Who we are ...

and a bit of our history.

We are Olaf and Monique Verhorevoort owners of Carmichaels Kennel. We lost our hearts to the beautiful American Staffordshire Terrier breed. We are a small kennel based in the south of the Netherlands. We strive for happy, health dogs full of quality and excellent social behavior. At Carmichaels it is always quality over quantity and we breed on a limited basis only. We strive for a few well chosen combinations per year. Needless to say that all our dogs are officially tested and certified for: heart, hips, elbows and ataxia. They also need to pass the Kennel Club´s official MAG test (character) before we can even consider them to use in our breeding program.

On the right: Diego wins the Club Meeting 1997 // Judges:
Mrs Kerssemeyer (The Netherlands) and Miss Kersbergen (The Netherlands).

It all started back in the early nineties when we acquired our first dog, Amstock Rechy, out Ch Skrams Chasqui Mountain Lion and Tippitt’s Steffy. We purchased him as a pet and family dog. The breeder asked us if Rechy could be shown. Rechy booked some nice results and from then on we were “hooked” and a new hobby was born.


Diego BOB National Dutch Speciality 2003 and Winning Terrier Group at Int show Liege - Belgium

Because of the successes we booked with Rechy we decided to purchased a second dog and many more followed in the years after. We mainly focus on US bloodlines and during the years we have imported 7 dogs from the USA. Besides this we already visited USA based breeders 5 times for matings for our well selected bitches. In special occasions we decided to import frozen semen from exclusvive bloodlines. By now you understand we have and still put a lot of effort in trying to improve our breeding program and it´s future results.


Stich – Best of Winners USA National Speciality 2009

At Carmichaels we feel every serious breeder should have a mission statement that can sum up their breeding program.  We all want to breed dogs that fit the standard however you have to add your priorities for form, function, silhouette, movement, temperament, health, and breed character aswell.


Sparky wins Best of Winner Regional / Best in Sweepstakes Nationals / Award of Merit National Speciality USA 2010

Over time a breeder should be able to put his “stamp” a style to breed type that identifies a dog from their kennel.  As breeders we have to establish our priorities in order to try and breed better dogs.  In order to try and improve our breeding program and it`s offspring I believe it is also paramount to improve yourself aswell. I therefore invested a lot of time and energy in educating myself by studying in order to expand my cynological and canine knowledge. I passed all available courses and exams initiated and organized by the offical Dutch Kennel Club:
∫ Cynological Knowledge Course 1
∫ Cynological Knowledge Course 2
∫ Exterior & Movement Course


Sex Appeal Youth World Champion 2012 / Reserve Best in Show Int 2014 / Best of Winners Regional Speciality 2013 / Best Dutch amstaf 2012 & 2013

In order to be eligible to become a judge one has to pass all these exams before being able to become a candidate judge. Furthermore I find it interesting to work as ring steward at dog shows in order to “watch & learn” about different breeds aswell. This gives me a broader knowledge which I am able to use or implement in my goal to improve my own breed.


We try to breed beautiful dogs that are sound in both movement and temperament that are a joy to own.

We consider ourselves very privileged fort he fact we have been able to cooperate with so many breed specialists from the USA and Europe alike through the years we have built solid friendships which we cherish a lot.


Rose: Best Dutch Amstaff 2014 & Champion in 5 countries

Besides our numerous National and International Champion, Winner titles, BISS and Club Winners, Group placements we are extremely proud of the fact that we are the owners and/or breeders of the best Dutch Amstaff in the years: 2012-2013-2014-2015!


Boy: the Best Dutch American Staffordshire Terrier of 2015