Stargang was started in 1965 when Ellen
Blackburn bought her first show dog; a red Cocker, Spaniel Lochranza
Rosemary, followed shortly afterwards by a black of the same breed. A
friendship with local breeder of miniature Dachshunds (Helen Hariman who
had the Vienda kennel) developed an interest in the breed and in 1967
the first red mini smooth (Penny, Drumbrie of Dawning) started the
In 1969 Joanne joined the Blackburn show women, attending her first show
at just 2 weeks old, something must have rubbed off as she is now an
accomplished breeder of Dachshunds and Pointers as well as an
International Show Judge.
The first Stargang Champion was made up in 1973, Stargang Moonshine.
Joanne's daughter Heather joined the fray, again attending her first
show at just 2 weeks old (the same show!) and has also become a renowned
dog handler and International Show Judge.
2013 was a major year for the Stargang dogs, with Ch. Sonderbar Billie
Jean of Stargang becoming the all time record holder for Challenge
Certificates for a UK Miniature Wire Haired dachshund bitch.
The high of 2013 was followed by the sad loss of Fred Blackburn in
October 2014. He was husband and father of Andrew, Colin and Joanne.
Fred had been quietly in the background looking after the dogs at home,
often helping with the whelping and nursing of any sick dogs and a
general pillar of support. The worldwide response to the news was
astonishing to the family and we sincerely thank everybody for your