Meet Our Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Puppies Downunder is a family owned business which specialises in breeding designer dogs. Led by Charlie and Sharron Maddaluno, the organisation has over forty five years of experience breeding, showing and training dogs.


Charlie and Sharron have a vision to produce a puppy that is a good representative of it’s breed. This vision has become a reality. They breed to enhance health, temperament and intelligence and this is testament to the hundreds of customers who have purchased a puppy and found this to be true.


In 2020, Puppies Downunder was granted a Commercial dog breeders license which enabled it to have up to fifty fertile females. This license requires strict compliance with the Code of Practice for the Operation of Breeding and Rearing Businesses 2018 and close working relations with the Chief Veterinary Office of Victoria, Minister of Agriculture, Animal Welfare Victoria and the RSPCA.

Puppies Downunder Team
  • Founder & CEO

    Charlie Maddaluno

    Charlie’s passion working with animals dates back to 1973 when he specialised in animal health for the Commonwealth Government in the Department of Primary Industries: The Australian Quarantine and
    Inspection Service (AQIS).

    Charlie’s hard work and enthusiasm was quickly acknowledged after two
    years with AQIS and he found himself elevated to a role in animal health
    with the Department of Agriculture which he enjoyed for 14 years between
    1975 and 1994.

    In 1994 Charlie’s career with the Government came to an end and an
    opportunity to work in private enterprise presented itself. For the next
    eight years Charlie worked privately in Quality Assurance as a
    consultant for an export meat works. In 2002 Charlie became the
    operations manager for an export meat processing plant where he was to
    spend the next six years until his retirement.

    Charlie’s love for animals and dogs began in 1975 when he first started
    breeding, showing and training dogs. This passion continued for the next
    forty five years while Charlie acquired blood lines of different breeds
    to show and sell.

    Charlie completed a Breeding Dogs and Cats Course and has successfully
    obtained a certificate of registration of domestic animal business. He
    has an Australian All Breeds Pedigree Registry Certificate of membership
    and is a Member of the Australian Association of Pet dog breeds.

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    Sharron Maddaluno

    Sharron is the backbone of Puppies Downunder. She has tirelessly worked
    beside Charlie over the last forty five years and deserves much of the
    credit for the success of the organisation and the accomplishments that
    have been achieved through-to-today.

    Sharron has nurtured each puppy from the day it was born and has loved
    and attended to the puppy’s every need until the day a home could be
    found that would love it as she has loved it.

    Many of the systems and processes, specialty foods and diets,
    socialisation and enrichment programs currently in place are the result
    of years of refinement by Sharron from years of experience, in an effort
    to increase the health, happiness and welfare of all puppies and adult

    Sharron has had a passion for animals and dogs and has enjoyed a
    fulfilling lifestyle; breeding, showing and training dogs from 1975. She
    has completed a Breeding Dogs and Cats Course and works closely with the
    team at Puppies Downunder as a mentor and educator.

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  • Office Manager

    Damian Maddaluno

    Damian commenced work with Puppies Downunder in October 2020. Damian’s
    has a background in Accounting and is a member of the Institute of
    Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He is currently
    completing a Master in Taxation with an expected completion date in
    2021. Damian was honored to serve the community as a President of the
    Rotary Club of Morwell which he was a member for over ten years. He was
    also a member of the Rostrum club of Morwell for six years where he
    engaged in public speaking and various speaking related activities.
    Damian is currently the Treasurer of Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc
    where he has been privileged to serve the community for the past seven

    Damian has completed a Breeding Dogs and Cats Course and is registered
    as a DNA Collection agent.

    Damian is responsible for the financial operations of Puppies Downunder
    and maintaining customer relationships in a sales and marketing

    Damian also serves in the role as a marketing strategist for Puppies
    Downunder. He performs a crucial role in the organisation by being at
    the forefront of digital media, and maintaining the website and

    While Damian is quite busy in his role, he also finds time to complete
    each day by ensuring puppies, and adult dogs enjoy a life that is filled
    with happiness and enrichment.

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  • Product Manager

    Lisa Rose

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  • HR Lead

    Ashleigh Peters

    Ashleigh has worked as an employee with Puppies Downunder for almost
    three years and was employed through the Kurnai College work placement

    Ashleigh has completed a Breeding Dogs and Cats Course and has completed
    Certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services.

    Ashleigh is currently undertaking a course with the National Dog
    Trainers Federation in Dog Behaviour and Training. This course provides
    an excellent understanding of animal psychology and it provides a
    scientific view toward working with dogs from different breeds, ages and

    Ashleigh’s role with Puppies Downunder is to train the animals in a
    humane manner and ensure they meet training goals efficiently and
    effectively. Ashleigh’s specialist skill set provides the animals at
    Puppies Downunder with training that focuses on obedience and agility,
    detection work, and tricks. Her understanding of animal psychology and
    behaviour, and her attention to animal health and nutrition ensures all
    animals are well training and well cared for.

    Ashleigh is a registered DNA Collection agent and works closely with
    staff at Puppies Downunder educating on animal behaviour and training.

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  • Customer Support Lead

    Janet Parnell

    Janet has worked with Puppies Downunder for a number of years and has a
    current certificate in First Aid and CPR. Janet is the first aid officer
    and ensures the team, animals and customers at Puppies Downunder are
    safe and are in good hands.

    Janet has completed a Breeding Dogs and Cats Course and is currently
    undertaking Certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services.

    Janet has a great love for animals and this is obvious from the moment
    she arrives in the morning to the time she leaves in the afternoon.

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  • QA Specialist

    Claire O’Meara

    Claire has worked with the team at Puppies Downunder for a number of
    years and is a key driver behind the day-to-day operations. Clare is
    responsible for ensuring the health and welfare of all adult dogs and
    puppies are a priority. She ensures the facilities are clean, and all
    adult dogs and puppies are contented with healthy food, playtime, social
    activities and exercise.

    Clare has completed a course in breeding dogs and cats and is currently
    undertaking a Certificate 3 in Companion Animal Services

    Clare has a very positive and caring attitude toward the puppies and
    adult dogs at Puppies Downunder and is greatly loved back by all her
    furry friends.

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  • Content Strategist

    Madison Ohlson

    Debbie Green

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QA Specialist

Andrew Cole

Andrew Cole

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Registed Dog Breeders

Over 40 years experience.

Commercial Dog Breeder

Licence No. CDB2019.012

Domestic Animal Business Permit No: L120

Latrobe City Shire

Source Number: BR100757

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