THE MONJOIE STORY
FIRST LITTER: 11-2-1980
John and Wendy Hutchison and their MONJOIE prefix bought their first Bichon Frise in 1978. She was the Bitch:
This began a decade and a half of involvement in the breed that has seen the prefix prosper within Australia and overseas. SABRA became the first Champion at MONJOIE and produced seven litters for the affix.
Continually looking out for prospective stock they purchased:
Snow Glace had already produced three Champions and added another title for the MONJOIE prefix. She produced four litters while in the care of John & Wendy. Her MONJOIE Champion:
was successfully shown to her title by Mrs. O. B. Komduur of the DELDERLAND prefix, Queensland and herself produced three Champions from one litter for that Kennel. Apart from Labelle Gigi only one other Snow Glace offspring need be mentioned. This was the bitch:
She was the first purchase of a Bichon for the DOBRANA prefix . DOBRANA were subsequently to purchase, from the SANGUIN kennels, of Mrs. Wilma Brown, Victoria the bitch:
As with all fanciers, MONJOIE had to gain the skills necessary to compete successfully with their Bichons in the ring. John began the laborious task of familiarising himself with a pair of Scissors and comb with out any experience to guide him. Time and that all important ingredient practice honed his skills and allowed them to see some of their goals accomplished. Two home bred Champions were realised early in their chosen breed and they were the brother and sister:
Both were used within the MONJOIE breeding program though John & Wendy were still looking for that elusive something that would be the catalyst for the future. Once again it was AZARA who provided this in the Bitch:
When she hit the ring Ami showed the world that here was a very special Bichon indeed. She showed the flair and style of her full sister, Azara Petite Fleur, with an added something and before leaving the ring to take up an even more impressive role in MONJOIE’s breeding program this bitch was to take her owners to the highest levels of competition. So successful was this bitch that the choice of a mate was a problem John & Wendy could not overcome in Australia. They had used some of the best stud dogs of the day in previous litters and Ami was by what they considered to be the best sire in the country. Looking to England for an answer they gambled all for the chance of the prize. Taking the phone in hand they achieved what many had thought to be impossible. Purchase arguably the finest English Champion of the day from the top Kennel of that era. From the ZUDIKI kennels of Mrs. J. Brown-Emmerson and bred by LEIJAZULIP’S Mr D. Chiverton and Mrs. Vera Goold came the male:
On his arrival in 1984 he quickly joined Ami in the ring gaining his Australian title and numerous All Breeds awards and when ready was mated to his ring mate. (While campaigning he was affectionately called "Young Jazz" by all those who remembered Jazz de la Buthiere to differentiate between the two of them during conversations.) This combination was enormously successful and MONJOIE offspring from these Bichons are significant and successful in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada, Norway, Sweden and Finland. Four litters were produced through this combination reaping 13 Champions from 16 puppies. Through the male:
John and Wendy were able to return to ZUDIKI a son of the dog held in such esteem by both parties.
Pride of Zudiki's litter sister:
was sold to local Victorian enthusiast Barbara Dupe who successfully showed "KYLIE" to her title and a Runner Up to Best Exhibit in Group award at the Royal Melbourne Show.
The first success story for a MONJOIE bred Bichon sent overseas must be that of the bitch sold to the VALE PARK kennels of Mrs. Hilda I. Murphy, Canada.
In 1991 MONJOIE imported:
This male produced stock for the SULYKA kennel of Sue Dunger in England before his sale. He then produced Bichons under the MONJOIE prefix and the BLANCHEUR kennel of Sheryl Schou. One of the hallmarks of MONJOIE are the close links they forged with specific breeders. Over the years this has reaped enormous benefits for both John and Wendy and the prefixes concerned. One of the first such liaisons was with BLANCHEUR, New Zealand. Sheryl had an enormously successful show career with her MONJOIE import:
Over the years both kennels have had benefits from each other in Bichons and in breeding programs. One prominent occasion was the importing to New Zealand and then Australia of the bitch:
Sue Dunger (SULYKA) had also gained from her friendship with MONJOIE and vice versa. A repeat mating of the highly successful Champion
would benefit all three kennels. John and Wendy though now owned the Sire. With more liberal quarantine laws in New Zealand it was decided to send My Choice to Sheryl Schou. There she would be mated to Leijazulip Jazz of Zudiki under Sue Dunger’s SULYKA prefix (for this purpose SULYKA was registered in New Zealand under S. Dunger & W. Hutchison) and the resulting off spring distributed among the three kennels.
"Young Jazz" was sent over to Sheryl for the mating and the events duly unfolded. All three kennels were able to successfully incorporate the offspring from the result into their respective breeding programs. The logistics and cost of such a venture can best be described as astronomical considering the risks involved. The rewards though were well worth the effort. Sheryl Schou who successfully whelped and reared the litter in question was able to gain a substantial footing for her stock in Australia through MONJOIE via two exports to that kennel. They were:
and the Grandson of Sheryl’s New Zealand bred SULYKA RAGTIME (Leijazulip Jazz x Shamaney My Choice)
Mrs. Rita Komduur of Queensland showed and titled a bitch for John and Wendy that was to find her way back to MONJOIE. This was the bitch:
Through Mia, MONJOIE were able to continue their breeding program. Another full sister of the above was to find her way home from Norway where she had been titled by Hanna Opskar of Haugesund. She was:
John & Wendy have already used Ima Dreamer within MONJOIE as well as successfully campaigning her to dual titles. Their close ties with Norway gained them the import:
HONEYHILLS VIKING (Norway) (Exp.Aust.)
Another facet of MONJOIE was through their successfully campaigned:
Le Magnifique was sold to Finnish breeder Jaana Leinonen from Pitkajarvi. He became a most valuable asset for the LEEWARDS kennel. Le Magnifique was to produce only one Champion in Australia prior to his departure for Finland and that was the dog:
Owned and loved by Mrs. Monica Smith of Victoria this dog went on to have a very successful show career. Monica was never interested in breeding but has chosen instead to campaign Kane and show two other Bichons through to their titles. They were:
(The MEADOWVIEW prefix of Mr. J.P. Dermody began in Victoria in 1988 and then moved to New South Wales. Last recorded litter was in 1990.), and:
John and Wendy have always actively encouraged Monica’s participation and they remain the best of friends.
Two Bichons Frises owned and used within MONJOIE had their beginnings with another kennel. Both were imported by the SALBY prefix of Mrs. P. Bywater of Victoria. The first was:
The other purchase by John & Wendy from Pat Bywater was the import:
MONJOIE have gained their reputation in the breed through the oldest and still best method known. Hard work and an uncompromising insistence to excellence. They work just as hard now as they did in the formative years. Gaining enormous personal kudos from their own efforts in the ring and that of their stock throughout the world. MONJOIE is an ongoing story and now the tasks before them are even greater. What to follow on with after their successes with AMI and "Young Jazz". We now see the import of:
Already a Multi-Best In Show winner Timmy will no doubt help MONJOIE capitalise on their past achievements and take them successfully into the future.
Listed below are other Monjoie Champions and their titled offspring not already mentioned in the text. Some of these will gain further exposure in the write up on the kennels to which they were sold.
Happy Wanderer was sold on 1-12-1986 to the DELDERLAND prefix of Rita Komduur where he was shown to his title. He was then transferred to the EASTVALANNA kennel of Valerie Harrison, Queensland, on 23-9-1988
The story so far is taken from Peter Eerden's book "Teyde - A Bichon Frise" Thanks to Peter for allowing use of this in our website. (NB: some updates to champion offspring have been made to Peter's book for the purposes of this website)
But the Monjoie story does not end there.
Timmy proved to be a wonderful showdog. Brought to Australia
specifically for showing, he gained sufficient points to become a Grand Champion
in less than 18 months. He was almost 4 years of age when he arrived in
Australia, and Monjoie have only used him sparingly as a sire, due to the
outcross he carries. Timmy produced
Monjoie produced a litter sired by their beloved Jazz when he was 14
1/2 years of age. This included
and these champions carried Jazz's total of Champions to an Australian breed record of 34. Jazz died just short of his 17th birthday, and joined his kennelmate of 14 years, the grand old lady AMI, who passed away 6 months earlier at the age of 16.
Gail Robinson, a long time friend of John & Wendy, campaigned
Traditional Jazz (TJ) to his Grand Championship, and to date TJ has
produced one champion for Gail.
Ch Monjoie Jazz Man has produced two champions for Monjoie.
Ch Monjoie Sweet Georgia has produced 3 champions for John
& Wendy to date, including a dog exported to Evelin Krebsky in
Belgium. Evelin has since moved back to Brazil where the dog has been
shown to his title.
Another brother to these pups, Monjoie Jive Talkin, was sent to New Zealand to Kirsty Boyle and is currently having a spell whilst Kirsty has her first baby.
Not content to rest on their laurels, Monjoie has imported the bitch
from Sue and Roger Dunger (Sulyka), in another exchange of lines. These two kennels have worked together over a long period of time. Holly has produced one litter to date and these pups have just commenced showing.
1999 has seen the arrival of another import from the U.K., this time
from Sylvia Thomas, by a Monjoie dog previously exported to the Sulyka kennel.
A very advanced young dog, Simba already has his first litter on the ground at the age of 10 months.
Y2K will see further developments in the Monjoie story.
Revised: January 23, 2010 .