Barbara Stubbs passes away

Barbara Stubbs

It is with great sadness that we convey that Barbara Stubbs, a long time Bichon Frise fancier passed away on November 24th, 2018.  She was 89 years old.

Barbara was instrumental in having the Bichon Frise recognized by the AKC and in the formation of the Bichon Frise Club of America and the Bichon Frise Club of San Diego. She also authored one of the definitive works on the breed, The Complete Bichon Frise.

While it is true there were other breeders who came before her, there were none who had the right combination of knowledge and connections to bring this “little white dog” to the attention of those who could advance it to becoming a breed recognized by the American Kennel Club and eligible to compete at all breed events.

We who call San Diego our home are fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from this remarkable lady and to have enjoyed the pleasure of her company. Barbara bred and showed bichons under the prefix CHAMINADE. Two of her more well known bichons were Chaminade Mr. Beau Monde “Christopher” and Chaminade Le Blanc Chamour “Beemer”.

Were it not for Barbara’s style and panache it is doubtful we would be about to celebrate the Bichon Frise Club of San Diego’s 50th specialty show, or for that matter the Bichon Frise. The Bichon Frise Club of San Diego will dedicate their Golden Jubilee specialty shows on February 22, 2019 to Barbara.

It will not be the same without her, but we are forever grateful for having had the opportunity to know her, love her and learn from her.

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