My breeding program is based on line breeding with frequent out breeding. I believe it is important to breed quality, healthy, and vigorous mentally as well as physically sound dogs. All my dogs are allergy free; and their eyes, hearts, patellas, hips, and elbows are certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals. I also want my puppy buyers to do certain health tests on their puppies at appropriate ages, so that I know what I’m producing. I am convinced that good disposition and health are every bit as important as good conformation, so I pay a lot of attention to these characteristics when planning each litter. I only breed litters every one to three years, and these are raised in the house with attention to a firm foundation for becoming good companion animals. I’m as choosy about my new owners as they are about me, because I want every placement to be perfect for both the puppy and its new family.
While I breed only for show quality, I recognize that many of my puppies will be placed in homes that are primarily interested in a pet Bichon. I encourage those people to attend training classes and to be involved in Obedience, Rally or Agility.
Please check out the following links:
The Bichon Frisé Club of America web site: www.bichon.org. Most questions you might have about this wonderful breed will be answered here. Please check out the articles under Breed Information, Care and Training, Puppy Information, and especially the article Before You Buy Your Puppy.
The BFCA Health web site: www.bichonhealth.org. Although the Bichon Frisé is a healthy breed overall, there are some health issues of which you should be aware. This site is full of information and will help you become familiar with common problems related to the Bichon.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, www.offa.org. In Search OFA Records, In the Part of Name box, enter Merryell Defying Gravity, the AKC name of my dog, Rosie (pictured), that I bred last October. By clicking on Rosie’s name you will be able to see health tests performed and information about her lineage. The sire’s name is MyBliss Sport Edition at Bella. Puppies were born on December 21 and I may have one girl available in mid May or June.
Decoding Your Dog, by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. If you only read one dog book, this is The One.
Raising Puppies & Kids Together, by Pia Silvani, CPDT and Lynn Eckhardt. Even if you don’t have children, read this book before purchasing a puppy! Easy to read and well thought out. It may be out of print now, but I think you can still get it if you search on Amazon or eBay.
A New Owner’s Guide to Bichons Frisés, by Mary Ellen & Andrew Mills
The Truth About Bichons, by Richard G. Beauchamp
If you feel that the Bichon Frisé is the right breed for you after perusing these references, please contact me again either by email or by phone. I am always glad to help you in your search for the right dog for your family.
Merryell Bichons Frises is not planning to breed again any time soon. Please contact other members of the Bichon Frise Club of America for information.