Welcome to Calabrone Show Dogs

Located in Davidson, a small town just outside Charlotte, North Carolina, we are a small hobby kennel dedicated to raising and loving the best dogs in the world – Australian Shepherds, Tibetan Spaniel and Pekingese. We are proud AKC Breeders of Merit and members of the Australian Shepherd Club of America, Pekingese Club of America, Tibetan Spaniel Club of America, Citrus Capital Pekingese Club and the Pekingese Club of Georgia.  We show our dogs in Rally, Agility, Fast Cat and Conformation. All of our dogs live in our home and their most important job is that of our pets.

We are so very proud of our accomplishments in the ring where our dogs have been successful at the highest levels, but more important than ribbons our dogs are part of our family.

Jodie Strait

Since 2007, all of our puppies have been raised in our home and are handled immediately. They are brought up with the sights and sounds of a home and we spare no expense to ensure they are happy and healthy. I always cringe when I hear people say “Oh I just want a pet” to me the most important job our dogs have is to be someone’s best friend! All of our dogs have basic obedience including the AKC Puppy STAR accreditation as a juvenile and the AKC Canine Good Citizenship as adults.

The cornerstone of our breeding program is a great temperament. If they cannot live in our home, then they are not part of our breeding program! Our active breeding of Aussies has for the most part ended.  We still have a few co-owned girls and frozen semen available on our males, but have moved to showing smaller breeds, specifically the Tibetan Spaniel and Pekingese.  Of course Aussies are still part of the family but I wanted to show my own dogs and Aussies were just too big for this to occur.

Our kennel is not big and that is a decision we made in the beginning.  In fact there is no kennel! All of the dogs live in our home and these are our PETS. This is not a business, it is a passion.  We don’t breed or show for money, we love the breed and try to showcase these amazing dogs while loving them. 

The story behind the name Calabrone.

I am sure you are wondering and it is simple, Calabrone is Italian for Bumble Bee and we would be nothing without our matriarch CH Bayshore’s Bumble Bee so it made sense to honor her and my Italian heritage! Bummy was the start of it all and we miss her every day and honor her with the name Calabrone!

Show Updates

We will be giving a report on each show that we attend.

Current Show Dogs

Meet the current Calabrone Show Dog show string! We are very proud of these youngsters and are so excited about the future!

Retired Show Dogs

Everyone wants to know how all of the kids are doing and we keep these pages updated. These dogs are all owned by or bred by Calabrone!