Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

Australian Shepherds


Welcome to our website and thank you for taking the time to visit us and our dogs. Takari Kennels is owned by Tari and Karl Hafner. It is located just south of Fulton, NY below Lake Ontario. Dogs have always been part of both of our lives so it was natural to become involved with them as time went by. Karl is an avid backpacker and part of the reason our first dog was a Bernese was so that he would have a backpacking buddy to go with him. Bernese are what started this passion for dogs in our lives. After 25 years of breeding and showing Bernese though, the time has come to move on to smaller dogs. The Bernese will remain in our hearts but not in our kennel.  Tari has been a member of the BMDCA (Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America) since 1988. She chaired the National Specialty in 2005. To date, this is the largest specialty show the BMDCA has ever had. 

Tari is a member of the ACKCSC (American Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club) and is a founding member of the CKCSCNENY (Cavalier King Charles Club of North Eastern New York). Our first Cavalier came to live with us in 1996. She was already grown and gave us our first Champion Cavalier. 

We also have an Australian Shepherd and Tari is a member of ASCA (Australian Shepherd Club of America) and HONYASC (Heart of NY Australian Shepherd Club).

Tari is also a member of the local all breed dog club, OKA (Onondaga Kennel Association). Needless to say, she is very involved with dogs at all levels.  

Karl is a Family Practice physician in private practice in the town of Fulton. He has been in practice since 1983 in this community. We have two children, Jeff and Danielle. Jeff is a physicist living in Baltimore, Maryland.  Danielle is married to Marques Johnson and both of them are in Portland, Maine doing their respective medical residencies. Danielle is working on Child Psychiatry and Marques is doing General Surgery. 

Please take the time to look through our site and visit with our lovely dogs. Our breeding goals are to improve the breed through careful line-breeding and out-crossing. Whenever we breed a litter  it is with the intention of keeping a puppy. Therefore, we try not to produce puppies unless we feel that they will possess those qualities that we wish to keep. We strive to produce puppies that will serve as companions but which will also be capable of doing many types of jobs such as obedience, agility, draft and other jobs usually performed by their breed.

Puppies in both of our breeds are sold either as pets or with the potential for showing. Potential is just that, potential. It is not a guarantee that they will easily attain a title but that they appear to have that potential as puppies. Puppies sold as pets will go to their new homes with a limited registration meaning that they may not be bred and must be spayed or neutered when they are old enough.

We recently obtained the honor of being an AKC Breeder of Merit by AKC. We met all requirements for getting this award and are very proud of it.

When you see the CHIC label or see a dog that has a CHIC number, it means that the dog has cleared all health testing required by the AKC parent club. Most of my dogs have more testing done that what is required because I feel that being informed is the best way to breed better dogs.

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