Calivale Kennels owned by Brad Santas has been consistently producing excellent quality Keeshond puppies for the show ring and as loved family pets since 1986. Calivale has been the Top Keeshond Breeder – 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012 (Dogzonline Pointscore)

About Us

In 1986, I purchased my first Keeshond, a bitch, from the late Beryl & Gordon Douglas “Colijn Keeshonds”. Velvet aka Ch Colijn Dutch Velvet gained her title in a short period, with no thanks to my novice handling. This was to be the start of my (so far) 28 year involvment in the Dog World.

Our champion!

Boxers joined the Keeshonds in 1999, thanks to Dianne & Dennis Bradshaw of Ozstock Boxers, who gave us our first dog to show Ch Ozstock Bear Buttnall and then the bitch Ozstock Lucy Lastic.

We then had a short stint in Whippets, importing the bitch Ch Shenkhan Gotchawatchnme At Calivale (Imp NZ) with many thanks to Merle Powley Shenkhan Whippets NZ. Jorja gained her Australian Championship Title winning Best in Group awards along the way. She was mated to Ch Tezer Feel Free to Stare and produced a lovely litter of pups. “Tilly” who is now BISS Calivale Rite About Now, was one of the pups who is now owned by Kaz Cleave and has done well in the show ring.

Over the past 28 years, I have served as President, Secretary, Treasurer & Committee member of many Specilaty and All Breeds Clubs. I have always made myself and my dogs available for Judges Training and to Trainee judges.

I am ANKC approved Judge for the Gundog, Working, Utility & Non Sporting Judge.

To date, Calivale has:

Bred: 60 Australian Champions, 4 Australian Grand Champions, 3 Australian Supreme Champions,  1 UK Champion, 2 NZ Champions & 1 Canadian & American Champion

We have titled 27 Australian Champions & 3 Australian Grand Champions bred by other people.

Have 4 dogs with their Endurance Test Title

Owned or Bred the sire and / or dam of many champions bred at outside kennels.


Imported dogs from UK, Canada, America & New Zealand

Exported dogs to UK, New Zealand & Canada

This is certainly an excellent report card.

Calivale puppies are currently living all around Australia.  

Calivale Keeshonds is a registered breeders prefix with the Dogs NSW (RNSWCC) and co-ordinates its activities in accordance with the policies of the Council. 

I am committed to the Keeshond breed and the world of dogs in general.

I am a member of the following canine clubs:

Keeshond Club of SA Inc –   Life Member
Keeshond Club of Victoria Inc
Boxer Club of NSW – Life Member
Non Sporting Dog Club of NSW Inc
Spitz Breeds Club of NSW
Schipperke Club of NSW
The Keeshond Club (UK)

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