Welcome to Von's Staffords
I have been involved with training and breeding dogs for 45 years. My mother was a dog person and this was the life I grew up in. I spent most of my childhood working with many different breeds and learning the strengths and weaknesses of each breed. I trained obedience dogs professionally beginning at the age of 21 and was involved in as many of the active sports as I could manage with my own dogs.
I first entered the show ring when I was 25, and began showing Giant Schnauzers. My husband Scott anxiously awaiting the outcome or decision at ring side. This was a family affair in our house with my oldest son joining me in the ring. First in juniors and then in the breed ring. My husband not yet getting up the nerve to go into the ring himself, was watching closely all the different breeds and to my surprise looking for a breed he could call his own.
After finishing my first champion Scott decided he loved the bully breeds and we purchased our first American Staffordshire Terrier in 1994. In the five years of showing Am Staffs, I was able to finish 3 Champions, but my husband still had not stepped into the ring himself. We still have one older Am Staff girl in our family today. At the same time as we began purchasing our Am Staffs, we began learning about the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
In 1996 at a show in Illinois, I saw the first Staffordshire Bull Terrier, which truly excited me. I later would co-own this dog with it's breeders and dear friends of mine Marie and David McNally.
With being close to home and having to come back to the show for Group, I ran home and grabbed my family to come see this wonderful dog. Within the week, I was speaking to the breeders, Marie and Dave McNally of Dunord Kennels and was setting up to get our first Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Today we have six great Staffies in our home and five of the six are finished champions with mutiple breed and group wins. The sixth will just begin entering the show ring this year and is expected to do great things.We have also bred many Champions that are living with their families in other areas in the country. Since 2001 we have had several dogs in the top 10 in the United States and are very proud of each and every one of our dogs.
Today our focus is on educating people about the breed and producing dogs that are healthy, quality stock, and with the best personalities possible. Each of our dogs lives in our home and are members of the family. Not all of our dogs go to show homes and that is great with us, but all of our dogs go to loving, very carefully picked homes, and that is without exception.
If you have any questions about this wonderful breed or any of our own dogs, please e-mail us and we would love to share all we know with you.
The Vaughan Family