About Kristy’s Pride 

Welcome to Kristy’s Pride Chihuahua Kennel, Here you can find anything about my dogs and the breed Chihuahua. We breed & show Chihuahuas in both variety, longcoats and smoothcoats. Health, character and type is what we aim for.

I was born and raised with chihuahuas, my mother breeds chihuahuas under the affix Desierto Del Perro. I started to attend dogshows at the age of 8 years, my mom showed her chihuahaus and as we went more often I started to show them as well. As I got more and more interested in handling dogs I started showing other breeds. When I got old enough I started with the Junior Handling competition and after a couple of years I was very successful with all kinds of breeds. I had a lot of wins ; 2 times Dutch finals, went to Crufts twice, became first at the European show in Dortmund and Best overall at the world dog show in Bern, Switzerland. Besides all this I had many wins in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxemburg and Monaco.

At the age of 17, I went to the United States to work for a poodle handler called Paul Edwards. Learned lots from him about poodles and how to groom them. After 6 months working for him I went to work for a handler called Elaine Mitchell in Canada. I worked for her for 10 months and got a lot of experience on other breeds: Bichons, Cavaliers, Giant Schnauzers and Poodles. After that I started working for Shaunna Bernardin. She is a poodle breeder and an all breed handler. From her I learned a lot about grooming dogs and handling to perfection,still ever thankfull for that.

Our dogs

We breed & show Chihuahuas in both variety, longcoats and smoothcoats. Health, character and type is what we aim for.


Ch. Misty Meadow’s Catch The Sun

breeder Tuula Lehtinen-Cochetti

ownr Nicole Wirtz & Kristy Leest


Kristy’s Pride Too Cool For School

breeder Kristy

owner Kristy & Nicole


Kristy’s Pride Hardcore Denim Girl

breeder Kristy

owner Kristy & Nicole


Ch Pablo Picasso Du Petit Du Roi Mojito

breeder Nicole Wirtz

owner Nicole & Kristy


Multi Ch Misty Meadow’s Daffy Duck


Kristy’s Pride For Bitter and Worse

breeder & owner Kristy

Handling & Show training

We give show training on Wednesday evenings to serious people who would like to learn to show just that little bit extra. With my more than 30 years of experience as a handler, you have come to the right place for an experienced handler. More about the costs of this can be found via the link at the bottom of this page.

I have over 30 years of show experience myself and would like to teach this to others. The costs are €10 for a single lesson or €80 for 10 lessons. If you have more questions or if you want to sign up, you can always contact me. What we would still like to see is that people take a few drinks so that there is a turnover at the bar. The soft drinks are not expensive, there is also coffee and tea.

I hope I have informed you enough and I really hope that I will see you again at our show training. I know it’s a long drive for some, it’s a long way for me too BUT it doesn’t weigh up the right training for your dog with the results you get!!! If there is anything you can reach me at 0168-324407 or kristyspride@hotmail.com Please pass it on to others if you know someone who needs training. Until Wednesday evening