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Robyn and Bianca with our family of IWS's and Shirley

Peter, Robyn and Bianca van Haasteren - Elaine Thompson

 Adelaide  South Australia  

Phone +61- (0)  8 8356 4844 -  tirriki@chariot.net.au

Peter and Robyn established Tirriki (Australian aboriginal meaning laughter, joy) in 1971. A partnership was formed with daughter Bianca in the 1980ís.  More recently Robynís sister Elaine has joined Tirriki after her 35 year Canadian sojourn. The three families live in various suburbs of Adelaide.


First and foremost, the dogs are our companions, sharing our homes.  We have been dedicated to the Irish Water Spaniel for more than 30 years and while we no longer participate in the many other fields of endeavour available to this versatile breed, we continue to promote them in the show ring.

As breeders and exhibitors we are the custodians of our breeds. We believe that we have the responsibility to preserve the breed characteristics and breed to the highest standard possible maintaining the function of the breed.  Three breeds have borne the TIRRIKI prefix: German Shorthaired Pointer, Irish Water Spaniel and Border Terrier producing All Breeds Best in Show winners in each breed.

Robyn and Bianca are the only Irish Water Spaniel specialists in Australia to hold licenses to judge Gundogs.  Bianca is also licensed to judge Toys. Peter & Robyn are Patrons of the Gundog Club of SA, Robyn also a Life Member while Bianca is a Life Member of the Junior Kennel Club of SA.
We are proud to showcase our precious dogs past and present for you.  Enjoy a leisurely visit as you take in the history of Tirriki, the achievements of the breeds we love and with which we share our lives today.  
We would like to thank Dion Humbler, Kerry Baxter and Caroline Sheekey for their help and support when ever needed - as handlers, companions or general helpers.....you know that you are all appreciated.  You have all (at different times and in different ways) helped Tirriki achieve the our successes and we wanted to say 'Thanks'.


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