Diamonds might be a Marilyn Monroe’s best friend, but Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Lowchens are my best friends. These hidden gems of dog breeds have capture a special place in my heart and stick around to learn if they have a special place in your heart too.

I am a research scientist turned data scientist in the tech field. My PhD is in social psychology, and my research focus is on behavioral neuroendocrinology.  I studied how behaviors can affect hormones and how hormones can affect behaviors in humans. After nearly two decades in dogs, my current mission is to save the lowchen from extinction like a modern Madame Bennert, help those who require the assistance of a service dog to live an independent life, and to help others have a better relationship with their dogs. We are breeders, trainers, and handlers of Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs and Lowchens.

I am a member of the following clubs.

The following are non-canine clubs:

Academic Organizations and Contributions:

  • Austin Community College – Social Sciences Adjunct Voting Chair
  • Austin Social Media Club – Panelist and Moderator
  • Texas A&M University Graduate Teaching Academy Fellow
  • Human Behavior and Evolution Society  – Conference Session Chairs
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • American Society for Clinical Pathology in Phlebotomy
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
  • Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society, President 2001-2002, University of Texas, Austin
  • Ad Hoc Journal Reviewing – Evolution and Human Behavior
  • Office of Graduate Studies Research Workshop Panelist

Community Contributions:

  • South By South West EDU – 2015 – Mentor
  • Austin Social Media Club – Panelist and Moderator
  • PR Over Coffee – Speaker
  • BlogHer Food 2013 Speaker – Mobile App Panel Chair
  • South By South West Interactive, Austin, TX – 2010 – Core Conversation Panelist – The Yelp Effect, When Everyone’s a Restaurant Critic
  • Relationships and Information Series for Entrepreneurs (RISE Austin) – 2010 – Presenter
  • Ignite Austin 1 – Jan 2010 – Presenter

Why a Swissy? I love large breed dogs and especially like to work.  So it was natural that I fell love with the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog (Grosser Schweizer Sennenhund). But the Löwchens?  I first met Pistol Pete (owned by Barbara Cecil), and I just had to have one.  They have the personality in of a big dog in a little dog body. The dog on Hart to Hart was a lowchen.

Why the name Roman Reign? The historians of Swissies claims that they were developed from Roman War dogs (Mollasian).  These dogs eventually developed into the large European breeds including mastiffs, rotties, and bernards.  I chose a  name that goes back to the roots of the breed and also reflects the breed’s function and temperament – bold and powerful.   Even though the website has morphed into a more inclusive site, I decided to keep the name Roman Reign.

Are you associated with the wrestler, RomanReigns? Not yet. I have challenged him to a showdown.

What are your articles based on?  I’m formally trained in social psychology with a research interest in behavioral neuroendocrinology in topics ranging from human social phenomenon, classical conditioning, and operant conditioning.  I’ve taught many psychology courses at major universities (since 2002), and have a background in biobehavioral research as well as training in behavioral genetics.  My other research areas and interests are marketing and management (applied social psychology), attitudes and behavior change (particularly towards public policy), hierarchical linear modeling (and quadratic modeling), mating strategies, intimate relationships, health psychology, group dynamics, message framing, and social dominance behaviors.

Where do you train? Krafty K9, Houston, TX for obedience and Shertom Kennel, Liberty Hill, TX for herding. I do all other training myself.

Are Lowchens really one of the most expensive dog breeds to own? No, and I do not know who was the source of that original comment. It is quite possible that someone asked a handler at a dog show how much their top lowchen would cost, and the response was $10,000. Top winning show dogs are often worth well over $10,000. However, a young lowchen puppy in the United States in 2021 is likely around $2,000 – $4,000.

Do you breed dogs? Yes, I raise purpose bred purebred dogs. My goals in breeding are to preserve the gene pool for each respective breed, produce dogs for performance and service work, and to provide homes with loving companions.

When is your next litter? Litters are typically not announced until after they have safely arrived. Interested homes are encouraged to apply for a puppy.