Q&A

These are some of the questions that we are occasionally asked.

  1. Do you ever have puppies available?
    We breed on an limited basis, but occasionally we do have puppies available for qualified show homes
    or qualified pet homes.
  2. Do you offer dogs for public stud?
    We do not advertise at public stud, but have used them on occasion by serious breeders who have the same ethics and goals that we do.
  3. How many dog shows do you participate in each year?
    On average, it is probably between 100-120, although it has been as high as 150.
  4. How did you come up with the name “Hallmark Jolei”?
    The “Jolei” part is easy to explain: it was passed down from Diane’s grandmother to Diane’s mother to Diane. When we got married, we wanted to add something to the name. “Hallmark” just came to Diane one day and it stuck.
  5. What are your most memorable wins?
    Luke: For me, it was winning Best In Breed at Westminster in 1990 with Brandy — he was 11½ years old!
    Diane: I have two. The first was when I was 18 and I won an all-breed Best In Show with a solid black named Blacka. The other was winning the National Specialty in 1980 with Checkers.

    Diane and Checkers

  6. How early do you start training your puppies for the show ring?
    We start with a little bit of traveling when they are around 10-12 weeks old to familiarize them with the sights and sounds of not only the vehicle but also the show. At 4 months, we start grooming them more seriously, so they become familiar with the frequent bathing and brushing that is part of being a “show dog”. At that age top knots don’t stay in long, but it is good experience for them. 4-5 months is also about the time we start working with them on a lead by taking them for short walks on the driveway.
  7. Which of your dogs do you feel have most influenced your breeding program?
    Christian, Norma Jean, Potsey and Brandy

If you have a question, feel free to contact us and we’ll try to answer it.