After thirty-three years of breeding and exhibiting Dalmatians we decided that we needed a smaller breed. We had tried to acquire a couple of nice bitches back in the early 70's but found it was difficult to get a good start so we gave up on it. Then in 1997 a new spark of interest surfaced and we started looking all over again. One would think that after having 70 homebred Dalmatians it would be relatively easy to get a good start in any breed we chose. Not so!
When a long time friend found out about our new venture she offered a champion male to us that she had more or less inherited. The dog is Ch. Landmark Monarch Fly-N-Solo or Lindy to his many friends. Lindy's first owner came down with a terminal illness so she gave all her Schipperkes and Papillons away before she died. Our friend had no intentions on breeding or showing Papillons and that is how Lindy happened to come to Zelicaon. Not long after Lindy came to live here, he became a "Sire of Merit" having sired five champion offspring.
A lot of study has gone into our acquisition of more Papillons. We learned early the importance of having CERF eye exams and patella checks, as these two ailments seem to be the prominent problems in the breed.
Forrest has been an AKC approved judge of Dalmatians, all Poodles and Jr. Showmanship since 1974 as well as breeding national winning Dalmatians. Soundness of mind and body is high on the priority list for acquiring Papillons. We also have studied the Breed Standard and attended multiple Breed and Judges study groups to learn the proper type and all the fine points for producing high quality animals. Our aim is to breed a few healthy typey sound-moving Papillons that have really good temperaments.
All pet quality puppies are sold on spay/neuter contracts to ensure any inferior animals from this kennel will not be used to propagate more inferior animals. A breeder can expect only a few puppies that will be competitive in the show ring. For that reason, among many others, all breeding stock must be strong and healthy. Most puppies will end up in a loving home and these people deserve a nice healthy pet.
We will occasionally sell a show potential puppy to a qualified buyer. Any person inquiring about a pet or show puppy can expect to be questioned and investigated. It is very important to us that our charges be placed in lifetime situations. Any dog that leaves here can be returned in cases where the owner cannot keep the dog.
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