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Karen Byrd with Ch.Caratoots Captains Choice and Ch. Caratoots Compassionate Casanova
Welcome to the the website of Kennel Silkwings!

My name is Karen Byrd and I am the proud owner of Kennel Silkwings. I have been breeding and showing dogs for many years, starting off with Dalmatians and Beagles. In 1999 I acquired my first Papillon from Kennel Caratoot's in Sweden. Since Ch. Caratoot's Captain Courageous came into my life, he has had a very special place in my heart.

Ch. Caratoots Captain Courageous

I and my papillons live in the beautiful countryside just outside Atlanta in Georgia, USA. We have a large property with many different kinds of animals, and the dogs may roam around freely in a large part of the estate. You will not see my dogs crated, as I believe this is not a dignified way of life for my little darlings. Although they are greatly rewarded showdogs, at home they are also my pets and should have as a good life as possible.

The Kennel Silkwings estate

As you will see while browsing my website, I have a clear devotion and passion for papillons of elegance and perfection. Even though good looks are a prerequisite for good results at dog shows, I consider a healthy construction and a sound temperament of utmost importance as well.

Please read more about my kennel, breeding philosophy and history with dogs in the succeeding pages. Enjoy the pictures and pedigrees of the Papillons that I value so high. If you are interested in acquiring a puppy from Kennel Silkwings, an inquiry form is available for your convenience.

Finally I would really appreciate if you would be kind and sign my guestbook before leaving.

Thank you for stopping by, and please enjoy your visit at Kennel Silkwings.

Best regards,

Karen Byrd

Latest News

Ch. Caratoots Captains Choice

Swedish Champion

In the beginning of September Ch. Caratoot's Captains Choice added her Swedish Champion title to her already achieved American title. "Emma" went over with me to Sweden for the World Dog Show in beginning of July, and when I went home a week later she stayed behind with my dear friend Kaj Gänger to try to get her Swedish title. Which she now has succeded with!

Emma went BOB and got both the Swedish CAC and the international Cacib, under the Swedish judge Mr Mikael Nilsson. 

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Ch. Caratoots Compassionate Casanova

New Swedish Import

I am proud to announce our new Swedish import; Swedish Champion Caratoot's Compassionate Casanova. "Linus" is a son of my Ch. Caratoot's Captain Courageous. He is a black and white gourgeous male, with lots of correct coat and fringes. His tailset, topline and remaining construction is exactly what you could wish for. As he has a very outgoing and wonderful temperament, there is never a dull moment when he is around.

"Linus" was the No 6 Top Winning Papillon Dog 2007 in Sweden (No 9 in 2006), and I am sure he will do great here in the States when he soon starts his show career. Look out for this handsome Casanova!

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Karen Byrd with Ch. Caratoots Captains Choice

World Dog Show

In the beginning of July I went to Sweden and entered my Ch. Caratoot's Captains Choice into the World Dog Show in Stockholm. 20.661 dogs were entered from 57 countries, out of these 157 were papillons. In connection to the WDS, two breeder club shows (circuit) were held by the Papillon Club of Sweden and the Swedish Toy Dog Club. "Emma" were entered in all three shows, was placed 4th Best Bitch in Open Class, 2nd Best Bitch in Champion Class (WDS) and finally Best Bitch in Open Class. What a great show weekend we had!