At Tamaruke, we’re a family owned and operated business, located on 27 acres in the beautiful Hunter Valley, and we’ve been purpose breeding and developing our beautiful Tamarukes for more than 25 years now.
What began as as crossbreed is now a breed in its own right, renowned for their loving, loyal nature, low-allergy, non-shedding coat, no doggy odour, friendly and intuitive temperament, natural intelligence, and ability to be easily trained.
But developing a breed as strong as this doesn’t just happen overnight.
When Harry Met Nicki ... and Sam
“We were originally breeders of Australian stock horses and beef cattle,” says Tamaruke founder, Charlotte McGrath. “But then the extreme drought of 1992 occurred and we also discovered our son, Luke, was allergic to horses.
“So in 1993 we decided to try breeding dogs as well. We bought a beautiful white poodle called Harry whom we introduced to two working line labradors called Nicki and Sam. And the rest, as they say, was history!
“We then secured another poodle to extend the genetics and did a huge amount of research on how to breed a better dog. We wanted to develop the potential of this breed, and develop a line of labradoodles that was consistent in quality, temperament and characteristics.
“We insisted on doing things correctly from the very beginning and we now export to over 18 countries and breed to provide for our waiting list.
“Our Tamarukes are now a breed in their own right. And they’re better than a labradoodle.”
Meet Team Tamaruke
Here at Tamaruke we have a unique and balanced team which is made up of family members as well as loyal and loving staff who feel like family too.
Everyone on Team Tamaruke is passionate about animals, professional in their role and dedicated to this wonderfully unique breed of dog.
Founder, Owner and CEO
Charlotte is the founder of Tamaruke and creator of this very special breed.
Charlotte has dedicated the last 25 years of her life to breeding and developing the unique characteristics of the Tamaruke.
Charlotte is the face of Tamaruke and is still just as passionate about this breed as she was 25 years ago. Charlotte still oversees every aspect of the Tamaruke brand.
“I take great pride in dealing personally with all of our clients, ensuring we deliver outstanding dogs to suit our clients’ needs, as well as finding all of our companion puppies and Guardian puppies the forever family they deserve.
“At Tamaruke we are constantly setting new standards in breeding and care. We are the ONLY breeder in the world to be licensed to operate a Veterinary Clinic on-site, and we do this to ensure we offer our dogs and puppies the very best of health care and expertise.
“Our extensive Guardian Program ensures all of our breeding dogs receive the love and devotion of their own family for their entire lives and are not housed in kennels for their short breeding career.”
Charlotte also founded our charity, Taloodles, and has been instrumental in the development and training of Tamaruke’s therapy, assistance and comfort dogs.
“The thing I’m probably the most proud of here at Tamaruke is our charity, Taloodles, and how our therapy, assistance and comfort dogs have profoundly changed the lives of so many special needs children.”
Charlotte also enjoys spending time with her close-knit family and friends, swimming at the beach and looking after her grandchildren all the while enjoying the company of her very own Tamaruke.
Owner and Director
Charlotte’s husband, Mark, is the go-to for all things maintenance and building. His wonderful ability to design things and create them is evident to all who visit Tamaruke’s beautiful 40 acre property in the Hunter Valley.
Mark is also totally hands on in the business, working behind the scenes at Tamaruke to look after all the puppies and dogs, as well as the buildings and grounds, and showing clients around the property.
When Mark’s not running Tamaruke, he can be found enjoying spending time with his children and grandchildren, fishing, building, surfing or kayaking.
Luke McGrath and Tamara Ward
Business Consultant and Administration
Both of Charlotte and Mark’s children, Luke McGrath and Tamara Ward, have been part of Tamaruke since they were very young. Not only did they grow up at Tamaruke, but the business was actually named after them!
Luke and Tamara are still an integral part of Tamaruke, with Luke acting as business consultant and Tamara working behind the scenes in administration and organisation.
When not working at Tamaruke, Luke and Tamara can be found spending time with families of their own.
Monique is a great organiser and ensures the Tamaruke operation runs like clockwork on a day to day basis.
She works alongside Charlotte McGrath to coordinate all aspects of the Tamaruke Guardian Program – ensuring staff, the dogs and their owners are all in the right place at the right time.
Having studied education she is ideally suited for this role and of course is passionate about the Tamaruke breed and enjoys seeing the difference they make to the lives of so many people all over the world.
As Monique says, “It really is my dream job!”
We are the only breeder in the world to have an on site veterinary hospital and our own private vet – Dr. Chris McClelland.
Dr Chris is a licensed New South Wales veterinarian with his own clinic in Hamilton but is also on call for Tamaruke 24/7.
He administers all vaccinations and undertakes microchipping as well as de-sexing (all non-breeding) puppies on site.
Being on call also means he is available to assist Guardian dogs with birthing when its time to bring more Tamarukes into the world, as well as for other surgical procedures that may be required from time to time.
The level of care all our Tamarukes receive is exceptional and you can be assured you are receiving a puppy that has been bred ethically and is fit and healthy.
Certified Dog Trainer/Handler
Linda is experienced with all breeds and has a lifetime of experience training many animals both large and small, and is also a qualified and experienced Emmett Technique Practitioner and Trainer.
With the ability to train obedience to any level, complex tasks and assisting with Dog Behaviour issues, Linda is able to provide in-house training or assist you with training your Tamaruke yourself.
Linda’s training style and techniques are very practical and effective to ensure you receive the best outcome for your dog.
Learn More about how we can help you train your Tamaruke.
Kristy and Leigh
Our kennel hands, Kristy and Leigh, are integral members of the Tamaruke team, looking after our Guardian mums when they return to Tamaruke to give birth, as well as caring for their newborn puppies.
Kristy and Leigh ensure that every Guardian mum and their puppies receives plenty of tender loving care. As well as being responsible for all of their daily care and feeding needs, their daily interaction also plays a very important role in the early socialisation of the puppies.