A Higher Standard of
Read below for early
history through 2005
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yearly updates: 2006,
The foundation of Tivin Standard
Poodles begins with family. Forty three years ago, Christine's mother, Erva,
received a Stormy Lane Standard Poodle as a wedding gift and Standards
have been a part of their lives ever
since. Erva had a small kennel known as Tiva Standards, and thus Chris has always had the joy
of having a Standard Poodle in her home. As a child she played with and cared for her dogs,
learning to do basic grooming as a teenager. Her family dog, Stormylane
Jeffery - "Jesse," endured her many attempts to trim his topknot until she
finally got the knack of maintaining a pet trim.
In 1991, between college and
veterinary school, Chris founded Tivin Standard Poodles, with the purchase of
He was a wonderful dog, and Chris’s
best friend, however, he did not enjoy the conformation show ring. After
several attempts at showing him, Chris decided to concentrate on agility
and obedience training where he excelled. Jordan earned a Companion
Dog (CD) title in obedience and completed two legs on his novice agility
title; however his performance career was cut short by tragedy. A
deadly tick-borne disease took his life at the age of five. Jordan was an extraordinary companion and
will never be forgotten. He and his half-sister, Layla, stopped a car-thief
and aided in apprehending a ring of carjackers that had been plaguing the
Philadelphia suburb where Chris was living at the time.
Chris’s second attempt at achieving a
conformation title for Tivin Standard Poodles was a success,
with the 1994 purchase of our
foundation bitch, Haeley. Shortly before Jordan became ill, Chris
purchased Haeley to once again try to raise a conformation champion. Haeley's
pedigree goes back to Alekai, Eaton, and Rimskittle. She loved the show ring, winning a four point major and nine points as a
puppy. With limited showing she was still able to finish her
championship by the age of two. She also earned titles in agility, canine good citizen (CGC)
and as a therapy dog. She became the foundation that our kennel would be
built on, and a great foundation it turned out to be! Haeley would have
been 13 in September 2007, but sadly she crossed the Rainbow Bridge in June of
2007 and we
miss her dearly.
Haeley's first breeding was to Ch.
Kaylen's Cadillac Style and produced two champions, American / Canadian Ch.
Tivin Eternal Reign - "Noah" and his sister Ch. Tivin Genuine Style - "Jenna".
Haeley was then linebred and produced
our Dianna - Ch. Tivin Spirit in the Sky.
fourth place in the 12 - 18 month class at PCA in 1999. Haeley became a
top producer and was spayed and living happily as the Grand Dam of our house
until she passed on that responsibility to her daughter. Dianna is currently
keeping the couch warm and ruling over the generations below her.
Haeley's offspring have continued the high standards that she set both in the competition ring and in our
Noah was Haeley's first champion as
well as Tivin Standards’ first puppy champion. He completed his American
championship with back-to-back four point majors and then finished in Canada in
only two weekends of showing. He is a wonderful high-energy dog who has a great
love for children. Noah was often found playing hide-and-seek with our niece
when she was a pre-schooler. He is tall, lean and angular with a loving, but
very enthusiastic temperament. Noah is now 12 years old, and lives on a farm in Illinois where he hunts
and plays with his family.
Noah produced a beautiful male when he
was bred to Kaylen LaMarka Half-time - "Callie," a bitch that Chris co-owned
with Kay Palade of Kaylen's Standard Poodles. Callie is pointed, but did not
enjoy the show ring; however, the offspring that she produced with Noah was a
Tivin Kaylen Time Eternal - "Jude," took the best features of both sire
and dam and became greater than the sum of the two. He finished his Canadian
championship in two weeks. While completing his American championship, he took
first place in the Bred-by-Exhibitor Dog class at PCA in 1999 where Judge Helen
Sokopp remarked that Jude "floats around the ring with tremendous reach and
drive". Jude is not only a great competitor but is also a wonderful part of our
Haeley’s third champion child, Dianna,
completed all but 3 points of her conformation title as a puppy. As mentioned
previously, she also placed fourth in the 12-18 month class at the PCA national
specialty, and completed her championship winning a 4-point major three weeks
later. Dianna retired to live the life of barking at the neighbor’s cats and
asserting that David is hers exclusively. She was bred to Ch. Unique Reach for
the Rainbow to produce two champions, Ch. Tivin Rainbow Skye and Ch. Majessa
Over the Rainbow. She has also produced Ch Tivin Angel in D'Skies at
Lauris who finished with multiple BOVs and group placements.
Dianna's final breeding was back to Ch
Unique Reach for the Rainbow, which produced Ch Tivin Calling All Angels and
Ch Tivin Lauris Wild Angel, both of whom completed their championships with ease.
Dianna’s eldest daughter,
Ch. Tivin Rainbow Skye a.k.a. Skye, was bred to BIS BISS American Canadian Ch.
Alias Just Give Me That Wink (Justin). Skye and Justin produced an
incredible litter of puppies, with 2 cream girls, 4 cream boys, and 1 blue
Out of that litter, one of the cream
girls, Can Ch Alias Tivin Colour Adjustment finished as a puppy in Canada, with
multiple group wins, and is currently titling in obedience with Lynne
Taplin of Alias.
Finally, and most exciting, a cream
boy, Am Can Ch Tivin Colours of the Wind, "Gabriel", placed both as a puppy
and adult at the PCA National, 2004 and 2005, and finished in the U.S. in
whirlwind fashion, with a 5 point major and BOS to BOV win at a poodle
specialty! He then went on to special in Canada with Chrystal Murray
and obtained multiple Group 1 placements. He has returned home and after
finishing a selective specials career, he is currently training in agility and
flyball. Please visit our currently showing
page to see updated information on our conformation and performance competing
dogs, and visit the Tivin Ladies and
Tivin Gentlemen section for updates on the
dogs mentioned here, as well as future generations.
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