association with smooth coats began in 1989 when I
purchased my first pet chihuahua from Dorothy
Johnston, my neighbour in Hamilton, New Zealand. I
was then introduced to Shona Doecke of Alvarez
Kennels. From her I purchased several smooth coats,
and one long coat CH. Alvarez Golden Bandit who was
a top winning dog in his time.
I bred my first litter in 1989, which resulted in
CH. Salinacruz Macho Max, my first champion.
One of the smooth coats from Shona, CH. Alvarez
Final Edition, went on to win Best In Show at the
Auckland Chihuahua Club championship show in 1994
under judge Phyllis Harris of Donreo Chihuahuas in
Further success came when I bred smooth coat CH.
Salinacruz Snow White who took Best In Show at the
Auckland Chihuahua Club championship show in 1995
under Australian judge Bill Stevenson. She went on
to become my top smooth coat bitch, winning my first
ever Best In Show at the Heretaunga Plains Toy Dog
championship show in the 90's. Other In Show wins
followed, as well as a Best Of Group at an all
breeds championship show, and best bitch at the NZKC
National Dog Show three years in a row.
I then purchased Peejaymini Royal Razmtaz from Peter
Minney in Australia. "Raz" won several Best of
Groups and had three consecutive Best Of Breed wins
at the NZKC National Dog Show.
The combination of Raz and Snow White produced my
next Best Of Group winner CH. Salinacruz Suzy Wong,
who won this prestigious award at the NZKC National
Dog Show of 1998.
Also in 1998, I imported a long coat from the UK,
Flickan Flame Sprite, who became a New Zealand
champion, and won Best Of Breed at the NZKC National
Dog Show that same year.
I exported two bitches to Phillip Liebenberg in
South Africa, one of which went on to become one of
that country's top winning chihuahuas at the time.
In the late 1990s I purchased an English bitch CH.
Arrendene Razzle Dazzle, who I mated to Raz to
produce AUST and NZ CH. Salinacruz Superman. I
titled him in New Zealand before sending him to
Australia. He went on to become one of the top show
dogs in Australia, winning Runner-Up Of Group at the
Sydney Royal of 2003. I then imported one of his
progeny, AUST CH./NZ GR CH. K Finch Only T Best, aka
"Jacko", who took my show career to new heights,
becoming New Zealand's first and only grand champion
chihuahua. (Refer to the "Jacko" page for details of
this amazing dog's career.)
I have bred and exported two bitches to Mike Philip
in America, both of whom have become American
champions. AM/NZ CH. Salinacruz She's The Best won
Best Of Breed at the NZKC National Dog show in 2004
at only eleven months of age, and AM/NZ CH.
Salinacruz Drama Queen won Best In Show at the
Dominion Chihuahua Club Show in Christchurch in
I exported a dog and a bitch to Fred Veldman in
South Africa. Both are now South African champions,
one being a Best In Show and Best Of Group winner in
I am currently showing AM/CAN/AUST/NZ CH. Daggot's
Well-Cut Tanzanite (Imp USA) out of AM/NZ CH.
Salinacruz She's The Best. He has been the top
winning smooth coat for 2009-2010, winning Best Of
Breed at both the NZKC National Dog Show and the
Sydney Royal in 2009.
Salinacruz produces quality show dogs, capable of
gaining their titles anywhere in the world. We have
produced dogs that have become champions in South
Africa, America, Australia and over 35 New Zealand
champions. Most of these are featured on our
"Champions" page, and the individual dog pages list
their many achievements. I hope you enjoy your look
at Salinacruz, past and present.