Interview with Wendy Whittle, Breeder of Calvada Bichon Frise
Where do I live? How many years in dogs? How many years as a breeder?
Wendy Whittle: I live in Pahrump, Nevada, which is a small, unincorporated town about an hour west of Las Vegas. I’ve been breeding here for 16 years!
What is my kennel name? How many dogs do I currently keep?
Wendy Whittle: My Kennel name is Calvada and I have 10 dogs.
Which dogs have been my most influential sires and dams?
Wendy Whittle: The most influential dam I have is GCH Calvadas Sugar Magnolia In The Desert ATT, also known as “Lydia.” She completed her Championship and then her Grand Championship at 13 months. She is now close to finishing her Bronze at 24 months old. Lydia won BOS in Orlando at the 2022 National Owner-Handled Series. She is currently No. 7 and Bronze in NOHS. I could not be more proud of this young girl!
Can I talk a bit about my facilities? Where are my puppies whelped? How are they raised?
Wendy Whittle: Thankfully, I am able to work from my home. For the first four weeks, I whelp litters from my bedroom using Puppy Culture protocols. On the fifth week, I begin potty training with a
What is my “process” for selecting show puppies? Performance puppies?
Wendy Whittle: I analyze the structure, appearance, and personality of each puppy between 9-12 weeks.
At what age do I place puppies in show homes? In Performance homes?
Wendy Whittle: I place puppies between 9-12 weeks.
Does my breed require any special preparation for competing in Conformance or Performance Events?
Wendy Whittle: I believe all breeds require preparation attention, regardless of the event.
Do I compete in Performance Events? If not, do these competitive arenas interest me?
Wendy Whittle: I do! Both my Great Danes and Bichons have titles in Fast CAT, Trick Dog, Rally, and Canine Good Citizen. I would like to start Dock Diving and Agility down the line!
In my opinion, is my breed in good condition overall? Any trends that warrant concern?
Wendy Whittle: Bichons tend to be healthier than most breeds. This is thanks to Bichon Breeders—we have kept healthy breeding practices.
Are there any health-related concerns within my breed? Any special nutritional needs?
Wendy Whittle: I worry about Bichons having bladder stones (struvite and calcium oxalate), but these may be limited with a specialized diet.
Is my breed well suited to be a family dog? Who are the best candidates to own my breed?
Wendy Whittle: Bichons are meant for companionship, so, of course they make for great family dogs!
Is my breed a good choice as a Performance competitor? If so, in which events?
What is the biggest misconception about my breed? What is my breed’s best-kept secret?
Wendy Whittle: The biggest misconception is that you have to brush your dog every day. All that is needed is a bath and blowout once a week. My breed’s best-kept secret is that they are great hand warmers! Legend has it that the Spaniards brought them to keep the King and Queen’s hands warm!
For a bit of fun, what’s the most amusing thing I’ve ever experienced with a Non-Sporting Dog?
Wendy Whittle: The most amusing thing for me is watching my 11-pound Bichon play-wrestling with my cat that thinks he’s a dog! They love each other very much!
If I could share one suggestion with judges of my breed, what would I like to say to them about my breed?
Wendy Whittle: I think greater emphasis could be shared regarding the Bichon’s movement.
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