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Valleyriver Kennels - NZ Registered Breeders of STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER

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My name is Andrea Free and Valleyriver Kennels is the realization of a dream I first had forty years ago when I fell in love with my first Staffordshire Bull Terrier bitch Jackie. I don't think we ever recover from our first Stafford love affair and why would we want to?! 

Forty years later and on the other side of the world we live on a 5 acre block with tons of room for the dogs to run around and no neighbours within sight or sound. Our dogs are first and foremost our pets, they sleep inside with us and we have complicated rotas for the sofas! 

Our aim is to produce show ring quality Staffords but nothing is more important to us than temperament. We want stunning dogs with that wonderful loving nature that the breed is famous for. All our dogs are DNA tested and clear and there is no history of allergies or skin conditions in our lines.

Our foundation bitch and matriarch of Valleyriver is Keira (Foxestown Catherine Ellen). She has the very best bloodlines behind her and has a sister, brother, father, uncle, grandmother, grandfather etc all Champions in the show ring. She has correct conformation and is very intelligent as well as beautiful but most important of course is her nature which is .... well everything a Staffords nature should be!  The most valuable attribute of a foundation bitch is her ability to pass on her quality to her progeny and this is exactly what Keira has done for Valleyriver - in spades! All our dogs come from her and we are so proud of her - and grateful! 

Our showing was stalled by Covid but before the lockdowns began Evie (Valleyriver Lyrae Star) who is Keira's daughter won 4 Challenge Certificates (you need 8 to be a champion) even though she only attended a handful of shows. We are now showing our baby stud dog Toby (Valleyriver Taranis Gold) who has won two Challenges already from his first two shows and got reserve Challenges in his third and fourth shows even though he's still a puppy! We plan to show our younger girls Tansy (Valleyriver Golden Star) and Gem (Valleyriver Sweet Solitaire) in 2024.

All our puppies are sold with a contract which states they are not to be used for breeding or showing. However if the puppy is good enough to show and you are keen, we can easily lift the restriction. The contract also states if you ever have to rehome the puppy we will either approve of the home you have found or you will need to return the puppy to us to rehome on your behalf. We care deeply for every single Valleyriver pup - for it's whole life. Valleyriver offers lifetime support to all our puppy families, no question or problem is too small, I am always happy to help.  Often the biggest most stressful situations can be resolved within 24 hours with just a few emails! 

In the scrapbook attached to this page you will see lots of photos of our pups, youngsters and dogs. Most of these were posted by their families on our the Valleyriver FB Group. Lots of our families regularly post videos and photos and its great to see what our pups and dogs are up to. The Valleyriver Family is friendly and we all adore our dogs so if you are interested in joining us and having your very own Valleyriver pup you are very welcome to send me an email to find out more!  



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Valleyriver Kennels


Email: valleyriverkennels@gmail.com

Litters Expecting

We are hoping to have a litter of pups in mid March. Mum and dad are both red so it will be an all red litter. This mating has been a long time in the planning and we are very excited about the puppies and plan to keep one for our future stud dog. We have a public FB group that you are welcome to join - https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyriverstaffords/ which showcases Valleyriver dogs. If you are keen on a pup I can invite you onto our private Families group. Please email me if you would like  photos and more information - valleyriverkennels@gmail.com

Litters Available

Tia had a litter of 6 beautiful puppies on the 13/12/23 Four girls and two boys. One of the boys is red and two of the girls are black. The other three are lovely dark brindles.They will be ready for their new homes mid February. We have a public FB group that you are welcome to join - https://www.facebook.com/groups/valleyriverstaffords/ which showcases Valleyriver dogs. If you are keen on a pup I can invite you onto our private Families group and the group just for this litter. Please email me if you would like lots of photos and more information - valleyriverkennels@gmail.com

FOXESTOWN CATHERINE ELLEN

Pedigree for FOXESTOWN CATHERINE ELLEN


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VALLEYRIVER LYRAE STAR

Pedigree for VALLEYRIVER LYRAE STAR


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VALLEYRIVER SATORI FIRE

Pedigree for VALLEYRIVER SATORI FIRE


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