FOUR HALLS KENNELS
Ad in Canine Review, Feb./March, 2008
Sesame, BIS Winner shown by Billy Milne under Annie Rogers Clark
Streaker, BIS Winner as a puppy, 1996
The mature Streaker, “Indecent Exposure”
Huff ‘n Puff, a Powder Puff Crested
An Ad for the Cresteds, April, 1994
Three drawings by artist Amy Fernandez
A Maltese Magazine article, 2005
Four Halls Bred and/or Owned Champions
Cover of Top Dogs Magazine, Sept. 1996
Four Halls Kennels has been breeding and showing dogs for over 40 years. The Kennel was registered with the Canadian Kennel Club in 1966 with the aim of developing a fine, Canadian based, line of Maltese.
We are still pursuing that aim with Maltese, a wonderful breed, and in 1987 added Chinese Cresteds.
Since 1966, Four Halls Kennels has bred or owned 70 Canadian Champions, 32 American Champions and 8 Best in Show winners (the latter group has accumulated over 30 BIS wins).
THE FOUR HALLS PHILOSOPHY
We breed for the breed.
While Four Halls does occasionally have puppies or retired dogs for placement, our aim has remained to improve the two breeds in which we specialize and to benchmark our progress by actively showing dogs in Canada and the United States.
A BRIEF BACKGROUND
Even before launching Four Halls Kennels, the Fierheller family had been dog lovers. The first dog after our marriage was a Pekinese, followed by way of contrast with a couple of very loveable Bullmastiffs. We even for a short while owned a Shih Tzu.
Although Four Halls Kennels has never bred Salukis, we have been long time, proud owners of this extraordinary breed. In fact we are now on our sixth. Despite all their wonderful characteristics, Salukis are notoriously stubborn and aristocratic. We should have learned our lesson years ago but we continue to own and love them.
By 1968 however, for breeding purposes we had settled on the attractive, animated, intelligent and loveable Maltese.
The following ad from Canine Review describes our first Maltese and our first Best in Show winner, Shieka Dancer.
After 40 years, we are still in Maltese and the same magazine ad shows our latest show dog, Kit Kat.
The move to add Chinese Cresteds was a recognition that the downside to the glamorous Maltese was that they required constant imaginative grooming. Vicki, being a talented professional groomer and handler could look after these long haired little dogs easily. But Glenna, the co-owner of Four Halls Kennels, decided to look for a breed that was slightly easier to maintain and prepare for the show ring.
Glenna and George went to Crufts in 1987 and found Chinese Cresteds. In fact we found 75 of them! We liked everything about them including their outgoing, friendly attitude, their intelligence and we even convinced ourselves we liked their appearance. They are an acquired taste.
The French name for Chinese Cresteds is Chiens Nus which perhaps better describes the hairless variety of Chinese Crested although you will note from the Standard, there is an equally legitimate and very attractive Powder Puff variety that can intermingle in the same litter.
The strange history of the Chinese Crested in England is that the breeding stock in that country only arrived in the mid 1960’s. The Chinese Crested had been well known in the United States for over a hundred years but with the exception of one that was shown in 1896 at the Crystal Palace, there was no attempt to establish the breed in England.
A Mrs. Ruth Harris first imported the Chinese Crested to England in 1965 from Crest Haven Kennels in Florida. The Cresteds rapidly grew to be one of the most popular toy breeds in England.
Four Halls’ challenge if we were to start popularizing the breed in Canada would be to get appropriate breeding stock. We were recommended to Amy Fernandez in New York who agreed to sell us one of her hairless show dogs based on our reputation in Maltese. The hairless Cresteds are of course not actually hairless. They have a crest of hair on their heads, socks on their feet and a puff on their tail. However given that the rest of the dog is bare, we named our first Crested Lady Godiva.
At that time, Cresteds were not recognized in Canada or in the USA. When the American Kennel Club recognized the breed, Godiva was already four years old but she went back to the United States and got her American title with 2 five point majors enroute. We decided however that it was time the breed should be recognized in Canada.
Glenna contacted the Canadian Kennel Club only to find that to be recognized in the Toy Group the breed needed 25 dogs owned by three unrelated people and a big enough gene pool to ensure success. After considerable effort the CKC agreed that we had met the criteria and Chinese Cresteds were recognized in Canada in 1992.
Godiva by then was 6 years old. However she then proceeded to get her Canadian Title as well having already obtained the American Chinese Crested Club title.
She produced four Champions and was the grandmother of Am. Can. Ch Four Halls Indecent Exposure (Streaker), our first BIS. Crested.
Glenna is no longer breeding Cresteds but is always delighted to discuss the breed.
In the meantime Vicki was making great progress with the Maltese. The attached article from the Maltese magazine (Fall 2005) gives a good overview of the Maltese part of the Kennel.
We regret to advise that Vicki passed away on March 6th, 2019 from complications arising from Ovarian cancer. She was just 59 years old.
She will be greatly missed by her many friends, particularly in the dog world.
The Chinese Cresteds
Contact: Glenna Fierheller, 24 Pearwood Crescent, Toronto, Ontario M3B 2C2.
Phone: 416-443-1982. Fax: 416-443-9360.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
1. 1969 Am.Can.BIS.Ch. Joanne-Chen’s Shieka Dancer (Shieka)
2 1969 Ch. Mike-Mar’s Beautiful Baby (Baby) Group placer
3 1972 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Dancing Master (Treacle) Group placer, BPIG
4 1972 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Dancing Mistress (Trifle) Group placer, BPIG
5 1973 Ch. Maltacello’s Friendly Ghost (Casper) Group placer, BPIG
6 1974 Ch. Four Halls Dancing Maestro (Tortiere)
7 1976 Am.Can.BIS.BISS.PBIS.Ch. Four Halls Conversation Piece (Sprite)
8 1977 Ch. Four Halls Ouvrage D’Art (Parfait) Group placer, BPIG
9 1977 Ch. Four Halls Art de Triomphe (Brioche)
10 1979 Ch. Four Halls Art Work (Dollup) BPIG
11 1980 Ch. Four Halls Collector’s Item (Chablis) Group Winner
12 1980 Ch. Crown Jewel of Four Halls (Tapioca)
13 1981 BPIS.Ch. Four Halls Northern Sparkle (Sparkle)
14 1981 Ch. Four Halls Crème de la Crème (Chiffon) BPIG
15 1981 Ch. Four Halls Quality Control (Mandarin)
16 1982 Am.Can.Ch. Martin’s Koffee Bean Puff (Encore) U.S. and Cdn Group winner, BPIG
17 1983 Ch. Four Halls Fine Art (Noodles) Group placer
18 1984 Ch. Four Halls Dramatic Pause (Dramie) Group placer
19 1984 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Cream Of The Crop (Kahlua) BPIG
20 1984 Ch. Four Halls Icing On The Cake (Kiwi)
21 1985 Am.Can.BPIS.Ch. Four Halls Mint Perfection (Demi)
22 1985 Ch. Four Halls Mint Condition (Caviar)
23 1986 Am.Can.BIS.Ch. Martin’s Four Halls Wee Puff (Caper)
24 1986 Ch. Four Halls Collector’s Dream (Omelette) Group Placer
25 1986 Ch.Koira’s Kuhbah Mukhmal (Kuhbah)
26 1987 Ch. Shamar’s Twenty Four K Gold (Tristan)
27 1987 Ch. Moppet’s Summer Solace (Chicklet) BPIG
28 1987 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Cherry On Top (Mai Tai)
29 1988 Ch. Four Halls Great Expectations (Caesar) BPIG
30 1988 Ch. Martin’s Four Halls Magic Puff (Cheerio) Group placer
31 1989 ACCC.Am.Can.Ch. Razzmatazz Godiva Of Four Halls (Godiva)
32 1989 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Standing Ovation (Nutmeg) BPIG
33 1989 Am.Can.Ch. Martin’s Bumble Bee Puff (Bumble Bee) Group placer
34 1991 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Double Stuf (Oreo) BPIG
35 1991 Am.Can.BIS.BPIS.Ch. Martin’s Fourhalls Gleam Puff (Salsa)
36 1991 Am.Ch. Four Halls Queen Bee (Tequila)
37 1992 Am.Can.Ch. Razzmatazz Indigo At Four Halls (Indigo)
38 1993 Ch. Four Halls Blue Prints CD (Blue) Group Placer
39 1993 Am.Can.Ch. Moonswift’s Truly Fair (Chelsea) Group placer
40 1993 Ch. Four Halls Undercovered Agent (Voodoo)
41 1994 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Trick Or Treat (Microchip) Group placer, BPIG
42 1994 BPIS.Ch. Four Halls Country Charmer (Charmer) Group winner
43 1994 Ch. Four Halls Hair Trigger (Trigger) Group placer
44 1994 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Hot Little Number (Chili) Group placer, BPIG
45 1994 Am.Ch. Four Halls Taster’s Choice (Cappuccino)
46 1995 Am.Can.BIS.Ch. Four Halls Simply Irresistible (Hors D’Ouvre)
47 1995 Ch. Four Halls Simply Perfect (Canape) Group winner, BPIG
48 1995 Am.Can.BIS.BPIS.Ch. Four Halls Indecent Exposure (Streaker)
49 1996 Ch. Four Halls I’Modest Blaze Areba (Blaze)
50 1996 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Hot And Spicy (Fajita) Group winner, BPIG
51 1997 Ch. Four Halls Not A Stitch (Toupe) Group placer
52 1997 Ch. Four Halls Nothing To Wear (Naughty) Group winner, BPIG
53 1997 Am.Can.BIS.BISS.Ch. Four Halls Simply The Best (Sesame)
54 1998 Ch. Shamar’s Muscato (Oasis)
55 1999 Ch. Four Halls Huff N Puff (Huffy)
56 2000 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Too Hot To Handle (Oregano) Group placer
57 2000 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Steal The Show (Spritzer) Group winner, BPIG
58 2000 Ch. Razzmatazz Four Halls Elfin (Elfie) Group placer
59 2001 Ch. Four Halls The Full Monty (Survivor) Group placer, BPIG
60 2002 Ch. Four Halls Skinny Dipper (Imp) Group winner
61 2002 Am.Can.BIS.BPIS.RBIS.Ch. Four Halls Simply Eye Catching (Timbit)
62 2003 Ch. Four Halls Catches The Eye (Seltzer) Group placer
63 2003 Ch. Four Halls Simply Priceless (Allspice)
64 2003 Ch. Four Halls Bare Essentials (Minx) Group placer, BPIG
65 2004 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls A Matter Of Taste (Dijon) Group placer
66 2004 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Tasty Morsel (Morsel) Group winner, BPIG
67 2005 Ch. Four Halls Delmanor’s Windsong (Gaylee) Group placer, BPIG
68 2005 Ch. Four Halls In The Buff (Pixel) Group placer, BPIG
69 2006 Ch.Four Halls It’s Showtime (Peanut) Group placer
70 2006 Am.Can.Ch.Marlisa’s Sweet Kandas (Kandas) Group winner
71 2007 Ch. Four Halls Fringe Benefits (Google)
72 2007 Am.Can.Ch. Four Halls Simply A Pleasure (Kitkat) Group placer
73 2007 Ch. Four Halls’ Leave Your Hat On (Simon) Group placer, BPIG
74 2007 Am.Ch. Four Halls Made In Canada (Pistachio)