Brereton Bichons was established in 1976 by my mother Margaret Britton and myself (Mary Britton Spruiell) with a huge amount of support from my father Al Britton. My mother had been involved in pure bred dogs all her life and I decided after finishing college to start showing dogs. After a year of searching for the right breed, we decided on the adorable Bichon Frise. We decided to use Brereton as a kennel name as it was the Britton family name when the ancestors moved to the US from Ireland.
We got our original dogs in 1976 from pioneer breeder Jean Rank. For a number of years we struggled with the right combination of breeding but in 1979 we bred our first breeder/owner/handled Bichon, Ch. Brereton’s Gamblin’ Dandy. That was the beginning of over 30 years of breeder/owner/handled Champions. To date, Brereton Bichons has well over 50 AKC champions with more ready to enter the show ring.
The baton has now been passed to me and my daughter Megan who loves the dog and is a tremendous help with whelping, raising puppies and helping at shows when she can travel
A couple years ago, I became interested in a second breed – the Lowchen and have co-owned some top winning lowchens with my wonderful friend Donna Jones of Atlanta. Although Bichons will always be my primary breed, Lowchens have become a very fun addition to my showing experience.
Raising and showing bichons has been a life long love. The friends I have met showing dogs will be friends forever. One of the best parts of raising dogs are the wonderful people we have met through the years who have adopted our puppies into their homes. I regularly get calls about the dogs we have placed and how they have enriched the lives of their owners.
Our puppies are raised with the best care possible and all of our dogs are tested for eye, knee and hip problems which can be a problem in the breed. Welcome to our site and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.