(as of December 2007)
The Frenchpark Fox Terrier kennel was established in 2004 by John Killeen (of Dun Gar Wire Fox Terriers) and Mary Lynn Killeen (Machado). Frenchpark strives to breed champion wire and smooth fox terriers that not only meet the breed standard, but also make wonderful pets. Several of the Frenchpark dogs also have performance event titles as champion earthdogs.
Frenchpark first began as Dun Gar Wire Fox Terriers. Established in 1982, John Killeen and former wife, Lynn, bred champion Wire Fox Terriers. The name 'Dun Gar' is the Irish Gaelic name of the village in County Roscommon, Ireland, where John's father was born. Frenchpark is the English name for Dun Gar. John and Lynn learned to groom and show with the assistance of Conor, the first wire fox terrier they showed. Grooming and showing skills were honed with help from many wire fox terrier experts. Conor, as it turned out, was not show dog material, but turned out to be a natural field terrier. They continued to show Conor in matches for practice and began the search for a show bitch. They finally found Maeve after more than a year of searching. Maeve was descended from a bevy of stars (see the Ancestors page) and she grew into a very nice show girl. Maeve was a great producer with four champions to her credit out of only two litters. With her first litter she produced Mac, a male, and Classy, a female. Both Mac and Classy finished their championships in short order. From Maeve's second litter came Dee, who was also shown to her championship. Dee's first litter provided Dun Gar with their latest champion - Jewel. Jewel is the product of Dun Gar to Dun Gar breeding. Maeve passed away in 2005 at 15 years of age. Classy, Dee and Jewel currently reside at Live Wire Fox Terriers in Belford, New Jersey. Mac resides with us at Frenchpark.
John and Mary Lynn are continuing the Dun Gar tradition of breeding quality wire fox terriers under the Frenchpark prefix.
Mary Lynn Killeen (Machado) has been involved with Fox Terriers since 1990, when her first fox terrier came into her life. Mary Lynn found Rona, a wire fox terrier, running the streets of downtown Toronto, Canada. Unable to locate the owner Rona stayed and Mary Lynn fell in love with her classic Wire Fox Terrier personality. Mary Lynn moved to Los Angeles, and soon after acquired a companion for Rona - a young Smooth Fox Terrier named Freeway, bred by Sue Pucci of Windfall Smooth Fox Terriers. While walking along the beach one day she met Dennis Broderick, an avid earthdog participant with his Cairn Terriers. He told her all about the sport of earthdog and Mary Lynn and Freeway and Rona soon became regulars at local Southern California earthdog events. Soon after Mary Lynn's foray into the dog show world began. She acquired a lovely young male, and after attending lots of dog shows and watching the pros she then began showing "Tommy". In less than three months, Tommy had finished his championship, owner handled, and Mary Lynn was hooked. The following year Tommy's first litter produced a bitch, Casey, who came to live with Mary Lynn. Casey finished her championship, also in short order, and has produced Champion offspring.