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Who we are

Jennifer & Danik first met in the spring of 1996 with the birth of Gracie’s first litter and have been working together ever since. Their passion for Portuguese Water Dogs has taken them across Canada and United-States. Over the past fifteen years they have met many knowledge people as passionate about the breed as they are. Jennifer and Danik are members of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), Portuguese Water Dog Club of America (PWDCA) and of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada (PWDCC).

Jennifer Byers

I am a part time nurse and passionate about my dogs. As a child I loved dogs and when I finally acquired my firstdog, a Pointer my allergies forced me to place him, this was a very painful experience. In the early 90’s, I saw a picture of a Portuguese Water Dog on the cover of the Dogs Annual and discovered “a non-shedding hypo-allergic dog”. Further investigation lead me to Beverly Jorgensen of Sun Joy Kennel in Connecticut where I felt in love with Gracie (Sun Joy’s Goodness Gracious), my first Portuguese Water Dog. I did not realize this would be the beginning of an exciting adventure. Gracie’s first litter in the spring of 1996 produced seven puppies and as one of my favourite movies was an Italian classic called “Seven Beauties” the combination of both inspired the use of Sevenbeauty as my kennel name. In this first litter was George, (BIS Am Can Ch. Sevenbeauty George) my first show dog. At that time I met the handler Danik Dancause, and together with George, we formed an exciting team winning the first all breed Best InShow for a Canadian bred Portuguese Water Dog. Since then Danik and I have worked together for the development of the breed and Sevenbeauty Kennel.

Danik Dancause

Beyond my role as co-breeder, I served as the Quebec director for the Portuguese Water Dog Club of Canada. I am also collaborating on several projects with the National club such as: the conformation judges’ education seminar that I present; I’m the co-author of the article “Swimming Through Time”, published in Canine Review magazine, November 2008; I was the show chairman for the National Specialty in Montreal in 2002 and in Long Sault in August 2010. In September 2011, I judged the sweepstakes at the American National Specialty. This was the first time a Canadian was invited to judge at this very prestigious event. The American National Specialty is the largest gathering of Portuguese Water Dogs in the world. I am currently working to obtain my judging lisence. My passion for pure bred dogs started in the 80’s when I made my debut as a handler. I had my first contact with Portuguese Water Dog during one of my dog show trips to the United States in the early 90’s. Once I saw this strange happy-looking dog, I immediately knew that I wanted to know more about this breed. I had the chance of meeting some wonderful people such as Erika Greisbach who was my first mentor in the breed. She introduced me to Beverly Jorgensen who gave me my first chance with a dog name Guard (Am Can Ch. Sun Joy Guarda Omar Alto). Guard was a Gracie littermate.  After handling more that thirty different breeds in the last fifteen years, many of the most memorable and prestigious wins have been with a Portuguese Water Dog at the end of the lead. Without the tremendous support of Jennifer over the years a lot of these moments would not have been possible.