AKCAbout Timaru SalukisAKC
Lesley & John Brabyn,        
PO Box 266, Bodega, California       email: timaru@earthlink.net   707-876-1808

Dual Ch. Timaru Nocturne
Timaru Salukis are located in Northern California, on a 400-acre ranch on the Sonoma coast. Lesley has been showing dogs since the early 1960's, starting with Shetland Sheepdogs and then gravitating to Salukis in 1967. John "married into" the breed when he met Lesley in 1978. After buying the ranch in 2007, they added Anatolian Shepherds to the team as livestock protectors and have been successfully showing and breeding them as well.

At Timaru, we strongly believe that dogs should not only look like what the Standard calls for, but that they should be capable of doing what they were bred to do. In Salukis, that means a dog that is beautiful to look at, competent in the field and a trustworthy companion. We bred our first Saluki litter in 1982 and have developed a line from the old Jen Araby and Burydown/Almanza bloodlines. Although we breed only occasionally, Timaru Salukis are recognized around the world for their distinctive type, sound movement, good temperament and success in the ring, the field and in the home.
BISS Dual Ch. Timaru Victoria's Secret, CD, CC, CM, FCh.

Am/Can Ch. Timaru Vaya Lorrequer
From experience, we know Salukis are not for everyone. As a result, we screen each potential home before placing our puppies to ensure the best possible fit for everyone. We consider temperament, health and longevity essential when selecting breeding stock and all puppies undergo health and temperament testing prior to leaving us. Buyers are given a lifetime warranty against specified genetic conditions should the unforeseen happen at any time during the life of the dog.  Furthermore, we are available as ongoing consultants to new owners and are happy to advise on anything from feeding to training to behavior to competition. We want our puppies to grow up to be happy, healthy dogs with happy, satisfied owners.

We are often asked how we chose the Timaru prefix. John is from New Zealand and when it came time to choose a name for our line of Salukis, we decided to use a Maori word, the Maoris being indigenous to New Zealand. Timaru means "a place of shelter under the cabbage tree". (A cabbage tree looks a lot like a Joshua tree, a native to the California Mohave Desert.) We wanted Timaru to be a place of shelter for our Salukis.

Ch. Timaru Napoleon
Am/Can Ch. Timaru Vaya Lorrequer
Lesley has served on the Boards and Committees of the Saluki Club of America, the American Saluki Association and the Saluki Club of Greater San Francisco.  Through the years, she has written for numerous breed publications in the U.S. and England and was an invited speaker at the Festival of the Saluki, a worldwide congress held in England in September of 2007. She was awarded the AKC's Outstanding Sportsmanship of the Year Award by the Saluki Club of America in 2007 for her work in combating anti-dog and anti-hunting legislation and is licensed to judge Salukis and Ibizan Hounds. She has had Specialty assignments all over the U.S. as well as in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, England, Sweden and Finland. She holds a Masters degree in Psychology and after serving as Executive Director of a health-related nonprofit for over a decade, now works full time on the family's 400 acre certified organic ranch in Bodega, CA. John holds a PhD in Engineering and serves as CEO of an eye research institute in San Francisco. They are both hoping he can retire soon and stop his crazy commute so he can have more time to enjoy life on the ranch!
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 Ch. Timaru Zinfandel,

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