Welcome to Rickaby Kennels
Home of Deerhounds & Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Rickaby kennels were established in 1962 at Mulgrave New South Wales by my parents Maurice and
Patricia Troman, breeding Dachshund Longhair and Australian Cattle Dogs. In 1969 they ventured into Deerhounds.
In 1982 the prefix was transferred to myself and husband Darrell, where we have continued breeding
Dachshund Longhair and Deerhounds. With the birth of children and the involvement in our boarding cattery and
kennel (Merooka Cattery & Kennel) we concentrated on Deerhounds and had the Dachshunds as our house pets.
Darrell being a gundog person had the Flat Coats and later the German Wirehaired Pointers. In the 90's I became
involved with Poodles (Standard) importing 2 apricots from Torbec kennels in Canada.
We decided that we needed to get a smaller breed and being hound people at heart and having
owned and shown Otterhounds, we searched for a shorter legged rough coated dog that had a great temperament and
sound, so in November 2008 we imported a pair of Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) from the renowned Debucher
Kennel in the U.K. At the time GBGV was not a recognised breed in Australia, with only 1 other being in the
country. Tarmachan Flocon de Neige imported in September 2008 and owned by Jane Quinn. It wasn't until January,
2010 that the breed was recognised by the ANKC. During 2010, we titled the first dog and bitch GBGV, with them
winning class in show, BIG, RUBIG and numerous classes in group, under both local and international judges. In 2010
we also imported another 2 youngsters from Debucher, then in 2011 we imported Eng. CH. Debucher Picobello. These
imports will enable us to have a strong gene pool within the country for years to come. In November 2010, we had
the first litter of GBGV to be born in Australian and we look forward to their up and coming show careers
Both myself and Darrell have been successfully involved with other
breeds including English Springer Spaniel, Irish Setter, English Setter, Lagotto Romagnolo, Saluki and Afghan to
name a few.
I have also successfully competed in Obedience with my greatest achievement in obedience, putting CDX on a
Dachshund Longhair Rickaby Radiance CDX and putting ET titles on Poodles and to our knowledge the only ET titles on
Deerhounds CH Rickaby Sprite ET and CH Rickaby Lancelot ET.
All our puppies are reared in rural surrounds, they are well socialized with children and other animals. Puppies
are occasionally available as we only breed for our needs not a market.
Feel free to contact us:
Debbie and Darrell Matthews
87L Mogriguy Road
DUBBO. N.S.W. 2830
PH: +61 268885610