As of May 2016, my Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs relocated to Rutherfordton, North Carolina, in the Western part of the state, after spending the last dozen years in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I have been involved in the sport of dogs since the 1970's, growing up in a home that bred and showed Old English Sheepdogs. That experience informed much of who I am today, as both an owner and breeder of dogs. In 2004, I welcomed my first Greater Swiss Mountain Dog and my life was forever changed. Although I am a breeder who shows and participates in events with my dogs, I am equally if not more committed to educating the public about Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs...the sheer joy these dogs can bring to our lives, as well as the heartache.
I hope you'll find this website a bit different from most GSMD breeder sites on the internet. First, I write about myself in the first person. None of this "Kristin did X" or "Kristin thinks Y". I prefer to tell you directly what I think, what I do, and why. You will not read phrases like "At Aegis, we believe" or "All Swissies at Aegis..." on my website. There is no "we" here. And Aegis is not a place, nor is it a philosophy. It's just a word used in the registered names of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs bred by me, to help identify their roots and where they come from. Aegis is not accountable to anyone. I am. Second, and most importantly, I am not here to sell puppies, or even sell you on this breed, but rather to provide a realistic and balanced picture of what owning a Swissy means.