Acostar Portuguese Water Dogs
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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!

Busy busy summer!

Aimee_TiaIt has been a very exciting and busy summer! Aimee, the youngest dog enthusiast in the family made her debut in Junior handling in July at the Kars dog shows just outside of Ottawa. She handled Tia and had a wonderful time and did really well. Also showing that weekend was Captain and our baby Bella also made her debut in the show ring owner handled! Bella showed brilliantly and we both had fun. Captain won Best Of Breed on the Saturday and Sunday earning two more points towards his Grand Championship. Thank you Linda Thompson for handling Captain so beautifully.

Captain_AKCThe first weekend in August Captain showed for 4 days at the Alberta Kennel Club shows held at beautiful Spruce Meadows back in Calgary. Captain was expertly handled by Tammy Sawatzky and won Best of Breed three of the four days and is now only two points away from his CKC Grand Championship title.



CaptainAKC-BOB_01TiaNewAKCCH_01Immediately after, both Captain and Tia headed down to the United States with Juliet Clendenon. Tia needed 5 more points to finish her AKC Championship and Captain needed 7 more points to finish his Grand Championship. On August 21st at the Manhattan Kansas Kennel Club shows Tia won Winners Bitch (WB) and Best Opposite Sex (BOS) for a 3 point major and Captain won Best of Breed (BOB)
for a 5 point major. Then on August 22nd Tia won Best of Winners (BOW) and Captain was select dog for one more point each. On August 24th at the Topeka Kennel Club shows Captain won select dog again for his final point and achieved his AKC Grand Championship. On August 30th at the Cheyenne Kennel Club shows in Wyoming Tia won WB and BOS for another 3 point major to finish her AKC Championship. Captain also won select dog for another 3 point major but his points were just extra. Juliet did an amazing job caring for, grooming and handling Tia and Captain and I am eternally grateful to her for her dedication and hard work. We couldn’t have done it without her!

Lily Joins our Breeding Program!

LilyCamrose-02We would like to officially announce that Lily Acostar Lily’s Garden Shiraz will be part of our breeding program in the future. She turned 2 years old on January 14th and her hip and elbow x-rays were submitted that very day. Her hip results came back GOOD and her elbows are normal. She was certified clear by CERF and is genetically normal for all the other tests for this breed except for improper coat for which she is a carrier. Lily likely won’t be bred until the fall of 2014 at the earliest but we eagerly anticipate her first litter.

Captain New AKC Champion available at stud!

Captainmov_01Captain Elkrun’s Make It So At Acostar is once again in the show ring! In 5 shows he has completed his AKC Championship with a total of 17 points. He won two Best of Breeds, a Best of Opposite over specials, a Best of Winners and a Winners Dog, all were major wins. Captain went on showing 3 more days after completing his Championship and won another Best of Winners and two more Best of Breeds, both 5 point majors, for a total of 13 points towards his AKC Grad Championship. Thank you Lyn Martin for breeding, grooming and showing this amazing boy and thank you to all the judges who recognize is exceptional quality. Over the summer Captain completed and passed all his health testing which included obtaining a hip grade of EXCELLENT and he is now available at stud. He has already sired several beautiful litters and we will breed him again in the spring.

Tia Joins our Breeding Program!

Tia1stmajorsWe would like to officially announce that Tia Elkrun Acostar Dream Come True will be part of our breeding program in the future. She turned 2 years old on December 31st but her hips were not evaluated by OFA until April. Her results have come back and all is well. She was certified clear by CERF and is genetically normal for all the other tests for this breed. Tia loves the water and is currently training in water, agility, and obedience so watch for new titles to hopefully appear behind her name soon! She will be bred this summer and we eagerly anticipate the new chapter in her life as a mother. If all goes well she will produce a beautiful litter in October.

Cassie Joins our Breeding Program!

CassieKars_01We would like to officially announce that Cassie Acostar’s London Lejay Cassis will be part of our breeding program in the future. She turned two on October 15th and her hip and elbow x-rays were submitted to OFA for evaluation. The results have arrived and her hip grade is EXCELLENT and her elbows are normal. She was certified clear by CERF and is genetically normal for all the other tests for this breed. She has a wonderfully outgoing personality and we eagerly anticipate the new chapter in her life as a mother.