Astarte Bichons Frises and Barbets was established in 1972 in Phoenix, Arizona where I showed my dogs in the South West and California for over 40 years. We moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996.
I am a professor of psychology and teach genetics and Neuro-Psych for a University in the Puget Sound area.
We are a small family show and breeding kennel, devoted to the betterment of the breed and striving to help new owners achieve success in the show ring, as well as with their family companions. We are not a puppy mill, breeding puppies for a profit. I do not sell and have never sold my puppies through pet shops, dealers or on listings for puppies you may find on the internet that deal with puppy mills or ill treated dogs. I do not and will not breed designer dogs EVER.
All our babies are born in our living room and are well socialized, not leaving home until they are ten weeks old. You are welcomed, and encouraged, to visit our home as often as you like while your puppy waits to go to his or her forever home.
My puppies are guaranteed for three full years and I reserve first rights, for return of the puppy to me, if for some reason you can no longer keep him or her. I will provide testimonials and direct access to speak with past puppy buyers.
We are members of the : AKC, The American Barbet Club, CKC, and Past President of the UKC, United Barbet Club.
We are now the proud owner of five
Barbet's a rare breed French Water Dog five of only ninety +-, in the United States and 1600 in the world. The American Barbet Club is currently working toward AKC recognition. Barbets are now on the AKC FSS registry (foundation stock service) and are accepted in all of Europe and Canada in the National pure Bred Breed clubs. We are members of the Canadan, International and American Barbet Breed clubs and a proud member.
I am the Past President of the UKC Barbet United Kennel Club and NorthWestBarbet Club.
My dogs are all OFS'd , CERF, and D locus/ PRA tested