Jocelyne founded Starkeeper and has been involved in Irish Wolfhounds since 1978, producing athletic, typical hounds that compete successfully at conformation, obedience, rally, agility, coursing and racing. And, most of all they make the best companions! In her home today all 6 of Jocelyne’s Irish Wolfhounds can all trace their lineage back to one of her first two hounds.
My involvement with and love of Irish Wolfhounds began in 1978 and I bred my first litter, under the Starkeeper prefix in 1980. I have had a successful breeding program, and produced or owned over 100 Irish Wolfhounds that became champions, obedience titlists, lure coursing and racing champions in Canada and the USA. I have bred and handled my hounds to numerous Best In Show and Best in Specialty wins, including both the prestigious American and Canadian National Irish Wolfhound specialties. So I know what it’s like to be judged, as well as doing the judging!
For thirty years I have judged Lure Field Trials and have officiated in this sport in Canada, the United States and Italy. I am also involved in straight racing for sighthounds and have worked some of my hounds in the obedience ring.
In the millennium year I embarked on my journey as a conformation judge and I am currently approved by the Canadian Kennel Club for all breeds in the Hound, Terrier, Toy and Non-Sporting Groups and am licensed to judge Best in Show. I am approved by the Kennel Club (England) to award CC’s to Irish Wolfhounds.
My judging invitations have included all breed shows and specialties across Canada, the United States, Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Northern Ireland and United Kingdom.
I love dogs, and truly enjoy judging. Excellent specimens in any breed are exciting and deserve recognition. Judging affords me the opportunity to combine my love of dogs, travel and meeting interesting people.