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Chris & Ivan Rakyta
1675 State Route 73
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

At Makepeace Newfoundlands we do not breed Newfoundlands as a source of income.  Our goal is the betterment of the breed.  We began our research of the breed some 16 years ago and waited for a year and a half for our first Newf puppy.  She was our foundation bitch and went on the become a Versatile Newfoundland, VN CH Waidin's Makepeace Addie, CD, DD, WRD, CGC.   Temperament and health are of the highest priority in our breeding program.  We are certainly proud of our Newfs & families that have gone on to earn titles in water, draft, etc. but we are equally proud of the many therapy dogs that are giving back in their community!  We believe that it is only through research and sound breeding practices that the Newfoundlands can continue to achieve the standard set forth.

Several years before being blessed with our first Newfoundland, we were told "It is an honor to live with these guys." This has proven to be very true and we hope that through careful, selective breeding practices we can produce healthy Newfs with a sweet disposition so we may share this experience with others. ~ Chris & Ivan

Makepeace NEWS UPDATE:

Meet Makepeace Vintage Seamus!  Born 9/13/13 (Ivan's birthday.  His parents are CH Makepeace Squire Boone and Makepeace Fair Wind.   You can visit "Vinnie the Newf" on Facebook.


       Vinnie and his mentor, CH Makepeace Chief Grady...










      Belle had a nice major win at the Winter Classic in Cleveland, Ohio

                        BigDogFarm's Belle De Jour At Makepeace












Crufts 2013


Trip of a lifetime!  We had quite a journey and a successful show.  There were 193 Newfoundlands entered.  "Umm" placed 3rd in the "open class" which is made up of top notch dogs from all over the world, international champions, etc.  Attached are some photos of "Umm".  In Europe the judge is required to write a critique of the top three dogs in each class - something we should certainly consider here in the U.S.A.  There is a link you can click on to read the judges nice review of "Umm". 


 GCH BigDogFarm's Intenso Azzurro,

a.k.a. "Umm" 




Again, many thanks to his Breeder/Owner Andrea Turner Cook and Owner/Handler Cindy Hunt for entrusting me with their lovely boy.



Congrats to the newest Makepeace Champion,

CH Makepeace Bound for port, aka "gabe"

He finished his Championship in Amana, IA

September 1, 2012




We are proud to announce that we are an AKC Breeder Of Merit,

to learn more about the qualifications to achieve this status, follow this link




              Chris Rakyta,

                                                AKC Registered Handler


     Click Here for Dog Show Handling Page 


                        Click the Icon to go to the AKC website.


  We are working on it! 


Introducing the "Makepeace Gate" by Jezroc Metal Works!                                         



This is the most wonderful addition to our dog life (just short of puppies!)  We threw away the ugly baby gates that we have been fighting and falling over for over 15 years.  It's amazing how something so simple can change your daily life!  Matt & Jen built this custom design for us and they have now named the design "Makepeace".  How fun is that!  Please visit their website to see more of their wonderful products,


                                       Makepeace Family Photo Album -

                          look what our family is busy doing....

                      Meet the Newest Members of the Makepeace Family

Am / Can Champion Topmast Seamus At Northwood

 2008 Makepeace Versatile Newfoundlands

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