The FBFA Years
 
In 1997, the French Bulldog Fancier's Association (FBFA) came into being as a Regional Breed Club (Ontario and all points East) under the sanction of the Canadian Kennel Club.  In the Spring of 1998, the FBFA held it's first Sanction Match which took place in Eastern Ontario.  In October 1998, the Club held it's first French Bulldog Regional Specialty in Belleville, Ontario, with an entry of 53 French Bulldogs, the largest entry of French Bulldogs in Canadian history.   In December of that same year, the FBFA set up and operated a Breed Booth at the prestigious Royal Winter fair in Toronto as a public awareness into the ownership and companionship of the French Bulldog.
 
1999 was quiet for the first part of the year but the action picked up in October when the West Coast Club members hosted a Supported Entry at the Lower Mainland Show in British Columbia.  In December, a Club Booster was held at the Skydome in Toronto at the Credit Valley Show.
 
2000 was extremely busy.  In February, the FBFA was replaced with the National Club, now known as the French Bulldog Fanciers of Canada.  Plans and preparations were also well under way for our first National Specialty to be held in St. Catherines, Ontario on September 18, 19th.
 
Spring Sanction Match
BOB Winner
Can./Am. Ch. Karendon's Creme Brule owned and bred by Karen Cram
 

 
1998 FBFA's First (and only) French Bulldog Specialty Show
 
BISS Winner
BIS/BISS/Am./Can/Ber. Ch. Karendon's Joyau De France owned and bred by Karen Cram
 
 
On October 24th, 1998 the place to be was Belleville, Ontario where 53 French Bulldogs were presented to Judge Derek Hyde from Australia for his scrutiny.  This was, up to that point in time, the largest entry of French Bulldogs in Canadian Kennel Club history. 
 
This wonderful Frenchie weekend started on Friday night at the FBFA Welcome Banquet, Raffle and Auction where the action was fast and furious for the many items up for auction and there were many happy faces seen leaving with their treasures.  It continued on Saturday morning when Charlotte Creeley handled Bullmarket's Sumo LeBull Pelshire to a qualifying score of 182 to win the High Scoring French Bulldog in Trial.  That evening in the Belleville Arena was the Best of Breed competition where Karen Cram's dog BIS/BISS/Am./Can/Ber. Ch. Karendon's Joyau De France (Phoenix) took top honors as the Best of Breed.
 
Results
 
Winners Bitch - Marianette I'm All Smile Edwina
Bred by Nanette Goldberg
Owned by Donald Smith and Nanette Goldberg
 
Winners Dog - Mystic Major Force Marianette
Bred by Tammi Saccoman
Owned by Donald Smith and Nanette Goldberg
 
Best of Winners - Marianette I'm All Smile Edwina
 
Best Puppy in Specialty - Bullmarket Nasdaq
Bred by Carol Taylor
Owned by Charlotte Creeley and Carol Taylor
 
Awards of Merit
Ch. Behold Tickle Me Elmo
 
Bred and Owned by Sherry Yuhas
 
Ch. Fancibul's Boot Scooter
Bred by Karen and Robert Fore
Owned by J & S Perrin and K. Fore and Melanie Merritt
 
Best of Opposite Sex - Ch. Platinum Belboulecan Babalou
Bred by Dr. Chris Heagle
Owned by Dr. Dorit Fischler
 
Best of Breed - Ch. Karendon's Joyau De France
Bred and owned by Karen Cram
 
High Scoring Frenchie in Trial - Bullmarket's Sumo LeBull Pelshire
Bred by Arlie Toye and Carol Taylor
Owned by Charlotte Creeley and Carol Taylor
 

 
FBFA at the Royal Winter Fair
 
Supported Entry in British Columbia
Supported Entry at Skydome
 
 
Although we only had a small turnout for our Club Booster held at the Credit Valley Kennel & Obedience Club Championship Show on Dec. 11, 1999 there was a lot of quality.  Dr. Dorit Fischler cleaned up when Judge James Frederiksen from Tennessee handed out the ribbons and trophies.  BoB winner was Ch. Belboulecan Hungarian Zsazsa while BOS went to Ch. Belboulecan American Graffiti and WB went to Belboulecan Domino du Champagne for a clean sweep.  It was a super day spent one the top sporting venues in North America.  The atmosphere was electric with activities going on in every corner of the building at one of the largest dog shows in Ontario.
 
At the huge Lower Mainland Dog Fanciers of British Columbia Show in Abbottsford, BC on October 29, 1999 out of an entry of 1107 dogs there were 25 French Bulldogs for the FBFC Booster.  That is a lot of Frenchies for a show in Canada!  Three of them even made it to the Group level, with BoB, BoW winner Ch. Seeonee's Ultimate Miss Milly owned by Cheryl & Ernest Blumke taking Group IV while Karen Churchill's dog Anwyll's I'm a Believer Domlea took Best Puppy in Group and Frenchies belonging to Cheryl & Ernest Blumke also won the Group Brace.  BOS went Monet's Just a Gigolo belonging to Karen Cox and Shirley Stephenson and WD was Smokey Valley Babyface Nelson owned by Jan Schreiber, John Schreiber, Richard Shannon & M..  The breed was judged by Mrs. Joan Frailey from California and Group was judged by Mr. Enrique Filippini from Argentina.
 
In December of 1998 the French Bulldog Fanciers Association was invited to Breeders Village to follow the dog show at the Royal Winter Fair at Exhibition Place in Toronto.  For three days Carol Taylor and Gary & Marie Brown manned the booth along with Budha, Chicky, Tessa, Guy and Babette against overwhelming odds as drove after drove of people descended upon them!  The dogs had a great time greeting all the visitors and a lot of people learned a lot more about French Bulldogs over that weekend.
 
The FBFA booth was selected by the comedy troupe, Royal Canadian Air Farce as the Best Booth representing Group 6, the Non-Sporting Group.  The club received their prize, a years supply of dog food and donated it to the Dalmatian Rescue folks (DAR) who were very appreciative of our windfall.  I think the French Kissing Booth helped!
 
The dogs of course were totally wiped out and I think thankful for Sunday to come!  They slept ALL the way home and beyond!