortunately my girl wasn’t of sufficient quality to be bred and died young from complications after spay surgery.  It was at one of the dog shows I was attending that I met Mrs. Daley of Aotearoa Irish Wolfhounds, from whom I later purchased and co-owned my first “show” hound, Aotearoa Kia Ora.  I not only put Champion titles on those I obtained from Mrs. Daley but went on to breed and put titles on those I have bred myself!

All my wolfhounds live in our home and are well socialized from puppyhood through to adults.  As I always consider them my ‘pets’ first I made the decision to keep my numbers low so that I would not have to make use of kennels.  For many breeders this is a choice they make but it has never felt right to me.  This breed loves to be a part of our lives just as much as I want them to be a part myself.  Because of this they all go through obedience and show training and often are complemented on their behaviour when out in public.  But being Irish Wolfhounds they do love to “push the envelope” and can make life quite the challenge.

The first litter I whelped years ago was out of my Cdn Champion Aroha Noa (aka “Noa”, photo to the left), sired by Mrs. Daley’s Cdn Champion Aotearoa Oldine Freehold Moa, with the help of Louise Bouchat-Laird who was relatively new to the breed at the time.  My beautiful girl produced seven lovely puppies, six boys and one girl, a few of whom went on to become Canadian Champions!


I couldn’t resist these girls.  At 9 weeks they were full of fun and lovely outgoing puppies.  They certainly kept my boys on the run during their brief visit. 

Since then I’ve chosen to bring some changes into my bloodlines and with Noa’s last breeding brought in bloodlines from Europe using Cathy Charles of Tirnanog Irish Wolfhound’s beautiful male ‘Griff’.  Unfortunately Noa only had a single male puppy.  Well the search continued until I finally decided and then brought in bloodlines from one of the most successful Irish Wolfhound breeders in Europe and even the world,  Conny Fernhout of Pitlochry’s Sighthounds’.  My Pitlochry’s Olivia, (aka ‘Live’), has given me 3 beautiful litters, though the last being an emergency c-section with only one surviving.  All her offspring are beautiful examples of the breed and I am sure that those that are going to be shown will easily reach their Championships in no time!  I kept a two females from each of her first litters.  The first was my beautiful Arwen who earned her Grandchampionship, and her smaller sister Neila, who blessed me with two awesome litters, from which I kept a daughter, my beautiful, ‘Ghost’.  age.  To find out more about them just visit each of their individual webpages.

I have been breeding/showing Irish Wolfhounds now for many years and hope to continue for at least two more breedings.  It all depends on fate as it is never written in stone, as I’ve come to learn (lol).  I have enjoyed meeting and placing my puppies with some truly wonderful people/families over the years and am truly grateful to have met and gotten to know them all.  Definitely an adventure of a life time.

My Olivia is 9 plus now and has many grandchildren out there, most in loving pet homes.  What you will see in the coming pages is the fruit of hard work, not just by myself but by my loyal and loving companions, my wolfhounds.  They deserve equal credit for being such wonderful companions and I’ve been truly blessed in being able to not only be owned by them, but sharing my life with the breed of my heart.  Welcome to Kaldaun!


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