Nightquest kennels is set on 2.5 acres which
allows our dogs plenty of room to romp and play. We are a small
select kennel where our dogs are foremost our guard and pet
We had thoroughly researched all dog breeds and had decided to go
down to the local dog show and see our two finalists in the flesh.
One being the Bullmastiff and the other the Rottweiler. We were
pointed in the direction of the Bullmastiffs and there was no need
to continue our search. There we saw this little pudgy four month
old puppy sitting upright, ears flying, greeting everyone that
passed. 'Love at first sight!'. Unbelievably this puppy was for sale
and we quickly organized payment. We couldn't believe our luck. What
a perfect day!
We had no intention of showing 'Amy' at that stage, but after
meeting and talking to some exhibitors we thought it sounded like a
bit of fun. And there is what started my show career and obsession
to compete in the conformation ring with Bullmastiffs. To our
surprise 'Amy' gained her Australian Champion Title and I gained a
hobby I love.
Further down the track we decide upon a mate for 'Amy' and we bred
our first litter. What an experience! We kept a male from this
litter 'Digby', who in turn gained his Australian Championship title
and ended up being one of our most successful show dogs.
this 'Amy' was always at her most comfortable when curled up on the
front seat of my husbands van ready for their days work. She was a
beautiful girl and we treasured every memory we had with her. She is
the one to credit for our continued support in this Majestic breed.
Thank you Amy.
Today it is myself, Michele Edwards, and my daughter,
Elise Edwards (pictured above), who show and breed the dogs. My husband is supportive
but dog showing is just not his thing.
We currently have 5 Bullmastiffs living with us. 3 are being shown
and two are retired veterans.
We always plan to better ourselves with each litter. We hip
and elbow score all our breeding stock. We always use the best quality dogs in our breeding program. We breed from dogs that have
proven this by gaining their Australian Championship Title.
We have big things planned for the future and hope that we can
continue with the success we have already been lucky enough to
We are at most of the larger
Victorian Shows and are willing to introduce you to our dogs and
answer any questions you may have on this magnificent breed.
We occasionally have puppies available to suitable homes but advise
that there may be a wait so get your name on a waiting list as soon
as you are ready. We also advise this is a breed that needs
socializing and obedience, it is not a breed to leave in the
backyard and ignore.
could walk she has always been interested in our dogs.
We have always had Bullmastiffs, so she was used to their size and
She had always been a great help at home, helping me with feeding,
walking, and training of all the dogs..
At the age of 9 Elise started helping me in the show ring and then
by the age of 11 she was handling her own Bullmastiff as well as
helping me with mine.
interest in showing Bullmastiffs then continued on into the child
handler ring where children compete in different age groups against
each other, judged only on handling skills.
Elise has had a lot of great wins in her short time handling.
2009 Elise qualified for the Junior Handler 'Victorian State Final'
in only her first full year of handling. She handled our girl Ch
Nightquest Belle Du Jour and much to our thrill, she won her age
class 7 to under 13 years.
In 2010 Elise qualified again for the State Finals and this year
handled a Whippet. This year she won her age group 10 and 13 years
and then went on and came Runner Up Best Handler overall out of the
3 age groups.
In 2013 Elise qualified again for the State Finals. This time she
handled a Jack Russell Terrier. She made the final 5 shortlist and
was then given a
Rhodesian Ridgeback as her swap
dog. She won her
age group 13 and under 18 years and then went on to win against the
other age groups, Best overall handler in Victoria.
As a winner of the Victorian State Final she went to Tasmania to
represent our State, Nationally. At this event she handled a Whippet
and the swap dog that was chosen for her was an Old English
Sheepdog. She came 2nd which earnt her the title of Runner Up
National Handler for 2013. This was a huge honour and something we
are all very proud of.
Special thanks to everyone who has given Elise advice and
allowed her to handle their dogs.
The Nightquest Champions
We have Bred 1 Supreme
Champion, 3 Grand Champions, and 39 Australian
Champions (7 of these were from one litter). We are also very proud
to have bred 12 Best Exhibit in show winners at Breed Specialty, Open
and All Breeds Shows.