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Wynsyr Kennels

Wynsyr was founded in 1986, with a primary focus on breeding Afghan Hounds. The foundation of Wynsyr Afghans was a successful base of Elmo, Persia, and Kabik lines. To date there have been over 100 AKC champions bearing the Wynsyr Prefix, as well as champions in Australia and Canada. These champions include multiple All-breed Best in Show and Specialty Best in Show winners.  

We have been exhibiting Salukis since 2006, and bred our first litter in 2012. In extremely limited breeding we have produced many champion salukis which have won awards at specialties, including the Saluki Club of America National Specialty. In 2015 we were awarded the American Saluki Association's William Eltiste Memorial Breeders' Shield for being the top producing kennel of AKC champion salukis. We love our salukis and are committed to bringing the same level of excellence to the breed that we have been known for in Afghan Hounds.  

We are committed to breeding top quality dogs that excel in breed type, function, temperament, and soundness. We health test all of our breeding stock and follow the code of ethics and recommended practices of each breed's parent club. We are members of the Afghan Hound Club of America, Greyhound Club of America, American Saluki Association, Saluki Club of America, Northeastern Illinois Kennel Club, and Chicagoland Hound Association. 

While our primary focus will remain Afghan Hounds and Salukis, we have also been successfully involved in showing Greyhounds, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Havanese, and Pekingese.

Our home and kennel rest on ten beautiful acres in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and is surrounded by protected wetlands, abundant wildlife, and breathtaking views. We always welcome visitors! 

D. Scott Pfeil

Scott has been involved in the sport of purebred dogs since the age of 14. He was initially involved with Bernese Mountain Dogs and Newfoundlands, but fell in love with the Afghan Hound at the age of 16 when he saw Harry Bennett showing a class dog named Toki. He knew from that moment that he had to have an Afghan. 

The first notable Afghan he showed was multi group winning SBIS CH Sabra Candasia. Scott piloted Nikki to numerous breed and group wins. 

He has also successfully shown Whippets, Flat-Coated Retrievers, Salukis, and Havanese. 

In 2004 Scott became an AKC conformation judge, and is currently approved for the hound group, Best in Show, all-breed junior showmanship, and well as several toy and working breeds. He has had many prestigious judging assignments in the Unites States, Europe, and Australia.  

Scott is a principal/co-owner of the International Kennel Club of Chicago and is currently President of the Afghan Hound Club of America. 

James Donahue

James began exhibiting Afghan Hounds as a teenager while living in central Texas. His first champion was Multi Group Winning CH Kasban The Wizard of Suncrest, bred by Laura Mauldin and Leslie Stoffles. His first mentor in dogs was Carl Sanders of Zebec Afghans. James got his first Saluki, GCH Hillside's Adonijah of Chandani, in 2006 and enjoyed immediate success in the saluki ring. In addition to successfully handling his own Afghans and Salukis, he also finished a number of dogs for others while pursuing graduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory and operating his own grooming salon. 

James joined the Wynsyr team in 2010. In January of 2011 his bitch, CH Beachbrook's Drama Rama, gave birth to a litter of eight puppies sired by SBIS CH Wynsyr Out of Africa, marking his first co-breeding with Wynsyr. Other co-breeding efforts include litters with Gail Mofford and Kirby Moorhouse (Tres Chic Afghans, Canada), Tony Saia and Floyd Gale (Beachbrook) and Rosemary Sutton (Summerwinds).  

James is approved by the AKC to judge twenty-four hound breeds, Italian greyhounds, and All-breed junior showmanship. He has had the honor of judging many prestigious assignments in the Unites States and Australia and looks forward to continuing his education and pursuing the balance of the hound group.  He is the Judges' Education Chair for the Afghan Hound Club of America and presents educational seminars and workshops nationwide.  He is also President of the Chicagoland Hound Association and Vice President of Operations of the International Kennel Club of Chicago.