Rokeena Kennels, although owned by Robyn & Russ Wallis, would not have the incredible success it has with the PBGVs today if it was not for wonderful teamwork of some 'special people 'who make up 'TEAM ROKEENA' . Make sure to Scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on their photos to find more about them..
Robyn & Russell
"Rokeena" .... The Kennels - Who we are - A little History
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My name is Robyn Wallis and I live with my husband Russell in a lovely country village called Gisborne , which is about 45 mins. from Melbourne. Australia. ‘Rokeena Kennels’ has been part of my life it seems, almost forever. It began in 1972 when I first began breeding Gordon Setters. I owe Rokeena's current success today with PBGV’s, to the wealth of experience as a breeder, exhibitor, handler and judge this wonderful breed has afforded me, and I am very proud of the achievements I have had within the breed, having produced a number of world renowned Gordon Setters which are now behind many of the top winning Gordons Setters in many successful kennels around the world.
Click on the link to see photos of some of my ......‘Gordon Setters’
As I mentioned, these experiences also led me to become a Hound and Gundog Judge which has offered me the opportunity to judge both my beloved breeds in a number of Countries.
Click on the following link to view .......Robyn's Judging CV
Unfortunately as time goes by, even though we don’t feel older, our bodies think otherwise, so in the late 1990’s this lead me to a dilemma. Did I stay with my beautiful Gordons for another 10 years of so, or did I find a smaller breed that I could still manage to handle and do justice to, for many more years.
decision was made, I figured the search for a smaller breed would be easy,
that was until I began to
list the things I wanted in a another breed of dog........ small, but not too small........ hairy, but not hard
to groom or look after............. fun and alert, but not aggressive; good natured......... eye
catching in the ring............. not too popular, but great as a family pet; and
of course, a dog I
would get the pleasure promoting correctly and successfully here in Australia,
as I believe I have done with Gordon Setters over the years.
The decision was made for me in a totally unexpected way. I had rejected so many possibilities for some reason or another, then in 1997, when studying for my Hound License I came across the standard of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. Suddenly everything fell into place; 13 to 15 inches high......... up to 15 kgs..........happy nature.........rough-coated........ shown untrimmed!!!! ………….So where do I find one of these I thought?
Unfortunately, not in Australia at that time. So began my quest to obtain one of these wonderful little dogs, a quest which very quickly turned into a complete, utter and passionate obsession that has seen Russell & I travel to the USA, UK, France and other European countries, meeting and making some of the most wonderful friends around the world, who have, not once, got sick of me and my endless questions regarding the breed. (Well they haven’t told me yet anyway?) It is due to these great friends with their patience and help, that Russ & I have the great PBGV’s we do today. We have been lucky enough to import a number of well bred PBGV's to Australia since December 2000 from some really great International PBGV kennels which now form the nucleus of the foundation of Rokeena PBGV's of the future.
One can imagine that an enterprise as great as Russell & I have embarked on with this breed is not only expensive, but requires much time and effort and we could not have done this without the fantastic help of some great people here in Australia & overseas who now make up what we are all proud to call –