European Dogs

We began importing from bassets from Europe in 2002 as a way to bring
new blood into our line.  Many European breeders still prize hounds with size,
bone and wrinkle, which we see is lacking in many American bloodlines.

We met Carla Gerber of Hollandheim when she judged the 2001 BHCSC  Specialty and learned that she had a female available from her Norris X Ziggity Zig's  "E" litter.  This is how Ch. English Rose V. Hollandheim (Ziggy) became a true California Girl
the first European member of the Desiree Acres Pack

We have since gone into partnership with our friends Jeffie and Steve Casey to bring Ch. Swede Sun's Qarla, the first Swede Sun basset to America, as well as two Hollandheim  littermates, Diplomat Van Hollandheim and Dazzler Van Hollandheim
~ Our European hounds are pictured below, with our most recent imports listed first ~ 

Grand Ch. Diplomat Van Hollandheim "
Whelped 12/2009 Breeder: Carla Gerber Owners: Steve & Jeffie Casey Co-Owners: Ron & Mary Lukins
Imported from Carla Gerber, "Zeke" and his littermate "Lucy" arrived in the US  at the age of 3 months.  Zeke quickly finished his championship at 15 months of age with  3 majors, including WD/BOW at the BHCSC Specialty (See Show News)                      .

This handsome boy has it all -- type, bone, size
and temperament    -- all in a beautifully sound, well balanced package. And don't let his size fool you -- this boy can MOVE!
 ~ Zeke is also the sire of our 2010 litter ~
Click on  2010 Pups  for photos & updates of  "The Tonka Toy Boys"

"Zeke" and littermate "Lucy" as pups:

Pedigree of




Ebony Dominik


Ch. Morgan Dominik



Basic Instinct V Hollandheim

Ch. Ion Ion De Ianca



Ch. Norris V Hollandheim


Unica V. Hollandheim



Karipat Ziggy-Zig



Ch Sonny Olde Fashion Spumoni


Ch. Norris V. Hollandheim



Ch. Deborah V Hollandheim

Common Sense V. Hollandheim



Ch. Forrester V Hollandheim


Ch. Vogue V. Hollandheim



Ch. Haya V Hollandheim

Dazzler Van Hollandheim "
Whelped 12/2009 Breeder: Carla Gerber Owners: Steve & Jeffie Casey 

A littermate to Zeke, Lucy and her brother live with Steve and Jeffie. Bred to Ch. Bassbar's Club Cass, This lovely lady  produced 6 champions.

Lucy is also the grandmother or our newest girl, Pixie (Wobegon's Pixie Styx of Desiree Acres).

Ch. Swede Sun's Qarla "
Qarlie" (pronounced Car-lee)
Whelped 9/14/2007  Breeder: Paula Sunebring
Owners: Ron & Mary Lukins and Cecilia
We went into partnership with our friends Steve and Jeffie Casey to bring our second European to America, this time from Paula Sunebring's top winning Swede Sun kennel .

Qarlie is the first Swede Sun basset to come to America and the first to become an American Champion.
This little 3 month old bundle of energy came out of her crate at L. A. X. airport and  immediately decided that California was "her kind of town".

Qarlie finished in style with two Specialty wins-- see Show News   for additional photos

Pedigree of
Ch. Swede Sun's



Ch. Happydream Del Caprifoglio


Ch. Swede Sun’s Adam



Ch. Swede Sun’s Alsa

Swede Sun’s Nigel



Ch. Swede Sun’s Konrad


Ch. Swede Sun’s Erika



Ulrica V Hollandheim






Ch. Happydream Del Caprifoglio


Ch. Twinkling Spencer Original Big bone



Dorothy Del Caprifoglio

Ch. Tina Turner V Grunsven



Ch. Balmacara Baxter


Orange Tulip V Grunsven



Ch. Dynamic Daisy V Grunsven

Ch. English Rose V. Hollandheim "
Whelped March 13, 2002  Breeder: Carla Gerber Owners: Ron and Mary Lukins
Bred from the Norris X Ziggity Zig "E" litter, Ziggy was 5 months old when she arrived in the United States. After a  24 hour flight it took her about 1/2 hours to become a part of the Desiree Acres Pack. That first night she snuggled up to pack leader Scout and they were been "best buds" their entire lives.
Ziggy easily finished her US championship in 2004, exclusively handled by Mary.
She also made a tremendous contribution
to our bloodlines ~ she is the  mother of Desiree Acres Razberi Zinger (sired by Ch. Desiree Acres Foster) and grandmother of our show stars GCh. Snickers, Ch. Saint Cecilia, GCh. Dozer, GCh. Diesel and Ch. Dexter.

Pedigree of
Ch English Rose V Hollandheim



Ch. Olde Fashion Neapolitan


Ch. Sonny Olde Fashion Spumoni



Gross Quiet Riot Venture

Ch. Norris V Hollandheim



Ch. Lonesome Lover V Hollandheim


Ch. Deborah V Hollandheim



Ch. Sensation V Hollandheim






Switherland Desert Orchid


Switherland Design



Switherland Designer Jeans

Ch. Karipat Zigity Zig



Bassbarr on Parade of Andyne


Karipat Mary Poppins



Karipat Lacy

We lost our darling and feisty Ziggy at the age of 10 1/2
 She will be forever missed -- we cannot begin to repay her for her contributions  to the Desiree Acres Pack

To see additional Show Photos of Ziggy, Qarlie and Diplomat, click on the "Show News" link

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