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History

Craigdale ......began in 1975 the day my 13 year old son, Craig, brought home his own birthday present.....a Bichon Frise puppy named Heidi.

Craig went to Junior handling classes and before we knew it we were hooked! Craig showed his Bichon to her Canadian Championship, accumulating along the way a Group 4, as well as a Best Puppy in Group!

Once we decided to breed and continue to show Bichons, we combined our two first names and registered the kennel name Craigdale. His next step was to breed a litter. We contacted Mrs. Kay Calderbank for her Ch. Regal Prince of Henruf as sire

It was at this time I first met Pauline Brock, Hon. Sec. of the Bichon Frise Club of Great Britain, who was visiting her daughter in Vancouver and had heard there was a litter of Bichons in the area. Needless to say, being both new in the breed, we had hours of talking to do.

In 1977 I went to my first BFCA National Specialty and learned so very much about the pedigrees and background of many dogs. As I look back today, I believe that the best learning tool is to go to a National Specialty and study the producing lines, especially in the puppy classes.

My frist "home-bred" Champion was Am/Cdn Ch Wicked Music By Craigdale....born in 1977, out of a female I bought from Doris Hayes; bred to Am Ch Vogelflights Music Man. "Lady" went on to produce Am/Cdn Ch Craigdale Ole' Rondi, both who figure predomomintly in many pedigrees today

Craig , as a maturing teenager , became more interested in cars, etc. so it was left up to myself to carry on.......

Craig did come out of Dog Show retirement in the fall of 1998 at the International Dog Show in Cloverdale B,C. to take his Catahoula Leopard Dog to BIS rare-breed

Much has happened to me personally in the pass 25 years

Memorable Moments

In 1983, I was named Breeder of Record of the Top Winning Bichon in the USA for 1983 Am/Cdn Ch Craigdale Ole` Rhondi

In 1984 , I was Breeder of Record of 2 of the Top Winning Bichons in the USA Am/Cdn Ch Craigdale's Ole` Rhondi and Am/Cdn Ch Craigdale's Primo

!983 - 1987 Breeder of the top winning Bichon in B.C. 4 years straight Am/Cdn Ch Craigdale and the Sundance Kid

Probably the most thrilling experience was to be asked to Judge the BFC of Great Britain Open Show in 1986 with Barbara Stubbs ( Chaminade - USA ) This will always be my highlight in the wonderful world of dogs

Other assignments in judging I've had the honour of being asked to do

1988 -BFC of Northern Calf. Specialty -Sweepstakes

May 1990 BFCA National Specialty - 5th and last Breeder Competion. With fellow Judges Geraldine Grieg from Australia and Geraldine Church from Mexico

1993 - BFC of Northern Calf. Sweepstakes

Was one of the founding members of the Bichon Frise Club of Canada in 1979. From 1987 to 1988 I was honoured to serve as President of the Bichon Frise Club of Canada and remain today as a Director.

In 1996 was Breeder of Record of the #1 Bichon in the USA for the Breed **(Pedigree Awards System )
Am/Cdn/Intn'l Ch Craigdale Yoannewyn's El Toro

In 1999 "Toro" came out of retirement to win BISS at the BFCC 1999 National Specialty from the Veterns class

In the year 2000, I was honoured to be asked to Judge Sweepstake at the year 2000 BFCA Nationals in CT

In the 27 years since I was introduced to this wonderful breed the Bichon Frise, the most dear to my heart memories are the wonderful Friends I have met along the way, of who without the help of, many of my " Memorable Moments" would not be.

..And it all started with a Bichon puppy named "Heidi"

Love

Dale

Victoria, B.C. Canada
craigdale@shaw.ca

 

 

 

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