Kenai Borzoi and Wind River Dobermans is a small hobby kennel striving for purebred companion canines with GOOD HEALTH, PROPER TEMPERAMENT, AND A STRONG OBSERVANCE FOR THE STANDARD, for anyone's preferred sport.
John Rowton grew up in Canada. His first show dog was a Pembroke Welsh Corgi in 1960. He bred a few Corgi litters, which included group winners. His last litter included Ruff who won the herding group from the open bitch class over specials. In the early 70's, John spent time working for an AKC licensed all breed handler in the United States. When he returned to Canada, he worked as a journalist, while continuing to show his own dogs and dogs for others.
He has owned or bred Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Whippets, Scottish Deerhounds, Dobermans, German Shorthaired Pointers, Bedlington Terriers, Dalmatians and of course Borzoi. In addition he handled a variety of breeds, including Skye Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Cairns, Silky Terriers, Shetland Sheepdogs, Dobermans, Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers and Irish Wolfhounds.
In 1984 John applied to judge part of the Terrier Group in Canada. He is now licensed by the Canadian Kennel Club to judge all breeds. He also served as the Canadian Kennel Club Director for South West BC John now judges internationally, having traveled to such places as Hong Kong, New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Brazil, Mexico, and Australia.
Michelle and John now live in Oregon in the Historic Scenic Columbia River Gorge. Kenai Borzoi is located on five acres with room for the "kids" to play. In addition to the Borzoi, they share their time with Lola, the love of John's life , three Dobermans, one rescued, two rescued house cats, one rescued Thoroughbred and Thunder a Tennessee Walking Horse.
Michelle and John are members of the Borzoi Club of America, Clackamas Kennel Club and John is the President of Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon the show that hosts the Rose City Classic.
Michelle Luckey Rowton has been involved with purebred dogs since 1968, and obtained her first Borzoi Am. Can. Ch. Troykov's Noble Thunderbird "Thunder" from Helen Dayton (Troykov Borzoi) in 1977. In 1978 Michelle was Oregon State Grand Champion in 4-H Junior Handling, with her Great Dane Lincoln's Lucky Libra and put multiple obedience titles on her Doberman, Laurel Acres Casino.
Kenai (Keen Eye) was chosen as my kennel name for the play on words. Sighthounds, keen eyes, however most folks think we are from Alaska. I was 14, little did I know!
Starting at the age of 14 I was fortunate enough to have showed Thunder to both his American and Canadian Title, his wins included group firsts and several Specialty Best in Shows. Thunder was the beginning of my love for this breed.
Limited breeding over the years has produced several champions including multiple Best in Show Dogs, Multiple Specialty winners at both Regional and National events, Lure Coursing Champions and Obedience Champions.
Kenai's goals over the years has been to develop companion Borzoi the possess a blend of Function, Health, and Beauty.
In 2004 I adopted a very large Doberman from Multnomah County Animal Services. "Stetson" quickly became a very big part of the Kenai Family and rekindled my love of Dobermans hence our new endeavor into the wonderful world of Wind River Dobermans.