A little about us
Our family lives on a modest "hobby" farm, tucked away in the scenic, backwoods paradise of Northern Idaho. We have over 50 years combined experience rearing puppies and have raised 47 litters of "naturally-reared" puppies, covering the span of 3 generations.
In addition to our beautiful, naturally-reared puppies (and depending upon the time of year) we may have goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens and various other farm critters scattered about. You can learn more about our breeding program and dogs on our main site. RUNAMOK FARM.
For over 30 years we considered ourselves "breed purists", in that we only raised and promoted AKC or UKC recognized breeds. We still hold to an exceptionally strict standard of breeding practices, but also recognize the breeds we have all come to cherish have been developed by selectively combining different dogs (and different breeds) together to achieve desirable genetic features or traits, such as: structure, coat, eye color, instinct, temperament, and longevity.
Our beloved Aussie, for example, originated in the United States, derived from a variety of breeds and an ancestry of mixed heritage. Not recognized as an official breed until 1957, the Aussie is one of our greatest loves! Lesser-known in the US, the Kerry Blue Terrier (or Irish Blue Terrier) is an older breed, first recognized in the US in 1924. Originating in Ireland, it is believed to be descended from several breeds, including the Irish Wolfhound.
I will readily admit our family has been somewhat resistant to the idea of "designer" breeds... but in the same breath, breed greatness often starts off with a breeder's pondering of traits and purpose.
Does a cross between two breeds make sense? What is the goal? Will the combination achieve something new? Is the base structure and instinct of both breeds similar?
To achieve an actual purpose or goal, it takes forethought, breeding experience and knowledge. The animals paired together for such purpose must have solid genetics and appropriate health clearances.