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