Located in beautiful North Georgia just 5 miles off of I-75, Sugar Valley Farm and Kennel provides the room and resources to produce top quality show animals. Owned and operated by Justin and Cheslie Smithey, whose love of pure bred dogs started at the age of 16 with the purchase of a whippet from Calvin Perry's long-standing Appraxin kennel. Italian Greyhounds were soon to follow with the help and guidance of Carol Harris of Bo-Bett fame. The interest in show dogs has turned into a full time business with Kennels In The Country, a modern 2500 square foot boarding kennel. Justin also attends over 150 dog shows a year as a successful Professional Dog Handler.
In addition a small, but active breeding program has thrived. This breeding program has resulted in numerous champions and acclaimed wins in all levels of competition. These Whippets and Italian Greyhounds have enhanced the breeding programs of others in the states and and abroad. Justin is the proud Breeder, Owner, and Handler of the Top Winning Whippet in AKC History, GCHP Pinnacle Kentucky Bourbon. "Bourbon" has over 80 All Breed Best in Show wins to her credit and was recently Reserve Best in Show at the prestigious 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Her littermate GCHP Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey was Best in Show at the 2019 AKC National Championship, bringing home the coveted $50,000 prize! They are the first and only littermate to both attain the ranking of the #1 Hound in the US, they are also the first and only littermate to win the American Whippet Club National Specialty.The top priority of Justin and his staff is to assure all animals in their care are safe and healthy. There is much emphasis on freedom of exercise and opportunity to play outdoors. This, along with top quality nutrition and regular expert veterinary care guarantee all animals at Sugar Valley Farm & Kennel reach their full potential.
Sugar Valley Farm is committed to our animals at all stages of their lives. We are proud to be recognized by the American Kennel Club as Breeders of Merit in both Whippets and Italian Greyhounds. We are breeding for health and temperament, as raising happy healthy companions is our first goal.