Cryslen
Welsh Springer Spaniels

Introduction

Crystal with her first show dog, Brooke
Crystal and Brooke in 1994

My name is Crystal Nolen and I am a web developer with 17 years of experience. I have lived with and loved animals my entire life, but, in my early teens, dogs became my main focus. I started working for a golden retriever breeder and brought home my first golden, Princess in 1991 (I was 13 years old) and got my first show dog, a golden named Brooke in 1993. Between 1996 and 2007, I owned several more goldens and co-bred several litters that produced two AKC Champions, a UKC Champion, an International champion and an obedience and agility-titled golden.

Raiden and Crystal December 2005
Raiden and Crystal December 2005

In 2003, I got a boxer named Raiden and I briefly showed him from 2004-2006. Raiden and I earned his CGC title in June 2007. We fostered nine boxers and one welsh springer spaniel in 2008 and 2009.

My Introduction to Welsh Springer Spaniels

I purchased my first welshie, Tucker, AKC GCH CH/U-CH Mystic Acres Kung Fu Fighting BN, RN, CHIC from Keith and Carla Vooris, Mystic Acres WSS in 2007 and he started his show career in 2008.

In 2010, Tucker became my first AKC and UKC Champion. Since then, Tucker has also gotten my first obedience and rally titles, as well as, attaining his grand champion title.

Jasmine and Crystal May 2013
Jasmine and Crystal May 2013

In 2010 and 2011, we acquired two more welsh springer spaniels, Tucker's niece, Leeloo and his daughter, Jasmine. Leeloo became my second AKC champion in July 2012. Jasmine finished her AKC championship in April 2014.

Leeloo's daughter, Murphy (formally Penny) finished her championship in August 2014 from the 9-12 puppy class. She is my fourth welshie champion and my first home-bred champion. I am learning more about tracking, nose work, obedience, rally, agility and hunting with my dogs.

Contributions

Leeloo and Tucker October 2011
Leeloo (left) with her Uncle Tucker (right).
My first two AKC Champions.

I am a member in good standing of the:

  • Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America (WSSCA),
  • Dogwood Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of Greater Atlanta (DWSSCGA),
  • Greater Chesapeake Welsh Springer Spaniel Club (GCWSSC), and

I have always enjoyed serving dog clubs and rescues where I can and I am currently:

  • the Corresponding Secretary for Greater Chesapeake Welsh Springer Spaniel Club
  • the administrator of the Facebook page for Welsh Springer Spaniel Club of America

In 2014, I won the:

  • AKC Outstanding Sportsmanship Award
  • Silver President's Volunteer Service Award

Health Testing Practices

mystic acres kung fu fighting
Leeloo as a puppy with her Uncle Tucker.

It is my policy to thoroughly health test all of my dogs and we require anyone who buys a puppy from us to do the same. Read about the tests recommended for Welsh Springer Spaniels on the Canine Health Information Center website. Visit my Puppy Information page for more details on why we do these tests and require them for all the puppies we breed.

"I am as confounded by dogs as I am indebted to them."
~ Roger Caras, A Celebration of Dogs

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