Garth & Janet
All our dogs are family dogs, first and foremost, here at Riava. While we both enjoy hunting as a husband and wife team, Janet takes the lead in day to day training and the overall breeding program.
We live on an acreage in Red Deer County, where we are beautifully set up to let our dogs enjoy their best lives. We also have 2 beloved horses, as well as a few spoiled barn cats.
You'll often see us spending time with our daughter, Kelsey, and her family. We love making memories with our grandkids Kade, Hannah, and Kallan.
What we strive to produce
We breed our animals to have friendly dispositions to fit in seamlessly as incredible family pets, but to also have incredible hunting instincts and trainability.
How we began
At Riava Small Munsterlander Hunting Dogs, we have taken something which started as a family passion and turned it into a reputable & multiple award winning breeding program.
We fell in love with the breed when we first imported our beloved Rico in 2010. He was the start of the wonderful adventure we have been on since. Soon after, we imported Diava, to get our founding breeding pair. They are the name sake of this program, their names joined together to create Riava!
Our sweet Diava sadly left us in October of 2020, after a long and happy life. Rico is still the patriarch of the pack at home, and showing the young guns the way of life and hunt, even in his 12th year! To round out our current pack, we have sweet homebred Jixy, as well as Anja who we imported from Kennel Pointing Paws in Denmark in March 2022.