We hope you are enjoying your tour of Cypress Farm Kennel online. Allow us to introduce ourselves virtually and tell you a bit more about our lives and how
we came to be CFK. Pictured above at right is my mother, Linda, and at left is myself, Krystin. My mother and father, Neal have been married for 33 years. I
have one brother, Robert, and my best friend who has become an adopted sister, Ashley. On December 23, 2016  I married the love of my life, Jeff
Weishiemer, and together we have two children from his previous marriage, Madlynn and Jacob. Every person in our family has had a hand in helping to raise
the fur children of Cypress Farm Kennel, making it the strong home breeding program it has become. WE ARE SO PROUD!

My mother whelped her first litter of Cocker Spaniels when she was 16 years old. Over the decades the breeds of CFK have changed, but her passion for
whelping and rearing puppies has remained steadfast and thankfully rubbed off on myself. Some of my earliest memories involve cuddling in bed with a tiny
puppy that I had snuck into my room at bedtime. I thought I had done so cunningly but my mom always knew. She would wait for me to fall asleep then would
come get the puppy and return it to it's mother.

In 1990 her business license was approved to legally name our breeding program "Cypress Farm Kennel". My parents decided on the name together so that
all facets of the farm were included. The portion of the name "
Cypress" was derived from the beautiful Cypress trees that lined the bayous of our home state
at the time, Louisiana. The portion "
Farm Kennel" was decided to encompass all of the critters being raised on my parent's farm. My mother and father were
raising AQHA Quarter Horses for barrel racing as well as registered Black Angus Cattle along with many other barn animals that my brother and I could show
in 4/H and FFA. If it was feathered, cloven hoofed, or neighed we likely raised it and loved every second of it. There wasn't ever a dull moment around the
Johansen household!

In 2004 I graduated from high school and began attending university. Having injured my knee beyond repair I found myself in an emotional lull not being able
to play basketball any longer. I was desperately seeking an outlet to pour my heart and soul into, a way I could be the best at something again. As if it by fate I
met my first Boston Terrier a week before college classes started and fell in love. However it wasn't until I saw a chocolate and white Boston Terrier and her
pups modeling dog beds in a Doctor's Foster and Smith pet supply catalog when I fell head over heels. After consulting with my mother, who at the time was
well known for her show quality, champion chocolate/rust Miniature Pinschers, not much convincing was needed to have her on board the Boston Terriers of
color train. Together we began our adventure in raising Boston Terriers.

We spent months researching the breed before initializing the steps to purchase our first Boston Terrier. At the time we found little on the subject of Colored
Boston Terriers. They weren't even known at the time as Colored Boston Terriers. Anyone that would actually speak to us about Boston Terriers would
immediately squash the subject of colors, prohibiting any educational conversation on the subject, and meeting any questions of color with degrading
verbiage, disgust, and even hate. Social Media was nearly nonexistent and the Internet then wasn't used as a source of networking like it is today. Even
Google didn't render much information. A very valuable lesson was learned early:
breeding Boston Terriers of nonstandard colors would not be easy.
We were up for the challenge!

In 2005 we obtained our first breeding pair of adult Boston Terriers and by 2006 we had our first litter of 3 beautiful black/white Boston Terrier boys. Soon
after my father's career forced a move to Texas. I stayed back to finish my degree, but in December of 2006 I followed my family and became a Texas girl. In
2007 we were incredibly blessed to find a mentor in Susan Stafford, who is extremely knowledgeable of the breed but particularly conformation, temperament,
and structure. She has helped us immensely and without her sharing of knowledge and encouragement of limitless ability we would not have the program we
have today.

We may not have realized when we started this endeavor that Colored Boston Terriers were quite a controversy in the show world of the BT and it would be a
battle to get to a place in our program where we were able to actually produce quality in color. The last 13 years has been much hard work, heartache, and
stress, but it has truly been a wonderful experience as well. Not only did we learn how strong we are having to fight for what we believe and know to be true
thanks to lengthy and vast research of the accurate history of the Boston Terrier breed developing thick skin due to the bickering, drama, and outright
bullying by breeders in both the Colored Boston Terrier and Traditional Boston Terrier show/color hating world,
BUT we have met some of the most amazing
people building once in a lifetime friendships as well. The more we succeeded in our endeavors with Colored Boston Terriers the more angst and jealousy
would develop from those who were not our biggest fans. Thankfully there are wonderful people who love us and are here for us to lend a helping hand or
kind word when needed most. As they say, it all boils down to the fact that
those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. Words do not
exist to be able to share our deepest of gratitude to those people who have become known as "Cypress Family". Those very people who have picked us up
when we felt down or even dried our tears and been our shoulder to lean on in darkest of hours. Without their care, love, and support, Cypress Farm Kennel
would never have been able to reach the once believed unattainable notoriety it has achieved in the Colored Boston Terrier world today. Once unknown,
Cypress is synonymous with Colored Boston Terriers.

Through everything we have steadfastly believed that
Colored Boston Terriers deserve their place alongside their standard colored counterparts
both in the American Kennel Club conformation ring and also in the history of the breed
. We have taken it upon ourselves as well as fused immortal
camaraderie with like minded peers to work diligently to forge a positive place in 21st century history for Colored Boston Terriers. Understandably this
endeavor will not take place overnight.
A quintessential factor of setting Colored Boston Terrier history is that we as breeders maintain our reputability
amongst our peers and remain actively involved in the Boston Terrier community
. Below are just a few of the credits we at Cypress Farm Kennel have been
able to contribute to the breed through our perseverance along with the help of our mentor, friends, and supporters:

-Krystin founded the All Color Boston Terrier Club (ACBTC) on July 9, 2007.
-In 2008 Cypress Farm Kennel Boston Terriers became the sole testing group for DNA color analysis studies for
Veterinary Genetics Laboratories which led to the gained knowledge
for VetGen to be able to release a series of recessive color testing panels for the Boston Terrier breed for sale to the public.
-Since 2012 Krystin  has assisted
Animal Genetics Inc. with several specific studies regarding canine coat color genetics of the BT breed.
-Per the suggestion of Krystin and with the help of the ACBTC on October 1, 2012  
Juvenile Hereditary Cataract Awareness Month was established which is an annual event held
October of every year. Every year for October education is shared with via Social Media to spread awareness for the importance of JHC testing prior to mating a pair of Bostons.
-Krystin assisted author Peggy Swager with the color chapter of her book
'Boston Terrier (Smart Owner's Guide)'  which was published in 2011 available at Petsmart, Petco, Barnes &
Noble, and Amazon. Krystin  is also quoted within the book regarding the importance of health testing/BAER testing. This book is HIGHLY recommended as it is the only modern day
(within the last 70 years) BT breed book to include information that is not biased but also educational regarding nonstandard coat colors of the BT breed.
-Cypress Farm Kennel published the first of it's kind breed specific online tutorial for coat color genes titled and linked:
Boston Terrier Coat Colors Explained
-In the past Boston Terriers were titled by their color, IE "Red Boston Terriers", "Blue Boston Terriers", "Fawn Boston Terriers" and so on. The colors became known as the "Colored
Boston Terrier"
breed as designated by Krystin  which began with acceptance of the breed standard (written by Krystin Johansen and Susan Stafford) by the purebred registration
body the
United Canine Association in October of 2008. Prior to 2008 there was no all inclusive title until the President of the UCA asked Krystin to give a formal title to the breed they
were to recognize. The breed is presently known as Colored Boston Terriers throughout the Boston Terrier community and now the world.
-CFK was the first kennel to show a Colored Boston Terrier in a modern day conformation show via the United Canine Association (UCA), an alternative registry, on November 15, 2008.
-CFK was the first kennel to Grand Champion title a Colored Boston Terrier in a present day conformation show via the United Canine Association (UCA), an alternative registry,
January 16, 2010.
-CFK was the first kennel to show a Colored Boston Terrier in a modern day conformation show via the American Kennel Club (AKC) in July of 2012. Upon denial by the AKC to register
a blue Boston Terrier properly as a blue and forced to keep the color seal on the certificate, CFK registered their blue Boston for show via Onofrio and participated in an AKC show. Our
blue Boston Terrier  was allowed to show, wasn't disqualified, and even received a placement along with a ribbon.
-In 2014 CFK founded "Breeder's Giving Back"-donating money from each litter produced to rescues of our own choosing. On December 31, 2015 we reached our goal of donating a
total of $10,000 over a two year span to hardworking rescue organizations.
-January 2016 CFK Champion titled the first ever blue brindle Boston Terrier puppy (Cypress' Love to Watch Her Strut-Arkyn) with the IABCA.
-January 2017 Cypress' Love to Watch Her Strut-Arkyn became the first modern day AKC conformation show pointed blue brindle Boston Terrier.
-April 2017 CFK Champion titled the first red brindle Boston Terrier adult with the IABCA
-April 2017 CFK Champion titled the first blue brindle Boston Terrier adult with the IABCA
-2017 CFK donated over $8,000 monetarily and via donated items for auction/raffle by rescues for the "Breeder's Giving Back" initiative. We hope to reach a goal of $20,000 donated by
the end of the 2019 year!
-April 2018 Krystin was sourced as the only American Boston Terrier breeder by Brazilian author Samia Malas for a Colored Boston Terrier information article for Brazil's equivalent to
America's Dog Fancy magazine, CAES & CIA. The article titled "Boston Terrier de todas as cores e para todos os gostos!" published in Issue 466, April 2018 is the first of it's kind being
the only published modern day article that offers historically accurate information in a tone that was not argumentative and biased. The article features quotes and photos supplied by
Krystin with permission as well as credit from the author.
-Due to health concerns resulting in a break from the conformation ring in 2018, we very much look forward to a hopefully triumphant return to the show ring in 2019!
About the Breeders
Linda Johansen & Krystin Johansen Weishiemer
December 23, 2016
Krystin married the love of her life, Jeff Weishiemer, and now resides on a picturesque 30 acre ranch also known
fondly by friends as "Boston Terrier Heaven" in Goliad, Texas. They have two children from Jeff's previous marriage.
Multiple daily hikes at the ranch totalling several acres keep smiles on their faces as well as their pups.
We are proud of our dogs and puppies and love to share them with the world. After all being lovers of
photography we can't help but take photos and videos daily of our most favorite subjects ever. Also, our most
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AKC/IABCA Boston Terrier exhibitor, breeder, and enthusiast
Photography by Marco Aleman of Fusion Fotography