History of Elbereth

Our Story

  • Over 48 Years with pedigree dogs

    Our first pedigree dog joined us in 1968 – a pyrenean mountain dog, since then I have owned and bred border collies and now finnish lapphunds.  a potted history below:

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  • 1968-1971

    And so began a love affair with this stunning giant breed.  Valcarlo Itsy Bitsy enjoyed her role of flock protector, guarding the family with all her heart.

  • 1972-1975

    • First PMD litter born
    • 3rd place at Crufts for Cindy (74/75)
    • Santa wins class at Crufts (74)

    Our first litter did not carry our affix as these were only available once you bred a stud book winner.

  • 1976-1986

    • I got my first dog – Solo Mia
    • Took up obedience
    • Went off to University
    • Married Stuart

    Elbereth Princesse Quandie joined us, and won 2 CCs


The border collie years

In 1987 – my first pedigree border collie – Jocund Fay (Fly) joined us, followed in 1989 by Romellva Soda Water with Elbereth, who was to become my foundation bitch for the successful border collies carrying the Elbereth affix.  1990 saw the first Elbereth border collie litter born.

In 1992 our first Finnish lapphund joined us – Sulyka Misha at Elbereth


We no longer breed border collies – concentrating solely on the Finnish Lapphunds.  In 2011 – Elbereth Matkamies became the breed’s first champion, though there have been many significant firsts along the way.


Who really knows what the future will bring – we hope to continue to breed quality healthy dogs, and to continue judging a number of breeds.

What We Are Proud Of

  • Having duly served our apprenticeship in early 70s we won a stud book number with Santa Berger Valcarlos, so could apply for our Affix/Kennel name, Elbereth – which has now been synonymous with successful Pyreneans, Border collies and Finnish lapphunds.  Ch Dordavian Mardonius (PMD) won BOB Crufts 1987, Elbereth Nalle at Hildrek (FL) Crufts BOB 2003, Elbereth Tukka at Tabanyaruu (FL) Crufts BOB 2004, Multi Ch Elbereth Matkamies ShCM won BOB Crufts 2015 and Ch Elbereth Pelinainen JW won Crufts BOB 2016

  • 25 dogs with stud book numbers owned/bred by Elbereth

  • 52 Challenge certificates won by Finnish Lapphunds alone

    (with 8 CC won by BC and PMD bred by me)

Our History – some of the key moments

1968 - the pyreneans
  • It started with the pyreneans

    Our first PMD was Valcarlos Itsy Bitsy (“Cindy”), who started off our bug in the show ring.  We also had our first litter from her, producing Santa Berger Valcarlos

  • “Cindy”

    Valcarlos Itsy Bitsy

    Valcarlos Itsy Bitsy

1987 - Crufts BOB 1987
  • “Scott”

    Ch Dordavian Mardonius

    Ch Dordavian Mardonius

  • Ch Dordavian Mardonius

    won BOB PMD Crufts 1987 – Scott was bred by the Spencer-Browns and joined us as a mature dog, having been much admired by us, and being the sire of Elbereth Princess Quandie.  A most majestic and gentle natured boy, who sadly died too young with a torsion.

1994 - Border Collies
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    Sh Ch Elbereth Images of Magic

    Sh Ch Elbereth Images of Magic

  • Magic

    Magic was born from a half brother x sister mating between Sh Ch Sheltysham Swagman to Romellva Soda Water with Elbereth, she gained her title at 9 years of age

  • Our Ethos

  • To simply breed the best – we work hard to understand breed qualities and work with other knowledgeable breeders to breed healthy, happy dogs that meet the breed standard

    Author's imageToni Jacksonbreeder (Elbereth)