I had been active in the Dalmatian breed for 19 years. We got our first Toller in 2003 because we wanted a high level performance dog and were hoping to be able to compete in conformation as well. After much research, we purchased our Toller from Betty and David King of Quill Kennels in Colorado. We got everything that we wanted and more! Kefi has proven herself as a performance dog and a fantastic producer. I have been active in conformation, agility, obedience and road trials with my Dalmatians since 1985. My interest in the breed stemmed from my interest in horses and the desire to find a breed that was purpose-bred as a companion for horses. Dalmatians also inspired my graduate work at Princeton University where I did my doctoral thesis on a white spotting gene in mice. I am chief of the Genetics Service of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. My job is to help educate Veterinarians, breeders and owners about genetics. I advise them on how to make educated breeding decisions in order to reduce the incidence of inherited diseases in companion animals. After much research I decided that the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever was the breed for me. I wanted a high drive performance dog that could go into the conformation ring as easily as an agility ring. I also want to be involved with a breed club where temperament, performance and health are as important as looks. Along the way I got completely hooked on field work and bred, trained and handled multiple master hunters! We recently have welcomed a new breed to the farm- the Danish Swedish Farmdog. This breed has tremendous genetic diversity and a lively friendly temperament. They love to participate in lots of fun sports and we see a bright future for them at Aqueus.