Kennel Merrilow is a small hobby-based kennel founded in 2005.
Kennel consists of Triinu Ann Mölder, her husband Kalev and their dogs. Triinu’s mother Ester, who is a former member of the kennel, is still supporting with her knowledge. She is a veterinarian living abroad and traveling most of her time.
We work at home office as designers/artists and have quite a lot time for our dogs who all have the status of family members. Our dogs play a big part in our everyday life and surely have their well earned special place in our hearts. We can’t imagine life or future without dogs.
It all started in 2001 when Triinus’ family was looking for a pet Labrador puppy.
In April 2002 they got Emma (Forest Fan Emma, RIP 2002-2013) and it all started. Very soon they were into shows, competing in obedience, bloodtracking, forest rescue, picking up at shootings etc. Emma was very sweet and easy to train. They gained many nice wins from competitions and many more 2nd places from dog shows 😀
It was over 15 years ago.
Emma is a foundation of this kennel. From her we have Mer. Elisa “Berta” (qualifyed on the field, used in hunting, 2x CC) and her grand-daughter Mer. Sweet Child O Mine “Emmy” (EE JCH).
Addition to Labradors we have also a Chesapeake Bay Retriever girl Arnac Bay Gull aka Britt who is still a youngster. But the hope is to show and work with her.
My goal is to breed overall healthy Retrievers, not forgetting that they should please the eye and have the correct wonderful temperament and ability to work.
All our dogs will be hip scored and eye-checked before breeding, and have passed a working test. I do breed no more than a litter in 5 years. We have had only 3 litters since the beginning.
Our puppies are raised in a normal home environment with love. The new owner of a Merrilow puppy will always be carefully guided for this life-long relationship and I will always be there for them.
Choice of breeds
Labrador Retriever is my true love and “my breed” as I admire it’s health, temperament, and versatility.
My other secret fondness, and an opposite to a Labrador, is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. We welcomed Britt (Arnac Bay Gull) in 2016.
I attend any lecture and class to get more educated in canine related issues. Current goal for me and Kalev, is to pass huntsman exams and become hunters (- all for my dogs). Note: Kalev passed the exams.
Where We Live
We live in the centre of Southern Estonia in Tartu which is the second largest city of Estonia (population of 100,000 in an area of 38.8 square kilometres). The Emajõgi River, which connects the two largest lakes of Estonia, flows for the length of 10 kilometres within the city limits and adds colour to the city. Tartu has strong cultural history and old traditions. The first written records of Tartu date from 1030.
Our home is located 10 min walk from parks and a river. A short drive and we are out of the city in the fields or in the forest, and the largest veterinary clinic of Estonia is situated very near to us.
We have long and cold winters (-20 C) and not so long warm summers (+20-30 C). Hunting season for duck hunt starts from August 20th and lasts til the end of October and sometimes til the beginning of November.
Our dogs are part of our family and life.
Triinu Ann Mölder & Co