Showsight Presents The Bichon Frise

BEST OF BREED #97. GCH Wendan Because I’m Happy: This dog caught my attention the minute he walked into the ring. He reminded me of a gymnast, extension through his neck, great balance, out in front, great sense of self, just scream- ing “look at me” and I looked and loved what I found. BEST OF WINNERS #32. Luvit Dalnavert Ministry of Magic: My 9–12 winners bitch. BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX #118. CH Starry–Dom Golden Girl: I loved her reach and drive, face, topline and a sort of independence. As to the rest of the dogs and bitch- es I chose regardless of size, which means nothing to me, they all exem- plify the best of what our breed has to offer. SELECT DOG #95. CH Cher Ami’s Center Of Attraction. SELECT BITCH #104. GCH Dove Cotes Bang Zoom To The Moon.

AWARD OF MERITS #106. GCH Belle Creek’s All About Aubrey. #102. GCH Phantom’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing CA. #89. CH Heights Exclamation Point. #112. CH Solstice Frostfire. If you all noticed in my descriptions of the dogs I liked, I left out eyes. All of the dogs I used had round eyes, some not as big as others but round. I also did not mention pigment, as breeders, we know where our strengths and weak- nesses lie. I found overall that we have improved balance, reach and drive. Please remember, when I hear breeders say that certain dogs have no drive “that the dogs rear legs are tucked under”, in most cases their rear angulation is suf- ficient but their shoulders are straight the rear legs have no where to go. Tail- sets for the most part were really good, which of course makes for good rears. Fronts have greatly improved. I applaud all of you who have worked so hard to achieve this. This was one of the proudest days of my life, I love Bichons. I love that you all gave me this opportunity and I hope I lived up to your expectations.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I first fell in love with a Bichon Frise in 1988 while judg- ing an international gymnastic meet in Europe. My children had grown up with

Old English Sheepdogs and I vowed I wouldn’t have another coated breed. As soon as I returned from Europe, I went to a dog show to find a breeder to further my knowledge. I was lucky to meet Doris Hyde of Dove Cote Bichons, who not only mentored me, but knew of my judging and suggested Judges Choice as my kennel name. Over 29 years, I have bred 85 cham- pions. My program has produced the #1 dog All Breed in the country, Westmin- ster, All Breed Best in Show, Regional and National Specialty winners. I’ve worked hard to achieve what success I’ve attained, from the presi- dent of an all breed and Non-Sporting club, AKC delegate and JEC of the BFCA. I had the honor of judging the first Bichon Frise National Specialty in Chendu, China. The biggest honor is being your judge at the BFCA National Specialty 2017.

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