Showsight Presents The Bichon Frise

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fessional Handler, Lorrie started showing Bichons in 1974. Her first BIS was with a Bichon, Ch. Jadeles Th e Kid HH Pride, in 1976 and she was hooked on the breed. Her own dog, Ch. Rank’s Raggedy Andy, won the 1981 National. She has had a great career having won the Borzoi National in 1992 and the Group at the Garden in 1993 with Ch. Fox Run’s Ivy Rose. In 2000, she won the Bouvier National with Ch. Belle Creek’s Trading Places. Lorrie hung up her shingle in 1994 to help her husband in their Vet- erinary practice and to devote more time to raising and showing their Bichons. Together, they have produced over 160 champions, many BIS winners and BISS winners under the name of Belle Creek. Lorrie is currently the Judges Education Chair of the Bichon Frise Club of America. “...the shoulder blade, upper arm and the forearm are of E QUAL PROPORTIONS.”

the brisket is equal distance as the elbows to the floor. Th e neck measures from the occiput to the withers one third of the overall length of the dog. When going over the structure of the dog you should feel a well-muscled dog with medium bone, slight rise over the loin, high tail set, moderately sprung rib cage and a moderate tuck up. Tails should reach the middle of the back creating the look of a teapot handle. With a well laid back shoulder measuring somewhat near a forty five degree angle, the shoulder blade, upper arm and the forearm are of equal proportions. Th e elbow should be directly below the wither when viewed from the side. Legs are straight with a cat-like foot. Th e well-angulated muscular thighs are spaced moderately wide. Th e upper and low-

er thighs are nearly equal in length. Hock to foot joint is perpendicular to ground. With the correct measurements the legs move on the same plane with slight convergence when coming and going as speed increases. The head and neck are held somewhat erect. When view- ing from the side the forelegs and hind legs extend equally while maintaining a level topline. Th is is a companion breed above all. BIO Lorrie Carlton comes from a dog show family, having been raised with Weimara- ners and Old English Sheepdogs. She showed her first client dog when she was 11 and in 1971 she handled an OES bitch to BOS at the Garden. After becoming a licensed Pro-

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