BREEDER BIO - Irish Setters were a love of Susan's from early in life. At age 14 she read a classified ad in Dog World magazine telling of an Irish Setter kennel just two miles from her home in Florida.
Susan offered to come and do kennel work for free in order to be close to the Setters. Christmas time brought the gift of her own Irish Setter puppy from those kennel owners. The next 10 years of Susan's life were dedicated to the Irish Setter breed alone. Serandida Kennels was born during this period.
The Ohio Irish Setter handler, Jim Brown, became a part of Susan's life during the mid 70's. Handling became a natural progression for Susan in the ensuing years. One of those client dogs was the incomparable Ibizan Hound Ch. Ishtar Sonnet of Loki, C.D, Fld. Ch.. Sonnet arrived from California at the end of 1979. At 8&1/2 years of age she won 6 Group placements out of 16 shows including a Group One! The breed was new and very hard to win with in those days, this was a major accomplishment at the time.
Sonnet changed the course of not only Serandida, but Jim & Susan's lives. Sonnet was such a special soul. The decision was made to launch into new waters at this time by acquiring the incredible Fortune. She was solely responsible for creating that distinct "Serandida" look. Kreskin, with his statuesque presence and dignity came along shortly after. At the time Kreskin was the top producing sire in the history of the breed. The "Fortune" x "Kreskin" all champion litter of 8 changed the direction of the breed, forever
Serandida Ibizan Hounds have had a big ongoing impact on the breed for over three decades now. Recently Ch. Serandida Spirit of Serqet "SERGIO" has been a multiple group winner and the #1 dog for 2005 and 2006. He won the 2010 breed at Westminster as a veteran dog. Two of Sergio's multiple group winning sons proved themselves that same year also. His son Ch. Serandida Spirit of Luxor "HANDSOME" was the 2010 National Specialty breed winner as well as the 2010 #1 dog, while his brother Ch. Serandida's Shadow on the Moon, "ECLIPSE" won breed and group one at the National supported entry and finished #3 for 2010. Sergio's daughter, Serandida East So Serandida, "NEFERTARI" was Winners Bitch, Best puppy and Best in Sweeps at the same 2010 National specialty from the 6-9 Puppy class.
Jim and Susan have had the same goal for over thirty years now. To breed true to the standard by quite simply breeding a better Ibizan Hound.