Acostar Portuguese Water Dogs
Canadian Breeder Located in Ottawa Ontario

Posts by Lesley Millar

Carter: New CKC Grand Champion!

Carter New Grand Champion

Acostar Oshkosh Bgosh Tanaki “Carter” earned his CKC Grand Champion title on Thursday June 15th at the Nanaimo Kennel Club going Best of Breed under Judge Robert Whitney. He was beautifully handled by Jen Knudsen. Carter is currently the #3 Portuguese Water Dog in Canada.

Weekend of Success!

ROSA Winners Bitch & Best of Opposite

ROSA Best of Winners & New Champion

Acostar has a new CKC CH!

On Sunday May 28th Acostar Stella Rosa Red Wine “Rosa” acquired exactly the 10 points to achieve her CKC Champion title. It was an especially touching moment as she finished her title in Thetford Mines at the Societe Canine de Thetford shows. Judge Fred Dewsbury awarded her Best Of Winners for 3 points. She was expertly handled by Linda Thompson and huge thanks go to Linda and her ring side help Joe Panero.

Rosa is just 18 months old and has a preliminary hip evaluation of excellent and is genetically normal for all other health certifications . She is a littermate sister to Carter and will be joining our breeding program once she turns 2 and receives a passing grade for her hips.





TIA New CD Title

Tia Achieves her CD Title!

Rosa and Carter’s mother, Elkrun Acostar Dream Come True “Tia” was not to be outdone by her kids. Also on Sunday May 28th, she achieved her CD title by obtaining 3 qualifying scores on each of her three first attempts in the novice obedience ring. Not only that but she won 2nd in the first class and 1st in the subsequent two classes and her scores were all in the 180’s. This is truly an amazing accomplishment and we could not be more proud of her. Tia needs to achieve her Working Water Dog title in order to obtain her PWDCA Gold Register of Merit which we hope will happen this water season.

Cali joins our breeding program!




Acostar’s Newfie Calibogus “Cali” has received a grade of Good on her OFA hip evaluations and her elbows have been certified Normal. We are hoping to breed Cali in the very near future. She will be bred with Cooper “Marshview’s House Of Fire Tanaki“.

Acostar has a new CKC Champion!

Carter Best Puppy in Group

Carter New Champion & Group Second










In December 2015, Tia had a lovely litter from which we kept two puppies for our breeding program. Carter “Acostar Oshkosh Bgosh Tanaki” was the pick puppy and he has been living and showing out in British Columbia. Before he turned a year old he had won two Best Puppy in Groups and he finished his championship in style winning Best of Breed and a Group second. He finished his weekend of showing with an additional Group third. Carter loves showing so much and he is still so young that he is going to continue to show and we are excited to see how far his star will rise!

Carter’s sister Rosa “Acostar Stella Rosa Red Wine” will be heading to the show ring in April.

So much to share!

It has been far too long between updates so as you can imagine, there is a lot of news to share. The biggest and most exciting change here at Acostar is that we have relocated to Osgoode ON which is a small village located just south of our nation’s capital. We now have a huge yard for the dogs to run all day in and an in ground pool. We are also now just 3 short hours drive from our cottage in Quebec so there will be lots of swimming and water training in the future.

Tia's New Grand Champion

Tia’s New Grand Champion

Aside from the big move there were several other great accomplishments for us here at Acostar this summer. On July 15, Tia was awarded Best of Opposite for her last two points towards her CKC Grand Championship title from judge Mick Jackman. She was beautifully groomed and expertly handled by Linda Thompson. Most of her points towards this title were earned with Tammy Sawatzky handling her so I greatly appreciate her huge contribution to this achievement.


Cali New Champion and Best Canadian Bred in Show

Cali New Champion and Best Canadian Bred in Show

The next day, Saturday July 16th, it was Cali’s turn to shine! She won Winners bitch for her last two points towards her CKC Champion title. She won from the Canadian Bred class and went on to win Best Canadian Bred in Show!!! Sadly there is no photo available. What an incredibly thrilling day and thank you to judge Joe Lobb for the recognition. A special thank you to Tammy Sawatzky, and Catarina Hill who were instrumental in getting the points to achieve this title for Cali. Linda Thompson did a wonderful job showing Cali.


Bella New Champion!

Bella New Champion!

Last but not least. On the Sunday and Monday, July 17 & 18, Bella won winners bitch both days for her last points for her CKC Champion title. Bella earned all but one or two of the points towards this title with me handling her. I am very proud of her because neither of us likes showing very much and it has been a long journey. Bella has been fully health tested and her hips have an OFA rating of “Good” so she now officially joins our breeding program!