My breeding program and love for showing dogs began when in my teens, I took a Keeshond puppy in the ring and that began a lifelong passion with dogs and dog shows. As a young newlywed I got a Keeshond puppy to show from Gladys Baldwin of Van Bie Kennels that became Ch. Van Bie Bonanza. Gladys also had some enchanting Pomeranians which caught my fancy.
Darlys Flaata was my mentor in my Pom breeding program and is still my friend. I got my first pom from her. I finished some other breeds but my real involvement began in 1977 with a Pom puppy from Darlyls that became the Group winning, Ch. Damata Nuclear Reactor. He was the "rock" upon which VIP Pomeranians was built. Since then, with limited breeding, I have owned or bred about 15 Poms to their titles and handled others for friends and clients. I also collaborated with Janet Lucido of Odyssey Pomeranians. The blending of our bloodlines produced Ch. VIP'N Odyssey Tara's Gold and Ch. Odyssey 'N VIP's Movin Vilation and then, I fell in love with the Miniature Bull Terrier!
Enter the Mini-Bull Terrier!
At the Mission Circuit in Southern California in 1992 I saw a cute little Miniature Bull Terrier, a newly recognized AKC breed. Over the years I watched the Mini-Bulls with interest as I continued in my Pom breeding program. Then, in 1998 I married a great guy who had never been to a dog show. What an education he was about to get! Larry had been fascinated with the Bull Terrier since the advent of Budweiser’s "Spuds MacKenzie" dog and that prompted us to start seriously looking at Miniature Bull Terriers.
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I went to the San Diego shows which followed the
Miniature Bull Terrier National Specialty and there I met Barbara “BJ” Andrews, the author of
"The Miniature Bull Terrier" and whose bloodlines I had watched over the years. BJ agreed to sell me a male puppy. O'BJ Great Expectations VIP didn’t turn out to be a show dog but “Pip” became my soul mate and I was hooked on Mini-Bulls.
Pip was outstanding and picking up points until his mouth went off. That hurt him in the ring but he was such a great little dog, it made me determined to get good mouths in my Mini-Bull Terrier breeding program. Thank you Pip!
BJ sent Victoria's Secret O'BJ “Vicky" to replace my male. Vicky, whose parents were imported from top English bloodlines, became our foundation for VIP Miniature Bull Terriers. She's pictured winning at Apple Valley in 2002.
I then studied a striking young white Mimi-Bull male
"Ch Kingsmere Moondoggie" and watched what he was producing out of bitches of different lines. I noticed that no matter what bitch he was bred to, he produced good heads, which I felt that was Vicky's weak point. I needed him in my breeding program.
VIP - The Miniature Bull Terrier Breeder!
With BJ’s blessing, Linda Lethin agreed to breed "Smudgie" as he was known, to Vicky. Smudgie has sired 4 VHDK (Van Hildrekusen) Winners and won the Van Hildrekusen himself. He sired 4 National Specialty winners and won BB at the National and at the Gardens (Westminster KC) twice and yes, he is the (Miniature) Bull Terrier you see in the Target department store ads.
From that litter, we got 4 lovely bitches, one of which was
Ch. VIP'S Pocket Change O'BJ “Penny” co-bred with BJ Andrews. “Penny” was BOB at Ventura from BBE over top male specials.
She was WB at the Miniature Bull Terrier Club Of America National Specialty, and to climax her show career, she finished as BW at Palm Springs under Bull Terrier legend, breeder-judge Winkey Mackay-Smith.
"Penny" was one of our first VIP Miniature Bull Terrier Champions.
Vicky's next litter was sired by Ch. Tecuya's Something to Talk About (Smudgie's son) and that produced 4 bitches and 2 dogs. All
four girls are champions.
"Vicky" produced a litter of six puppies sired by Ch. Tecuya's Something to Talk About. I'll tell you more about them in a minute because they have really turned out well.
I then bred Vicky to Ch. Tecuya's Talkin Tough, Smudgie's grandson, who I co own with Brenda Smith. "Danny" was a joy to show and he and I had a lot of fun. Turns out, he was only "talking" tough because he was as good-natured as all Miniature Bull Terriers should be. He's shown here at the left in one of his favorite outfits.
My husband Larry is a classic car buff and loves motorcycles. "Danny" and Larry were the best of buddies and he became not only a star in the Miniature Bull Terrier show ring but also a real celebrity at the Harley dealership. His only problem with those big Harleys is that his short legs weren't made for biking! But he tried... this is one of the ads we did on him and everyone loved it. He was a wonderful promoter for Antelope Valley Harley Davidson. One of the salesmen quipped
"Miniature Bull Terriers are just little "pigs" that never grow up to be Harley Hogs."
Then There Was a Miniature Bull Terrier Scandal!
From another breeding I got four lovely bitches!
VIP's Simply Scandalous "Scandal" is well on her way with 3 group placements from the 9-12 months puppy class. That probably set a record for a Miniature Bull Terrier puppy! Scandal is shown here with Stephanie Salas, two beautiful youngsters doing their thing at 14 years and 10 months.
Scandal's litter sister Ch. VIP'S Indecent Proposal finished with 4 majors including 2 BOB over specials. VIP's In Touch With the Devil has a CGC, is a therapy dog who at one year old, had first level Freestyle. She is in training for Agility, Obedience and Earthdog.
Scandal won a Group II Puppy and Terrier Group III on the same day!
I insist on good temperaments, health, and good confirmation with excellent bites. My Miniature Bull Terriers have become known for not only excellent bites but for having those mouths in correct heads and any Mini-Bull breeder can tell you, that isn’t easy.
After all these years of breeding show dogs, I've found my niche as a
Miniature Bull Terrier Breeder
and I'm loving it. Watch for photos of my new Standard Bull Terrier!
The Milteers reside in Rosamond, CA and can be reached at 661-256-4076 or