Dreamville Pekingese was founded in 1970 when as a first year college student, I saw my first Pekingese, owned by a friend. She was a small fawn bitch who did not take kindly to strangers and promptly tried to bite me. This little creature fascinated me no end, and I begged my friend to send me a puppy when she whelped a litter. Thus I acquired my first Pekingese, who I named Cybele.
Being a rank novice, I read all the material I could find on Pekingese, which was not much at that time. Cybele lived to be only two years old because of whelping complications. I then resolved to breed better Pekingese and saw all the dogs in the Philippines. These were mainly Australian in origin and of diverse bloodlines. I then acquired a fawn brindle bitch who produced my first Philippine Champion, Dreamville Cougat.
Medical schooling meant that I would have to tone down my breeding activities and after that, my wife, Christine, and I left for the United States to pursue further training in pathology. As a result, all Dreamville breeding activities stopped for six years.
Before returning to the Philippines in 1987, we bought two bitches from the Fourwinds kennel, which were to be the nucleus of a new kennel. Breeding took first priority, although showing was not neglected. One of the two bitches subsequently gained her title and was to produce Philippine Champion Dreamville Just a Fantasy, a multiple group best Philippine Bred in Show winner.
With additional importations from the renowned St Aubrey-Elsdon, Shiarita and Morningstar kennels, Dreamville Pekingese became the leading kennel of Pekingese in the Philippines with homebred dogs winning over English and American imports, some of whom where champions. In 1996, Dreamville Pekingese was adjudged Breeder of the Year All Breeds by the Philippine Canine Club.
Venturing into the American arena, Philippine Champion Indiscreet at Dreamville was successfully campaigned to her American title in co-ownership with Patricia Metzger of the famed Muhlin Pekingese. This bitch is a third generation homebred, by Philippine Champion St Aubrey Casanova of Elsdon, a multiple group winner and number 7 top dog all breeds in the Philippines in 1992. “Indy” has produced the American Champion Muhlin Colby of Dreamville.
Philippine Champion Dreamville Don Quixote, a fourth generation homebred, was the third Dreamville Pekingese to finish his American Title, this time in co-ownership with Marilyn Jewell (Revelry Pekingese).
One of the high points of the kennel was in February 1997 when I flew all the way to New York City for the Westminster weekend with Dreamville Sun Goddess, a 7 month old third generation homebred and half-sister to Don Quixote, both by Philippine Champion Dreamville Dark Obsession. Regine was shown the next day at the Progressive all toy show after arrival from an 18 hour flight from the Philippines and was subsequently shown at the Pekingese Club of New Jersey and Pekingese Club of America under the breeder sweepstakes judges Irene Reasons and Jason Ulmer, respectively. At the Pekingese Club of America specialty, judged by Mr. Michael Hill, noted Canadian breeder/exhibitor/judge, “Regine” was awarded Winners Bitch, Best of Winners and Best Puppy in show, a singular honor for such a young puppy and all the more significant because she is the first Pekingese bred in the Far East to have achieved these honors.
Regine gained her title in short order, winning Best of Opposite Sex from the classes at two specialty shows, once again in co-ownership with Patricia Metzger. Regine is the produce of discriminate breeding, combining the best of English, Canadian and American bloodlines, her sire being the beautiful black, Philippine Champion Dreamville Dark Obsession, who was by American Champion Hope’s Dash of Eberhard and out of an imported dam of predominately Morningstar breeding. Regine’s dam, Philippine Grand Champion Dreamville Cover Girl, is by Philippine Champion Shiarita London Bobby out of the double Ch St Aubrey of Mayfly granddaughter, Philippine Champion TNT Mayflower by Dreamville.
Dreamville Pekingese has also exported Dreamville Miss Saigon to Mrs. Hope Burghardt. Miss Saigon later produced three American champions for Mrs. Burghardt.
The current star in the home kennel is Philippine Champion Dreamville Sweet Obsession, a glamorous black and half-brother to Sun Goddess. Sweet Obsession is a multiple group and Best Philippine Bred in Show winner. He recently was awarded Reserve Best in Show to become ranked number 6 all breeds in the first half of the year. The next promising dog is American and Philippine Champion Dreamville Quicksilver, a son of American and Philippine Champion Morningstar Dragonhart, who is proving to be a high caliber stud dog.
Dreamville Pekingese has, at this point, produced more than 40 Philippine Champions and 15 American Champions. With the present gene pool, it is expected that this winning trend will continue into the future. We are truly indebted to Messrs. Nigel Aubrey-Jones and R. William Taylor (St Aubrey-Elsdon, Paul and Liz Stannard (Shiarita) and Patricia Metzger (Muhlin), without whose help we could not have come this far.