About Us

Hello, My name is Marsha Ballard and welcome to my website!  I live in the beautiful desert of sunny Arizona with my husband, family and beloved dogs.  My interest in exhibiting and breeding beautiful dogs began with Havanese 10 years ago, and after six lovely champions and a group placement on my first bred-by Havanese I became passionate about showing my dogs!  Yes, I had the dog show bug and it was not going away.

Almost six years ago, I was introduced to the most darling Japanese Chin puppy, and it was love at first sight.  This started my life in Chin. I have been so privileged to have acquired my foundation dogs from some of the best breeders in the U.S., and I will always be grateful that they gave me such a great start in the breed.  Currently nine Japanese AKC Chin champions reside at Desert Jade  and there are some promising youngsters waiting in the wings.

Although I love to compete and win at shows the Desert Jade dogs are first and foremost my  beloved house pets. They bring such joy to all who meet them. I strive to breed healthy, sound, happy and beautiful Chin. Healthy dogs are an important part of any breeding program and health checks are done routinely on eyes, patellas and heart. An intelligent,beautiful and  loving companion the Japanese Chin is definitely one of the best kept secrets in the dog world and it is a pleasure to share my home and my life with them.

Beautiful,happy healthy babies are occasionally available to loving homes and I always welcome the opportunity to share my knowledge and love of the Chin.