About Us

Where it all began: Shrimpy

Kaston is the home of the World Famous Vanitonia Show Kennel. Founded in 1962 by Roger Stone and Graham Thompson. The show kennel started with Miniature Poodles and have gone from strength to strength. They have been UK Top breeders many times over the years. The first Champion was a Standard Poodle in the 1970’s and then in the early 1980’s saw the first of what can only be described as the beginning of the Vanitonia Toy Dynasty. Sadly both Roger and Graham have now passed but we will be forever grateful for the opportunities, the advice, the knowledge and the trust that they have both given.

Lee Cox

Lee joined the kennel in 1992 , coming from a doggy family and handling his first dog at the age of 4 years. Lee bred his first CRUFTS Best of Breed winner at the age of 10 years and first started judging at the age of 13 years, becoming a championship show judge at 24. Both Lee’s parent’s are also championship show judges and his father was a member of the UK Kennel Club.

Lee is an International Championship Show Judges. Please see the judging page for breeds licensed for. Lee is also a member of the UK Kennel Club and Breeder Manager for Nestle Purina Petcare UK.

Ragdoll Cats joined us in 2016 and are owned, bred and exhibited in partnership with Lee’s partner Adam Gardner. Ragdolls have become quite a passion for us both and we are super excited about the future . Please see the RAGDOLL Page for some our our kids.

The Boarding Kennel at Kaston IS NOW CLOSED.

Vanitonia is proud to have ALL BREED Championship Show BEST IN SHOW winners in Standard Poodles, Toy Poodles, Chinese Crested and Clumber Spaniels

The Vanitonia Kennel, to date, have made up 98 UK Champions.

These are made up from:

22 Champion Standard Poodles

3 Champion Miniature Poodles

44 Champion Toy Poodles

16 Champion Chinese Crested

10 Show Champion Clumber Spaniels

1 Champion Bichon Frise

1 Champion Papillon

1 Champion Briard

The Ragdoll Cats are bred in Partnership with Adam Gardner under the Vanitonia Prefix and have become a passion here at Vanitonia. We are delighted to have made up our first Grand Champion Ragdoll

All VANITONIA Dogs and Cats are fed exclusively on



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