|Darkel Bichon Frise was founded in
Binghamton, New York in 1971 with the acquisition of Parkway's
LaFemme, a one year old bitch from a French
import sire and a Belgium import dam. In
1972, LaFemme was bred to Beau Monde the Actor. This breeding produced
five puppies. Two of these puppies were kept at Darkel. Both
gained their American and Canadian championships. They were Darkel's
Angelic Star and Darkel's
Artic Star, C.D.
In 1974 LaFemme had her second litter sired by
a Champion Cali-Col's Octavius Caesar son. From this litter came
Darkel's Snowbelle. Belle latter went on to win B.O.S. to Vogelflight's
Music Man at the 1975 BFCA National Specialty. Due to her tragic
early death, Belle never completed her championship and she produced only
one litter of two puppies in her short lifetime. Champion Virdel's
Antiquity Phoebe Snow and American/Canadian Champion Darkel's
Avalanche, C.D. sired by Champion C&D Beau Monde Blizzard.
We co-owned Belle so only Avalanche came to live at Darkel.
Also in 1974, we had our third litter of Bichon
puppies at Darkel when Angelic Star gave birth to her first litter of two
puppies. These puppies became Champion Darkel's
Cameo Souvenir and Darkel's China Souvenir. Cameo remained at
home with us while, at one year of age, China moved to Puerto Rico to make
her home with the Dardets.
That same year we acquired from Bob and
Mary Ann Lawson of Idle Hour's Bichon Frise a young bitch, Idle
Hour's Enchantment. Echo completed her American championship
handled exclusively by, Jeff Herman, the teen-age son of her co-owner,
Angelic Star was bred to her grand sire, Champion
Chaminade Mr. Beau Monde in 1975. This breeding produced three puppies.
One bitch, Champion Darkel's Elfin Magic, was retained by us and was later
bred to Spooky producing American/Canadian/Bermuda Champion Darkel's
Edelweiss. In 1981, Edelweiss was bred to Champion Beau Monde
the C&D Surfer and presented us with one male puppy, later known as
American/Canadian Champion Darkel's
In 1977, Cameo had her first litter of
four males, sired by Champion. Windstar's Aristotle. In 1981, one
of the puppies from that litter, Champion Darkel's
Imperial Gamble, R.O.M. became the pride of our kennel when we learned
that he was the #2 top winning Bichon Frise in Canada. Spooky was
owner handled. Spooky as he was called at home was a joy to
live with and consistently produced his wonderful temperament and quality
in his offspring.
In 1979, Cameo was bred to Champion. Darkel's
Avalanche, C.D. This breeding produced American/Canadian Champion. Darkel's
Royal Justice and his sister, Darkel's Royal Jewel. Justice was
shown exclusively by my daughter, Ruthellen Viall. Together they
obtained both his championships and eleven first place junior handling
wins for Ruthellen in 1982.
My special pet and companion, Darkel's
Celebrity was born in 1985.
In spite of the fact, that at that time, I showed
many of my own dogs "Toto" was the first Bichon that was 100%
to both of his championships by myself.
In the past my dogs had all received some of their points while being shown
These puppies and breedings along with "pick of
the litter" and "stud fee" puppies are the history of Darkel Bichon Frise.
We are proud of our Bichons and invite those that are interested in seeing
the current Darkel Bichons to come for a visit. Our kennels are always
open to visitors by appointment. Puppies are occasionally available by
Since the arrival of the first
litter at Darkel our goal has been to produce happy, healthy puppies
that will bring joy and happiness to their owners.