We are Jo & Paul Dalton, We are very experienced owners and breeders of Boston Terriers, Whippets and Standard Smooth Hair Dachshunds, having owned and been involved in dogs all of our lives. We have been breeding since 2000 and have owned, bred and loved Boston Terrier’s since 2009, Whippets from 2017 and more recently in early 2023 gone back into Dachshunds, all be it standards this time. This is wholey thanks to a dear experienced breeder friend Karis Small
of Devondax Dachshunds
which has meant we have secured a stunning foundation bitch: 'Devondax Roses Are Red In Mumuland'
on which we can build a sound and healthy line. Jo was involved with rescue Whippets when she worked for the RSPCA during 1995/1996 and has loved the breed ever since. We have owned and bred all three variities of Miniature Dachshunds but due to the health issues we expericned with our Miniature Dachshunds from 2000 - 2009, we decided we had to make the very diffiuclt decision to pause our breeding programme and have a long hard think about our future as dog breeders. From 2011 we owned French Bulldogs, but despite doing what we could to ensure the health of our dogs and having each one health tested to FBCE (French Bulldog Club Of England) Gold standard, the increased health issues associated with the breed meant that in 2014, we were forced to make yet another very difficult decision to stop breeding them. Put plain and simply, in both instances, we could not justify the continuation of breeding a breed of dog or from our particular lines, when we felt we really could not guarantee the health of the resulting puppies, no matter how much we loved the breed.
Our kennel name “Mumuland” (pronounced ‘moo moo Land’) comes from Bill Drummond’s band ‘The KLF’ and was granted in early 2013 and has replaced our former kennel name of ‘Daltdach’ which was Dachshund related as we needed a Kennel name unassociated with a single breed that at the time we no longer owned or bred. We still own the kennel Name 'Daltdach' but no puppy has been registered under it since April 2013.
We strive to breed happy, healthy dogs, who are of sound temperament and type who conform to the breed standard for all three breeds as well as Fit For Function. Therefore we health test all of our breeding dogs, the health tests for our Bostons include patella scoring, heart testing and regular BVA Eye examinations for Late Onset Hereditary Cataracts. In addition to this all of our Bostons are either 'DNA tested Clear' or born 'Hereditary Clear' of Juvenile Hereditary Cataracts, meaning ALL Boston Terrier puppies bred by us are born 'Hereditary Clear' of JHC. Although there are no Kennel Club recommended health tests for Whippets, as they are on the whole one the healthiest breeds that exist - we do for our peace of mind, have our whippets heart tested by BVA specailest cardiologist anually. Again there are no recomendations for health tests for the standard Smooth Hair Dachshund, but all of our breeding dogs will be X-rayed and screened for IVDD at the age of two before being bred from.
We are members of the Northern Boston Terrier Club, The UK Whippet Club and have recently rejoined the East Of England Dachshund Club. We are proud of the fact we are fully inspected UKAS Kennel Club Assured Breeders and on our way to becoming Local Authority Licensed Breeders again in our new permanent home here at Swineshead Bridge in Lincolnshire, which is the next village to the one in which we lived from 2012 - 2017 before we moved to Newark in Nottinghamshire in May 2017 and where we held our previous 5 star localal authority breeding licence. We are very pleased to be back in the peaceful Lincolnshire Fens and feel very lucky to live where we do, with plenty of space and endless countryside for the dogs along side us to explore. Jo is passionate about everything she does and is fully trained in dog Ultrasound Scanning and is a trained and registered as a Pet Microchip implanter as well as trained in other dog breeding realted practices and runs 'The Top Dog Breeding Welfare & Education Centre' which is a comprehensive Dog Health, Welfare & Breeding service for breeders and owners of 'Man's Best Friend'. She is currently training to be able to offer the iPET Network, Ofqual Regulated Dog Breeding Courses, along side offering dog welfare consultancy and writing content on dog breeding and breed specific literature of her chosen breeds. This is to help educate dog breeders and dog owners alike, in addition to striving to improve and reform dog breeding practices and first and foremost dog welfare here in the UK.