We have exceeded the qualification for the American Kennel Club's Miniature Poodle Breeder of Merit program by having bred 14 titled Miniature Poodle as on 2021. The program also requires us to following the Poodle Club of America's recommendations for health testing. We are also a breeder of Merit in Samoyed, although we no longer breed them. We also participate in AKC's Bred with H.E.AR.T. Program and the Good Dog's breeder program. We use Puppy Culture puppy raising parodical to enhance our fifty years of dog training experience.
Our Poodles are house dogs and our companions so sound temperament and excellent health are priorities when breeding. This ensures wonderful life-long companions.
We believe that Poodles who are part of a breeding program should prove themselves in the show ring. Whether the conformation ring or a performance event our Poodles enjoy being busy and excel in the ring.
Our puppies are born and raised in our home to be companions. We never breed a litter except to improve Harmony Poodles to better fit the AKC Poodle standard.
Way back when I was in elementary school, my family purchased our first show dog. She was a well-bred, beautiful Samoyed named Ch Paymaster Stormproof Cotton. Cotton was the beginning of my mother's Trailblazer Samoyeds. Fifty years later, Judy Mears is still well respected in the Samoyed community. Mom taught me a lot about dogs, but most importantly how to be an ethical person who gives back to the dog show community in every way she is able.
Over the years Trailblazer has had top winning and top producing Samoyeds - teaching me how to be a humble winner who is proud of her dogs. There have been more than 30 Trailblazer litters - teaching me about pedigrees, genetics, birthing, death and that there will always be a lot of things out of the control of the breeder, but we can alway learn. Mostly what growing up with Samoyeds, taught me is all of life is about the relationship you build with dogs and with people, but in the end it is all about the dogs.
Mom and me with Spicy, Buck and Cari after the 1980 Samoyed Club of America National Specialty
The first Poodle came to live with us in 2002. His name was Jeffrey. We got him as a family pet, but hoped he’d be a show dog too. He was for a minute, but he was a great companion his whole life. Through the connections we made with Jeffrey, we acquired our first “show poodle” Mandie. Mandie, Krystal Hi Harmony CD RE CGC, taught me a lot about showing poodles, but most importantly, she was my introduction to the wide world of Poodles.
Davin, Ch Inishmoor Celtic Harmony, was the first Harmony champion. He was a very nice poodle we purchase from a local Denver breeder in 2006. Davin finished as a puppy primarily handled by me. Davin was specialed for a short time by Kathy Adams and Betty Brown. He did some nice winning, but neither my heart nor my pocket book were into campaigning a Poodle, so Davin came home to be Phil’s hunting dog
Mandie - first dog to earn performance titles with me as handler
In 2008, Mandie and Davin were the parents of the first Harmony Poodle litter and it was a great one. Mandie had six puppies - a big litter for a mini. Those six puppies became - Ch Harmony’s Highland Debut, GCh Ch Harmony & Lyrx The Race Is On!, GCh Ch Harmony Basso Profundo at Mountain Rose, Harmony’s Baritone BN, CD, Harmony Thank Heaven for Little Girl CGC, and Harmony Just Jenny. We were, and still are, very proud of this first litter. Debby went on to produce Ch Harmony Milago Romance CA. Derby produced Ch Midnight King Mowgli. Solo produced Jamonica's Springtime in the Rockies RI CAA CGC TKN and Ch Marjonlie Miss Saigon.
Our First home-bred Champion
The next couple of litters were heart breaking, but important. In 2009, Mandie bred to Davin produced another littler. The puppies were sound in structure, health & temperament but introduced us to new color issues. Two puppies had phantom markings and two puppies with color dilution alopecia (CDA). Poodle breeders often call this condition “Blue Bell” or “Lavender” or “Sport”. In a nutshell, the puppies are born with gray hair which starts falling out and becoming thin and scraggly in just a few weeks. These four puppies and their two black litter mates grew into healthy well loved pets, but did give us pause for concern.
Not wanting to “throw the baby out with the bath water”, we bred Debby in 2012. We did a lot of research to ensure we bred her to a dog who’s family had not produced CDA and it was our first collaboration with Clarion Poodles. Debby and Ch Clarion Camelot Quevro produced an amazing litter of healthy puppies with outstanding structure and friendly, outgoing temperaments. The bad news was three of the four were phantoms. We did keep and showed the only solid colored puppy in the litter, Ch Harmony's Milagro Romance CA. But it came time to either stop breeding and enjoy our wonderful pet Poodles or to come up with a new game plan.
Adorable Phantom Puppy - An AKC disqualifying fault
We anguished over the discussion to start over and prayed for guidance. Luckily God answers prayers. Starting over meant buying a girl to be our “new” foundation bitch. We can’t have an unlimited number of dogs, so buying a new girl meant having to find perfect homes for at least a couple of our current dogs. Davin had already gone to live with the person who owned his son, Derby, but Derby had come to live with us for me to show. So we had Mandie, her two puppies, Debby & Derby and Debby’s son Romeo. Debby was the first to find the perfect home, but over the next year Mandie and Derby also found wonderful homes. Mandie has since come back home because of the death of her person, but believe me when I say these three dogs found their perfect people.
Through our interactions with Ann Kennedy and her daughter Katherine Kennedy Vigil, we already knew we wanted to start over with a Clarion bitch. Clarion not only produces some of the nicest Poodles in the world, but those Poodles are bred by two of the most knowledgeable, giving women I’ve met. In 2013, just after finishing her championship at the Poodle Club of America National Specialty, Ch Clarion Arcadia came to our house and became the foundation of our line of Poodles.
Arcadia produced three litters of puppies. All have been outstanding. In 2014, by Romeo, she produced Harmony Clarion Jelly Bean MX MXJ MJB. In 2015, by Ch Clarion Dark Side Of The Moon RE NA NAJ NW2 she produced GCh Ch Harmony Clarion Stairway To Heaven RA CGC TKN. In 2016, by GChB Ch Clarion Karadale Better Together she produced Ch Clarion Harmony Millbrook Mocha Latte and Ch Clarion Harmony Palaunu. She is retired from breeding and enjoying Rally training with her grand puppies.
One of Arcadia's big wins
Arcadia's first Champion, GCh Ch Harmony Clarion Stairway To Heaven RA GCG TKN, has a heart of gold. TJ finished his Champion and Grand Championship very quickly. He has gone on to do some performance work, which he loves. His next adventure is to be a therapy dog. TJ was bred to three different bitches. As of April 2021, he produced four champions and has two other pointed puppies. He also has one puppy with performance titles and three others in training. See TJ's page for pictures of his puppies.
We have decided to retire TJ. He has produced some excellent puppies, but both his son, Prince and his nephew, Loki have more to offer our breeding program at this time.
TJ's PCA Debute at 12 1/2 months
In 2017, Faith, Polly and Eleanor came into our lives. Polly is an Arcadia daughter, Eleanor is a TJ daughter and Faith is a cousin to the other girls. These three beauties have been the foundation of what is currently "Harmony Poodles". Faith has produced Ch Harmony Clarion Purple Rain, Ch Harmony Clarion A Song In My Heart & GCh Ch Clarion Harmony Midnite Persuasion. Polly has produced Ch Harmony Clarion Journey Into Mystery and Eleanor has produced Ch Harmony Clarion Happiness Amplified and Ch Harmony Clarion On My Way To Heaven. We have high hopes for the puppies out of these girls as well as the future generations of Harmony Poodles.
Arcadia with her daughter Polly and granddaughter, Eleanor.
Mandie - the first Harmony Poodle (12/2004 -1/2020)
Derby - Our First Grand Champion
Solo - We are so lucky Jeanne Dabbled in Minis for a minute
Derby's son Benji finishing his championship. Handled by Kathy Adam. Bred by Dennis Hayzlett & Tina Wickizer. Owned by Becky Champman & Dennis Hayzlett
Half sisters by Ch Clarion Camelot Persuasion. Mothers of many wonderful Harmony Poodles
Prince and sisters are part of the bright future of Harmony Poodles
Davin the first Harmony Champion (10/2006 - 7/2019)
Our first connection with Clarion Poodles
The first brown Harmony Poodles Ch Clarion Harmony Palaunu and Ch Clarion Harmony Millbrook Mocha Latte
Our agility star - JellyBean lives in Wisconsin with her beloved owner Carla. In addition to agility they play in obedience and nose work
I still love Samoyeds. Currently the only two I own live across town at my Mother's house
I am blessed to have a husband who loves me and my Poodles. He helps in every way possible. There would not be a Harmony Miniature Poodle if not for Phil Francis.