Darkenwald Keeshonden

Darkenwald Keeshonden

Where health and quality are more important than quantity

Two brothers, each different, both so SPECIAL!


Can BIS/BISS GCh. Am. BISS GCh. Darkenwald

Cavalier O' SouthCar CGN, CHOF, HOF


Am / Can / Int Ch. Darkenwald Cut To The Chase

Clancy finished out 2010 as the #1 Keeshond show dog in the USA! 

We are so proud of him and wish to thank his handler, Stacy Snyder for her care and expertise!


AM/ CAN/ INT Champion Darkenwald Cut To The Chase, ROM

Still trucking at almost 12 years of age, Cutter is shown here after taking Best Veteran In Sweepstakes at the Delaware County KC dog show as part of the Celtic Classic cluster in York, PA. in March 2015. Thanks to long time breeder judge Jane West for this win. He had so much fun returning to the ring. His tail never stopped wagging and he did not stop smiling all around the ring! What fun we both had.

 After a bout in 2017 with prostatitis, and being neutered, we hope to return to the Veteran Sweepstakes in 2018


   Update: 2/8/2019 Our dear precious Cutter has passed from an aggressive intestinal Lymphoma. Chemo treatments kept it at bay for 4 1/2 months, but in the end cancer took it's mark. Cutter will be so missed at Darkenwald....


                                    MBISw CH Bonovox Silver Lining of Darkenwald

ur special wins were at the 2015 Celtic Classic dog shows in York, PA. in March, with our little 12 month old girl "Stormy." She took Best of Winners the first day for 4 points, Winners Bitch the second day for 3 points and Best in Puppy in Sweepstakes on the fourth day! It was a nice way to start the Spring off for us. "Stormy" aka Bonovox Silver Lining Of Darkenwald was bred by our dear friend April Horton from her Darkenwald dogs and she has now come to Darkenwald to stay. Her dam is Darkenwald Heart And Soul and her sire is CH. Darkenwald Ice Bear. I am sure you will be hearing more about this young lady in the future.
 Stormy is now a champion and mother of "Uno" and now "Whimsy" and "Nia" and is a wonderful mother.
 She now makes her home with a dear friend in Eastern VA.


  This special girl "Melody" bred by Rev. Ruthann Seibert and Suzette Lefebvre and now owned by Lynne Hewitt of Saskatchewan, Canada and Ruthann has been burning up the Canadian show rings, obtaining her Canadian Championship with most of her points achieved from Group placements and wins and taking Best Puppy In Show TWICE!

  She and Lynne then ventured to the Keeshond Club of America Specialty in May where she took Best of Opposite Sex in Sweepstakes at the California Sierra Keeshond Club Specialty in conjunction with the National Specialty then won BEST IN FUTURITY at the Keeshond National!! We are very proud of this young lady's accomplishments at only 10 months of age.

  A year later she won BEST IN MATURITY at the Keeshond National, the first to win both Best in Futurity AND Best in Maturity.

 "Melody" is out of Grand Ch. Shainakees Absolute Grace Is Grace and is sired by multi BISS Grand Ch. Jen'Ndi's Lyrical Dreams For Jo-Lyn, ROM.

  Congratulations to Lynne and Ruthann on her American HOF and her recent litter of puppies!

                                                                      "Melody" lives with Lynne Hewitt.

                                        Am / Int. Ch. Darkenwald Rejoice In The Chase

Riana is the daughter of Cutter and Ginny. Not the bravest of souls, she did finish her Championship quickly, oddly enough taking her major points over the boys! She did not really relish showing and is enjoying being our couch potato at home now. She has had one litter, producing beautifully. 

Ch. Darkenwald Whimsical Asset 

Whimsy is out of Stormy (seen above) and is sired by Mercy, RBIS MBISS BOSS MBISw BVSw Am GCHS/ BIS Can CH / BIS Int CH / UKC CH Shaiankees Abundant Asset Is Mercy, HOF. She had a whirlwind few months in the show ring, finishing her Championship at just one year of age. On the way she was Best in Puppy Sweepstakes at the Capital Keeshond Club Specialty show and finished with 3 major awards. Whimsy now lives with Dan and Talli Brown but more will be heard from her from the whelping box in the future.


GCH. Darkenwald Warmest Koinonia With Shainakees

Nia is a litter sister to Whimsy and went to live her first year with her co-breeder, but proved to be a "baby shark" when it came to allowing her to get those little mats out of her abundant coat, so came back home to reside and proved very quickly that she was not going anywhere EVER again as she wormed her way into my heart immediately!

 She showed a couple of times as a baby at the National Specialty Shows where she was an immediate hit, but then sat out until her sister Whimsy finished her Championship. Once she turned a year old, she came out gangbusters though, finishing her Championship AND Grand Championship in one years time, even with the Pandemic upon us!

                                                        Darkenwald Xyresic Cutlass

Our up and coming young star is Khaleesi, a Cutter and Sizzle daughter. Khaleesi is so endearing, and sensitive but at the same time alert to everything around her. Almost finished her Championship now, she is showing her heart out for us. She is co-owned and lives with Dan and Talli Brown and helps makes their lives complete!


Hello and welcome to Darkenwald Keeshonden!

My name is Suzette Lefebvre. I purchased my first Keeshond companion dog in 1972, got hooked on the breed, purchased my first show dog and began showing in conformation dog shows. I married my husband Ron in 1977 and he emotionally supported me in my habit and I have been showing ever since. In the last few years, multiple hand surgeries and a bad knee slowed me down and I have had to enjoy more shows from the sidelines instead of inside of the ring. We have finished over 50 Champions and have raised 52 litters to date. Since we cannot keep all the show dogs ourselves, many of our finest have made their way to establish or enhance other Keeshond kennels here in the USA and in Canada. We are honored to have many Obedience performers, and Conformation Champions, Best in Show, Specialty Best in Show winners, HOF and most recently Grand Champions and Agility Champions finish their titles. We are so proud of the co-owners of their accomplishments with Darkenwald dogs.

We are located in central Virginia, in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. We are the home to show, performance and companion Keeshonden.

Our dogs live in our home and are both show dogs and family companions.

Each breeding is carefully selected and both father and mother must pass health checks prior to any breeding to insure the most healthy puppies possible.

We are proud to be recognized by the AKC, for our diligence in health testing our breeding dogs: