Jim Briley lives in Opelousas, LA with his wife, Theresa, four Doberman Pinschers , and an assortment of animals including doves, pigeons, and macaws. Jim and Theresa are the parents of one daughter and two sons, all married and living in the same area.
Jim is approved to judge all Working and Hound Breeds, Miniature Pinschers and several other Toy Breeds, Jr. Showmanship, and Best In Show.
Jim purchased his first Doberman Pinscher in the late 1960's, specifically for obedience training. This bitch was of the Marks-Tey breeding and completed her CD, CDX, and UD degrees in short order, going High in Trial several times.
The "Dobes of Aquarius" came into being in 1974 with the purchase of Ch. Bailes' Beau Rikki V Rehbar. This was the first Doberman Pinscher finished by Jim. In 1976, Jim and Richard Brue co-bred a litter producing Ch. Rehbar Delissa of Aquarius who became a Top 20 contender in 1978; as well as becoming the dam of 8 American Champions. Her daughter, Vanessa, produced 14 American Champions, 11 sired by the incomparable Ch Brunswig's Cryptonite. Vanessa was Brood Bitch of the Year in 1991, and was also the dam of Odessa - a Top 20 winner the same year. In 1995 from the "Delissa-Vanessa" breedings came the 1995 DPCA Best of Breed Winner, Ch. Aquarius Damien v Ravenswood, winner of 55 All Breed Best in Shows. Damien is one of 80+ Aquarius Champions.
In the last few years Aquarius has been joined by Ron Babics who has been co-breeding all litters here at Aquarius. Ron resides near St Louis, Missouri. Plans are to continue breeding Dobes under the prefix of Aquarius. Since Ron has come aboard several Champions have become a reality and more exciting litters are being planned. This certainly is an exciting venture.
Puppies bred by Aquarius are out of bitches that have been health tested for Thyroid, VWD Vet-Gen and are OFA'd. Puppies are guaranteed healthy when leaving Aquarius Kennels. All puppies are cropped and properly immunized before leaving at 10-12 weeks of age. After puppies have been cropped, they are separated in order to develop independence, such as sleeping in a crate alone, and are placed in individual runs next to each other so they can run and play with each other along the runs. Each puppy is lead trained (informally) and placed on several surfaces to play, such as carpet, linoleum, concrete, asphalt, gravel, etc. When the puppy arrives at his new home, there should be no crying and the puppy should be well adjusted and socialized. Prices generally range from $1500 to $2500. All pet/companion puppies will be sold with an AKC limited registration. Please email us if you have any questions.
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