Hello and Welcome to Hilcrest.
I would like to tell you about Jerry and myself,and how we began with
our Yorkies and Poms.
The first time I actually saw a Yorkie in person was in 1988. My
sister-in-law came down from Baltimore, MD. She had her Yorkie, named Titus, with her. He was
adorable and I fell in love with him. She had purchased him from a lady that had shown Yorkshire
Terriers for many years.
I was very impressed with her little boy and I wanted a Yorkie of my
own. I could not stop thinking about Titus
The search began locally since we did not realize that all Yorkies
were not the same. We were so disappointed after 6 months of looking. We saw many Yorkies at many
different places but not a one was like Titus. They did not represent the breed very well at all.
After several months of searching we met a lady that had retired from showing. That was when we
finally saw a Yorkie like we had been looking for. We bought our first little girl as a pet and
named her Tiffany. She was a tiny little girl and she filled our home with so much love. Later we
bought a beautiful 8 month old female from the same person and this little girl was named Dolly.
Dolly captured our heart!
In months to come we would be able to own a very nice female that
represented the breed so well. This female was Rothby's Riana of Glenmere. We did not know at the
time but she would become our foundation female here at Hilcrest. This was the beginning of our
adventure with Yorkshire Terriers. At this time we did not venture into showing our dogs and did
not really know any show people. We would have a litter occasionally and they would be placed in
approved pet homes. It was such a joy to have those little babies and watch them grow. It only
took a few weeks until they developed that unmistakable Yorkshire Terrier personality. Even as
babies there is no other personality like that of a Yorkie.
In 1996 we were fortunate enough to co-own a wonderful little
champion. His name was Ch. Pico Presty Digi Gator, "Presty". He sired some beautiful off
spring and some were added to our family. They were Simon, Mikie, Taz, and Holly. Simon
represented Hilcrest in the show ring and became our very first home bred champion. Taz went on to
finish her championship with new owner Brenda Gourley. This was all new and very exciting for us.
Sometimes I think back and remember the months that we searched endlessly for a nice quality
Yorkshire Terrier and now we are surrounded by them.
This was a whole new world for us. Our lives revolved around our
precious babies: training them on lead, stacking, grooming, wrapping coats, entering and traveling
to shows. With each litter here at Hilcrest we are looking for that special little one that might
grow into a well bred show dog. However, all of our babies are special to us even if they are not
show potential. It brings us great joy to be able to place a beautiful little one in a loving pet
home. We still haven't forgotten how difficult it was for us to locate our first Yorkie and we
hope that we can make that search easier for those who contact us wanting a nice quality Yorkie to
love and be a member of their family.
Poms came into our lives very unexpectedly. A friend had purchased
several Poms from a reputable breeder who was retiring. We acquired 4 of the adults from him. They
were so sweet, with such bubbly personalities and full fluffy coats. They were so different from
the Yorkies in every way, personality, coat, and looks. They were such a joy to be with and always
displayed such a loving, happy personality. It was so much fun just to watch them play. They
seemed to be care free and happy regardless of their age. Several years passed and one by one
these four were placed in pet homes. Pet homes meant one on one attention and a fenced in yard for
We really missed our fluffy little Pomeranians. We had grown so fond
of them and their ever loving character. The decision was made to bring Poms back into our lives
and once again the search began. It seemed to be the same as it had been when we began our search
for a Yorkie. The Poms that we saw were larger, flat coated and not anything like the ones we had
owned. In September of 1996 we purchased a male Pom from a show breeder. This little guy would
become our first champion. His name was Ch.Ar-Bee's Little Dickens, "Dicky". Later
we were able to get a female from the same person. This was the beginning of our Poms here at
We extended from the traditional colors of red, orange, and sable to
a few Parti color Poms. It is such a challenge as well as an adventure to breed quality
Pomeranians. We always try to breed and stay within the AKC standard. The coat is a must for these
little ones and the size is so very important to display the true look we all search for. Poms
remained a part of our lives until 2008 when we decided we needed to concentrate on one breed.
We are very proud of all of our Yorkshire Terriers here at
Hilcrest.All of our puppies are whelped in our home. We strive to show and breed for quality,
health, personality and to the standard. All of our pets are placed on limited registration to
loving pet homes.
We do not always have puppies available so please contact us for more
information on availability of a puppy. If we do not have anything available when you contact us
you may ask to be placed on our waiting list.
Please visit our Puppy Room to view some of the puppies produced here
at Hilcrest. Be sure to visit the New Arrivals page to see announcements of our most recent
babies. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Thank you for visiting with us here at Hilcrest.
Sylvia & Jerry Shumake