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Peter and Yvonne Fox
Tony and Chris Burscough
|DAVID HYDE - NATTERJACK|
3. I always find it so difficult with puppy homes, it is a huge responsibility
selling to show homes as you never really know how a puppy will turn out
so I prefer to stick with pet homes.
4. The most important advice I would give to a new breeder is, Speak to people in the breed you admire, ask their advice, ask about their lines, go over as many dogs and puppies as you can and get to know what you like and what you don’t and don’t compromise.
5. I think it would have to be temperament health and construction but any way around would look right!
6. In a good brood bitch you need all three of the above, and a good amount of being a good mother, some bitches seeem to produce great puppies whoever they are mated too, I would say in choosing a good brood bitch again llok at the lines you like and take notice of the Dam rather than the Sire, as most people see a puppy they like and immediately look at who the sire is.
7. The ultimate show dog has to have outstanding construction and temperament and a huge dollop of ring presence. Several of our outstanding show dogs are not the best constructed but they commanded attention as soon as they stepped into the ring with their presence.
8. The secret of success is being able to produce the above!
9. Such a difficult task to choose three Beardies as it could change
every day depending on how i’m feeling about the breed!
10. My proudest moment is a toss up between winning the Bitch CC with homebred Ch Natterjack Natashka at the BCC champ show in 1990 in the largest entry we have ever had at a championship show in the UK 385 dogs made an entry of 554 and then the most thrilling that still gives me a smile is when the judge walked up to me and handed me Ch Malandex Xploits With Natterjack first CC from puppy and then a couple of weeks later to get the second one from puppy and then to make her up in junior and own the youngest champion the breed has ever had, yes that what pretty thrilling! and i’m not sure how I will ever top that or that feeling.
11. Maybe I will try and beat that record with one of her puppies!
12. The breed today compared to when I first owned the breed hasnt changed
a massive amount, the things I notice more than anything is the quality
in the ring.
|RUTH SCOTT - RAMBERHAY|
As far as children are concerned, visits obviously give ample opportunity to see how they behave with the dogs and puppies, but I never felt the need for hard and fast rules over ages etc.
4. Breeding a litter of puppies is a huge responsibility and should never, ever, be undertaken without careful thought and planning. I would say, to a new breeder, go to lots of shows/dog events, look at and evaluate for yourself any likely sires for your litter, talk to people who are experienced and whose knowledge you admire and trust, reassure yourself that your bitch is a suitable future Mum, find out about hip scoring, eye testing and all other relevant tests...actually the list is endless. Just remember, you never stop learning as a dog breeder, it is so important to understand that this is not something you can jump into believing you know all the answers....it just isn’t like that. Steep yourself in the world of Beardies, don’t just go to Shows to win a card and then go home – stay and watch other handlers, dogs from other bloodlines, and above all, ask questions and listen to other points of view.
5. Temperament first, health second, construction third (but I would be hoping for all three together, of course).
6. She must have a steady, unflappable temperament with no sign of nervousness.
She must be strongly made and in robust health with good test results...a
good eater who enjoys every morsel of her food, and has a real zest for
7. One that combines soundness and breed type, and one that really enjoys being in the ring and looks as if showing comes as second nature. If we’re lucky we get some like this, but not all dogs enjoy showing and I think it is unkind and unneccessary to force the reluctant ones to show.
8. Listen and learn. Aim to improve your stock with each generation.
Realise that success is a bonus and that perseverance and dedication are
essential qualities in the quest for it.
9. I am deliberately choosing three different dogs from the ones I chose
for “Judges’ Choice” in the Kennel Gazette a few years
ago...I think there is quality in depth in our breed and I can cast my
10. There have been many moments to cherish....perhaps top of the list would have to be winning a Res.CC at Crufts in 1997 with my lovely blue girl, Belle. But also high on the list is getting messages from people who have had puppies from me saying how wonderful they are!
11. Sadly, no more breeding or showing for me. And at the end of 2014 no more judging either. Anno Domini catches up with us all!!
12. There are fortunately many wonderful Beardies currently in the ring, showing that superlative balance and outline both standing and on the move. However, there are some aspects of the modern Beardie which give me cause for concern. The standard asks for a very specific length to height ratio, and too often we see short backed, almost cobby examples, totally alien to the essence of the Beardie. One of the most fundamental characteristics of the breed is that flowing, effortless gait emanating from the correct body proportions coupled with correct angulation fore and aft. Fronts nowadays seem to be more problematic than hindquarters; the short upper arm and steep shoulder giving rise to unacceptable, high stepping action. I have been concerned about these trends during recent opportunities to judge the breed. But....rose coloured spectacles or not, I still think the Beardie is the best breed in the world, on all counts, and I am proud to have been an unashamed fan from 1974 to the present day!
|ALTHEA RICHARDSON - CARAMAC|
9. There are many special dogs who have won many many honours in the
show ring. However if I can only name three it has to be Ch Brambledale
Balthazar who produced some wonderful prodigy.
10. My proudest moment – well my wins at shows are just wonderful BUT seeing how well my dogs interact with other dogs and humans on our walks is the best ever. We all know that feeling with our wonderful breed.
11. My future plans – well after 36 years of pure pleasure I am just going to enjoy the dogs I have.
|LYNN DUMBRELL - BETHLYNTEE|
4 - Learn as much about the breed as possible, including reading books. Find out about correct temperament, construction, and about the dogs in your dog's pedigree, so that when the time comes you have the knowledge to make your own decisions about which dog to use or which puppy to choose. Don’t confine your search for a suitable stud dog to the show ring; be prepared to look elsewhere. Being able to recognise the faults in your dog is also important. Listen to those around you whose knowledge and opinions you value, but in the end it should be your decision. Most importantly don't rush into anything!
5 - This is really an easy question to answer - 1st is temperament, 2nd is health and 3rd construction. No matter what you choose to do with your dog, without the first two construction is immaterial.
6 - Correct temperament, good health, construction and breed type
7 - When I judge Bearded Collies I am looking for a well-balanced dog of correct proportions, not overdone or exaggerated in any way and exhibiting the temperament called for in our standard. Movement is so important in a working breed, so when our standard calls for "minimum of effort " in the movement, that is exactly what I want to see. Put all that together with a lovely head and a "bright, enquiring" expression and a certain presence about them, then you will have what a Bearded Collie is about.
8 - Someone, a lot wiser than me said “you cannot command success, but you can at least be worthy of it". Learn all you can but first and foremost always put our breed first.
9 - My choice is based on the fact that I actually knew these dogs very well and in their own way the following three Beardies epitomise to me what our breed should be about and of course to their owners they were the greatest. First is Ch. Beardivale Village Gossip CDEx. I have chosen this dog because, as well as having the ideal temperament which made him a loyal companion to his owner, he was very successful in the show ring into his veteran years. Benjie still is the only show champion to earn a working trial qualification and he also was more than capable of working sheep; truly an all round Bearded Collie. My second choice would be Charncroft Caradoc as he was the sire of my first two Beardies, Beth and her sister Katie, who was to turn out to be my foundation bitch. Peter’s beautiful temperament and type he passed onto my two girls and which Katie then passed on to her offspring. Sunbree Sandy Trail has to be the final choice. I picked him as a stud dog for my Katie daughter, Sadie, because once again he exhibited all that I think of as a Bearded Collie; beautiful temperament, correct proportions, soundness and type. I was not disappointed, as the bitch I chose to keep was Meg who proved to be all that anyone could want.
10 - Making up my Meg (Ch. Bethlyntee Summer Breeze), because as well as being a show girl, she was indispensable when it came to working our cows, which she did on a regular basis.
11 - My future plans are quite simple really, since I don't have any plans to breed more litters, I will continue to do a few shows every year enjoying the company of my dogs and friends.
12 - There are, of course, some very good Beardies still to be found, but unfortunately there is a trend towards a short-legged variety. The length of leg should, at the very least, be equal to the depth of chest and ideally be slightly longer, i.e. 1 to 1:1. Without these important proportions you end up with dogs, that not only no longer resemble the breed, but would be incapable of doing the work for which they were originally bred. Lack of leg length, coupled with lack of forechest, straight fronts and over angulated hindquarters, produces a scurrying action, often accompanied by a bouncing movement, which is highly undesirable in our breed and does not equate to the “supple, smooth and long reaching, covering ground with minimum effort” called for in our standard. Another, and even more worrying trend, is the poor temperament which we are seeing more and more around the shows. Our standard is very clear on this one “steady, intelligent working dog, with no signs of nervousness or aggression”. Anything other than this is incorrect.
We need to step back and take a good, hard look at what is happening before it's too late.
|MAUREEN BETTS - PIPADENE|
4. If you're thinking of breeding remember, you get out what you put in. Know your bitch ( don't be kennel blind ) and choose your stud dog wisely. Seek as much information that you possibly can, such as what has been previously produced, health issues & top of my list temperament. Feed your bitch & resulting puppies really well and socialise your babes as much as you can.
5. This is a very difficult question as all three are extremely important. You need confirmation to be healthy and health to be happy, which hopefully supports good temperament. I wouldn't weight one higher than the other as all should be equally weighted when breeding.
6. A good brood bitch in my opinion should have all of the above and have a passion to rear her litter. The "mum" is so important in teaching her offspring good manners.
7. My ultimate show dog would be well constructed, true to the breed standard, bidable and with oodles of character to provide that " X factor".
8. I think the secret of success is always striving to maintain health, temperament & type whilst trying to improve your stock generation on generation. I believe that success is earned by hard work & perseverance & should never be taken for granted.
9. There have been many dogs over the years that I have greatly admired
but the three that I have picked on this occasion, have all the attributes
that for me, typify the bearded collie.
10. My proudest moment; well I'd like to cheat & have two! Judging bitches at Crufts in 2010 was such an honour. I had so many lovely dogs to assess, it was really special. However I really couldn't forget winning Best in Show at Birmingham City all breed championship show in1996, with my beloved Webster ( Ch Pipadene News Review), truly a moment that will live on with me forever.
11. My future plans - continue having fun. I have been exceptionally lucky to have been introduced to such a lovely breed & hope I will be able to continue showing, judging, training & occasionally breeding for a few more years yet.
12. Todays Beardie? - there are some really super Beardes around at present, with some really promising youngsters. However I do feel that we need to improve front angulation, in particular watch upper arm length, as there is still a lot of short stepping to be seen. Without a balanced reach & drive our beardies would have great difficulty in performing lengthy duties for which they were originally bred. Length & shape of rib is also something that we as breeders need to put some thought to.
|LIZ JAY - TALRAZ|
3. The hardest thing of all about being a breeder is finding the best
homes. Many enquirers fall at the first hurdle, when there seems to be
some spark missing, which is all down to "gut feeling" and other
intangibles. If I can't imagine being at least reasonably friendly with
any person for several years, then I prefer to back off, as good communication
is vital for the puppies' future wellbeing and therefore my continuing
peace of mind.
12. Sometimes I worry about them, as breed type is sometimes subtly "off"
and glamour has become confused with quality
|TONY AND CHRIS BURSCOUGH - KILFINAN|
|JUSTINE WALDRON-GREY - SNOWMEAD|
6. Temperament, health and construction are all important in a bitch - in the same order as above!
7. As well as breed type, movement and a character and temperament that loves being the show ring, the ultimate show dog for me has a 'je ne sais qoui' about them - I guess it is ring presence.
8. For me, success can be defined as breeding a consistent type, with super temperament. Success in the show ring is dependent on the judges, but being happy with the type of dog you are breeding is just as important. The unsung successes are all of the happy 'pet' owners whose Beardies live long happy lives.
9. I believe Ch Pepperland Lyric John at Potterdale had a huge influence on the breed through his show success and his progeny. Ch Potterdale Philosopher for the stamp he made through his offspring and Ch Orora's Frank for type and the lasting impression he has made on me for his ring presence.
10. My proudest moment has to be making Fagan (Ch Snowmead Sans Faute) into a Champion. The mating that he came from was one of my Mum's last wishes with the dogs. The icing on the cake was gaining Top Dog with him in 2003.
11. I hope to continue showing and enjoying my Beardies for many years to come!
12. I think that we still have the same variety of type in Beardies as we had 20 years ago. It would appear we have more health problems but whether this is because of more accurate diagnosis or a faster more fluent spread of information through the social media of Facebook etc I'm not sure. The relaxing of the pet passport rules allows for a larger population of Beardies to be available to us here in the UK and I find it interesting that in 2012 for the first time, we had more Beardies imported to the UK than where exported.
|GRAHAM ATKINS - SNIKKLES|
4. Have you got time to raise a litter, finding new homes can be a challenge, vetting people etc, talk to the breeder of your bitch is a good start as they know the breeding lines. And can possibly give advice on potential stud dog(s)
5. Temperament, Health, Construction
6. A good brood bitch again with all of the above, hopefully passing on her and the Sere’s good qualities.
7. The dog that ticks all the boxes (as a judge) or it shows that extra something when showing.
8. ( tough one) Research and Experience and time in ones field.
9. CH.PEPPERLAND LYRIC JOHN AT POTTERDALE, saw him as a youngster to Champion (offspring carried that quality line through and through)
CH.TAMEVALLEY EASTER SONG AT POTTERDALE, a bitch who I admired for along time all the qualities of a good beardie (we had a puppy from a repeat mating which produced T.Easter Song from Lyric John/Dutch Bonnet of Willowmead called Ch.TAMEVALLEY FOLK LYRIC)
CH. SUNBREE SORCERER, another who produced many quality puppies with a line you could see.
10. Honour of being asked to Judge Crufts (Dogs) and all our Beardies having a Stud Book number, home bred a Champion and that wonderful feeling gaining that magical third CC with a dog you have bred.
11. To breed sound healthy and lovable puppies and need that bit of luck to show one with that winning quality.
12. They have changed over 30+ years, coat seems to mature a lot earlier, construction still seems good there are points we must still watch but we must still breed for quality They are still healthy sound Beardies with eyes and hips being tested when old enough.
|PETER AND YVONNE FOX - BUSHBLADES|
3. We look for homes with sensible owners, where the dog will be very much part of the family and will be involved in family activities, whether the dog is sold for showing or as a pet. We like homes where they will take time to do something else with their dog, at least basic puppy foundation classes, but also Good Citizens, agility, flyball etc. as we know how much Beardies love to 'do things'. Families with very small children may not be ideal but we always like to meet any children, and parents who can not control their children will not be considered as potential owners! We wouldn't necessarily rule out someone who works full time, we have known many people with dogs who are at home all day but rarely walk their dogs or do anything with them and Peter and I both worked full time when we got Beth. We would, however, expect them to take time off when the puppy arrives and to have given thought to how they can make arrangements or alter their work schedule so that the dog isn't left alone for very long periods. Good quality time with a dog can be better than quantity! Finally new owners must be able to cope with the grooming requirements of a Bearded Collie.
4. Watch, listen and Learn!
Listen to the views of those who have been in the breed a good while,
achieved success and whose dogs you admire. Listen to various views, often
others will point out things that you had not considered and different
people will have slightly different priorities in assessing an animal
which is good! As you become more experienced you will learn which are
the best pieces of advice!
5. Temperament, health, construction - a dog with a poor temperament isn't going to stay healthy for long! Good construction is the icing on the cake
6. A good brood bitch should have a good temperament and no obvious health
problems (and in this we would include serious mouth faults). She should
be a sound example of the breed and of good type. We also believe a good
pedigree is important - some very good brood bitches have only had average
show careers but fulfil the criteria above and produce lovely pups.
7. One that enjoys showing for a start! The best constructed Beardie
in the world will not do well if it finds showing boring or overwhelming!
8. See 4! Plus perseverance and a big dollop of luck! We also believe that some people do have a natural eye for a dog and overall quality and balance and this coupled with a 'feel' for what dog will go with which bitch gives them a head start!
9. We wanted to pick dogs that we have seen and both agree on Ch Orora's
Frank - although he had more or less retired from showing when we met
him and we were very novice owners, his beautiful balance and movement
made a real impression and a template for our own Beardies. We don't remember
him as a big dog but he had great presence and was always immaculately
presented. To add to it all he produced some wonderful offspring and our
next choice is his daughter Ch Potterdale Classic at Moonhill. Again she
had retired from the showring but Brenda brought her to the Beardie Spectacular
to show in the Champions parade. A lovely bitch, again so well constructed
and presented but it was that elusive star quality and sheer ring presence
that really stood out and we could instantly understand why she had gone
BIS at Crufts. Always so in tune with her handler and loving every moment
in the limelight she also proved her worth as a brood bitch.
10. There have been lots of proud moments - from the e-mails and letters from people who have had a pet Beardie from us telling us how wonderful they are to making up our first Champion. However for Peter it was seeing Marco (Ch B. Transaction) winning his third CC and going BIS at the BCC Championship show - something we could have only dreamt about when we first started. For Yvonne it was seeing Joanne (Ch B Ready to Rejoice) getting her third CC and winning RBIS at NW&PB Championship show in 2012 - it is thrilling seeing someone else do well with a dog you have bred, especially when they themselves are relatively unknown.
11. Downsizing! We currently have 7 Beardies and they require plenty
of exercise and grooming - quite a commitment when Peter works away most
weeks and we are not getting any younger!
12. We still think that there are some quality Beardies being shown but
there is not the strength in numbers these days, inevitable when show
entries and puppies registered have steadily fallen year on year. It does
concern us that a lot of emphasis seems to be on having very young, early
maturing Beardies with big coats - often the leggy, raw pup or junior
will turn into a beautiful swan but a lot of people seem to expect puppies
to look (and behave) like miniature adults. We believe the Beardie should
be a fairly slow maturing breed - and worth waiting for!
Peter and Yvonne Fox
|DENISE ATKINS - LABOOSHAR|
5. Temperament to me far outweighs the other two as the majority of a litter goes to pet homes. Construction possibly next but is equal with the health and wellbeing of a dog and therefore every effort should be made for the animal to be hip scored and eye tested.
6. Maternal instinct obviously is a high priority but some bitches don't always have this the first time around until after a couple of days and then everything clicks into place. Health is definitely another important factor along with her attributes such as construction and temperament and no one should use a bitch for breeding that is below the breed standard.
7. I don't think the ultimate show dog actually exists. There are probably a few who come close but everything has a flaw of some sort.
Saying that I would still want a dog/bitch that looked like they could still do a days work which would call for the long lean animal that seems to have disappeared over the years.
8. Perseverance. A judge might not like your dog as a puppy but don't be put off as the ugly duckling could turn into a beautiful swan as I've seen in the ring over the years and top honours were awarded.
Take the rough with the smooth. You could win the ticket one day and be thrown out at the next show but that's just the judges opinion.At the end of the day just relax and enjoy it but work hard at keeping your dog fit and well.
9. My 3 dogs would be Ch.Brambledale Balthazar, Ch.Pepperland Lyric John at Potterdale and Ch.Osmart Black Thorn at Moonhill.Each of them have laid the roots to many of the kennels/breeders that are around giving us what we have today.
10 Making up our first home bred champion - Ch.Labooshar Lore Lord - he was such a gentleman both in the ring and out of it and proved to be similar at stud never rushing the ladies.
He was made up with tickets gained in Wales, England and finally Scotland with a BIS at a club show and retired at the age of 3 years with 5 CCs and 5 RCCs including one at Crufts.
11. At the moment I have no plans for further litters so my only thing is to enjoy having my beardies around in the future and occasionally judging them.
12. Today's beardies are a few steps away from the original so to speak but that is progress and as a breed we have to expect both improvements and setbacks.
Some time back we went through a stage where there was very little difference between the dogs and bitches both in height and length but this is slowly recovering with the odd exception now and again where you can't guess the sex without examining the animal. We need to keep the length in both sexes as a few on both sides are becoming square.
We also need to guard against loss of pigmentation which seems to be on the up at the moment possibly due to not examining the roots of a pedigree before using certain stud dogs which could also be why some of these are becoming infertile.
Apart from that I think the breed is in a healthy state and long may it reign.
|DON MOIR - WINARIA|
2. Beardies just get under your skin and become full members of the family. They’re all different but all the same and of course you end up with favourites. This might sound a little perverse, but when I was showing regularly on the Ch show circuit, I really enjoyed the early starts and driving down the motorway on a sunny weekend morning. Just you, your Beardie companion, loud music and Irn-Bru to drink. What’s not to like?
3. This is a very subjective issue and is difficult to get right. People’s behaviour when they arrive to see the pups was always closely watched by us and how they reacted to possibly wet Beardies jumping all over them. Beardies always made the best judges of prospective buyers. I remember one woman who came quite a distance to see pups in 1992 and proudly told us what an immaculate garden she had. Kiss it goodbye I told her. She didn’t get one.
4. The best advice I ever gave anyone was to be careful who they took advice from. People looking for guidance on breeding should always understand what the responsibilities will be. That can only be gained from speaking with established breeders that the prospective breeder respects.
5. It has to be temperament and health at the top as without them you’ve got nothing. Then you can worry about construction.
6. Firstly the 3 attributes above but also that a good brood needs to be one which is quite calm in most situations. Too nervous and that trait can be passed on to the pups. A bitch with distinctive type should be able to pass that on to the offspring and hopefully you want the same type from her puppies.
7. For me the ultimate show dog is the one that walks in the ring and you can’t take your eyes off it. Hopefully it can also move correctly as well and meet all the other requirements of the standard.
8. Success can be defined at many levels depending on what you, as an exhibitor, want to achieve. You may be happy to confine yourself to local shows and do well there or you may decide to go on the national circuit and aim high. So the secret of success, for me, is to be content with your own achievements.
9. For me the 3 greatest would be: Ch Orora’s Frank who was such a terrific mover and superb stud dog; Ch Potterdale Philospher a Frank son who was such a dominant stud that you could pick out his children in a crowd; and Ch Potterdale Classic of Moonhill (Frank again) who really had that something extra special when she walked into the ring and just shouted “look at me”. It’s a pity that only 3 are required here. I could go on a bit more!
10. In think that making up our first champion Winaria Wellwisher probably takes it although there were some other pretty good days too like the Crufts CC in 1992. Making up her daughter and granddaughter were very proud days and I really can’t overlook the Southern Counties Club Ch show in 1997 when we won the BCC and RBCC with Welltravelled and Wellwisher (daughter and mother). I also have to mention that in 1985, Misty won PGB at Crufts and Margaret still thinks that was our greatest day!
11. There are very few future plans as there will be no more Winaria Beardies. However I still enjoy judging very much and have a couple of big days to look forward to.
12. I have long felt that when people come into showing they are naturally heavily influenced by the big winners of that time and tend to look back at that period as a golden one. Unfortunately this tends to lead to the sort of comments that you hear like “Beardies are not as good as they used to be” and there may be some truth in that depending on your start time! However there are some very good quality Beardies around who still look the way that I think a Beardie should. When I went on the circuit in a big way, class sizes were huge in comparison with today. Having 30+ dogs in a class was not unusual and sometimes that would now account for almost half an entry. I remember PGB at Birmingham City in 1994 which had 47 dogs in it. However it’s not all a numbers game and quality in depth is very important for the future well being of the breed. I have found over the years that regardless of the size of entry, there are normally only a handful of exhibits that you would consider giving the CC to and if you are presented with a bigger choice then that’s a good day for a judge.
|SUZANNE MOORHOUSE - WILLOWMEAD|
10. Willowmead Perfect Lady winning the hat trick in consecutive years at Crufts of bitch C.C. with Ch Black Magic winning the dog C.C. for two of those years.
11. To make up Kayla and Alice, both on two C.C.s and five reserve C.C.s, after that I will take life a bit more gently???
12. Sadly I feel the dog we started breeding in the Fifties and Sixties is rarely seen these days. The dogs we see in the ring at the moment are so over trimmed, long backed and short legged, that I know I have seen the best of the Bearded Collie. We do still have enough of the correctly made dogs around to get the breed back to the correct shape, but the way things are going, we could easily have a very different dog to the ones I started out with in the showring.
|MARGARET HARKIN - CLAUDALLA|
2. I enjoy all the social activities with my beardies, whether it be showing, training, fun days, committee work and have many special memories of ‘Charity’ when she was a visiting ‘Pat Dog’ at our local hospital, she was the highlight of the week for many of the patients. My dogs give me great pleasure of being around the home and especially when I am feeling low they are always there to greet me with licks and cuddles. They are part of our family and have the same home comforts as us humans!!!
3. I have only bred a few litters as I find it difficult finding suitable homes for my puppies, I only breed when I want to keep a puppy. I would say the ideal owner would be someone who did their homework on the breed and knows the high maintenance involved with owing a Beardie, a caring and loving home is my prime importance, and ideally I prefer my puppies to go to homes where someone is around during the day as beardies thrive on human companionship.
4. I would advise any new breeder to think carefully before they decide to breed, it’s a huge responsibility and you need to have the time and patience to give the best to your bitch and puppies. Go to shows, fun days etc and talk to experienced breeders, your choice of stud dog is of prime importance and get to know all his good qualities before you make your decision. Feed your bitch on the best quality food you can afford, exercise is very important to keep her in good physical condition – if you feel it’s all too much for you then don’t breed.
5. I would say temperament first, followed by health and construction
6. A brood bitch should have all the qualities above, she should have a good appetite and be in prime body condition and have a sensible attitude towards rearing her puppies.
7. I like to see a well constructed and presented dog, (including clean teeth), with that melting beardie expression, a dog that can move effortlessly showing lots of character, be happy with showing and have that little bit of ‘charisma’ to catch the judge’s eye.
8. To be successful you need to work hard, never take anything for granted and remember you get back what you put in and maybe then you will have a little ‘luck’.
9. I have admired many great dogs over the years, however the three very special ones are, Ch Pepperland Lyric John at Potterdale, a true ambassador of the breed who excelled in movement and a most handsome dog of great breed type; Ch Kimrand Simon a great favourite of mine, I loved his head and expression, he was a true gentleman with a wonderful temperament and excelled in movement; and Ch Tamevalley Light’ning Storm, a most stunning girl who was one of my favourite all time bitches, and I was fortunate in having the pleasure of judging her and awarding her the CC when I judged at Leicester in 1992.
10. I have had many memorable wins and experiences over the years, topping the list must be judging bitches at Crufts in 2007 when my CC winner went on to win the group, following on the same year when my bitch Ch Claudalla Lady Tippins gained her title and BIS in a huge entry under the late Mrs Jenny Osborne at Bearded Collie Ch Show, and 2011 was a year to remember when I campaigned litter brother and sister to their title within 6 weeks of each other.
11. I plan to continue showing and enjoying my beardies, hopefully one more litter, I enjoy judging and being around my friends and hope this can also continue well into the future.
12. I feel we have many good Beardies in the ring today. I have noticed over the past few years that males seem to be getting smaller, in some cases if they were in a mixed class they could be mistaken for a bitch, tail carriage in some lines seem to be a problem as does light eyes, poor pigmentation and small teeth. There is a lot of bad movement creeping into the breed, this could result from lack of exercise or purely a badly constructed dog. Handling skills have vastly improved but what I don’t like to see is a dog strung up so tightly that he/she can barely breathe, a trend that is creeping into the breed. Showing our lovely breed is purely a hobby, let’s keep it that way, and remember the perfect dog has yet to be born!!
|PAULA BROOKS - FRAGLESTONE|
In 1993, one of our Beardie holidays took us all to Devon to stay with Una Cornthwaite at her beautiful Mill in Oakhampton…. She had a litter of puppies at the time which was fatal……. I expressed an interest in one of the pups. Una said she would let me know at the end of our stay if we were suitable owners or not! She would assess us with our Beardies during the week… very scary indeed! I had picked out a slate boy and thankfully when we went back to see them a couple of weeks later, Una agreed to let Dylan ‘Braddabrook Botzaris’ come to live with us. The show scene became a regular thing for us and Dylan became our first Champion.
2. The thing I love the most is to be at home with all the dogs doing whatever they want to do….. usually having a huge cuddle on the sofa, it’s the best feeling in the world…. A close equal is seeing them running free on a nice walk. I don’t mind them getting dirty or wet as long as they enjoy it…….. it’s what having a Beardie is all about.
3. As we started out with boys, it took as a while to consider breeding and buying a bitch. So our first young lady was ‘Fancy’ from the Bryonyhill kennel who joined us in 1995. Since then we have only had 4 litters. We have been very lucky with the homes found for our pups and not meaning to offend anyone, the perfect home will never exist…….I would rather keep them all which is why we don’t breed very often. All homes are different and luckily Beardies are very adaptable… the ideal would be someone who has experienced a Beardie before……
4. Firstly, do not rush into anything, take time to talk to and more importantly listen to as many other breeders as possible…. not just in Beardies. The temperament of the parents to me is utmost along with the health of mum, dad and any other known relatives. Research into how successful the relatives have been in producing well balanced, healthy puppies. Many people enjoy showing and winning with their Beardies, I am one of them but all Beardies should be pets first and foremost and this is the basis they should be sold. If they go on to do other things and be successful then that is a bonus. Stud dog owners should not be omitted from this question. The same process should be considered.
5. Simple…..Temperament, Health, Construction.
6. Assuming all of the above are positive, I would look for a bitch that comes from lines that are healthy and productive.
7. This is an interesting question as the obvious thing to say is that a dog should display ring presence, it has to look like it wants to be on show and that little bit more. Most people will have seen the 2013 Crufts Best in Show winner and knowing nothing about her breed, she captures you with her happy, ‘look at me’ stance….of course this is supported by her overall physical balance. Not all Beardies have that ‘showy’ trait, that is not what they were bred for and for me there is nothing more rewarding than watching a steady, sound, unexaggerated Beardie flow around the ring.
8. I do not believe that success just happens, not unless you are really lucky. Success must be to be able to maintain and/or breed happy, healthy and sound Beardies for yourself and/or others to enjoy…. As I have said before, Beardies are so adaptable and they are happy being involved in Agility, Working, Obedience, Fly ball, Heelwork to Music and showing. Whatever form of success I would imagine that someone has dedicated many hours and hard work into making it happen.
9. There are a number of Beardies that could be considered but three that always stick in my mind for being great examples are: Ch. Potterdale Classic at Moonhill…. having met her, she will never been forgotten, a personality plus with charisma that made her a very special lady. Two other Beardies that I loved for type are Ch. Breaksea Gothic for his overall unexaggeration and Ch. Beardievale Village Gossip for his sheer effortless movement.
10 I suppose you never forget your ‘first time’ experiences, the first RCC, I was so excited I thought I was going to be sick! then the first CC, again a feel sick moment, making up your first homebred Beardie, being proud of all Beardies that you have bred and so on…… but if I have to pick one, it has to be winning Best of Breed at Crufts in 1998 with Ch. Braddabrook Botzaris at Fraglestone… it was amazing…..
11. To try as much as possible to look outside the box for future breeding plans.
12. Everyone has their own interpretation of the Breed Standard which will influence the answers to this question. For a dog to be one of the ‘best’, it has to look like a Bearded Collie. We should all be looking for a lean active dog that could carry out the job it was intended to do. Sizes have always varied although the correct proportions these days are not so obvious.
When you look back at old videos and archive material, a lot of the old Beardies are not too dissimilar from the current ones… the overall balance of a dog is there and it is not a new thing that we have exaggeration in some…. Historically the number of Beardies entered at shows was so much higher and therefore the choice greater.
There are many quality Beardies around today, some of which are not always the top winning ones.
When I first was introduced to Beardies, many established breeders were happy to share their advice. It was suggested that in order to be successful and understand the breed, it was reasonable to expect to do a ‘ten year apprenticeship’. At the time this seemed ridiculous, we were doing quite well in the show ring and guessed it could only get better with practice. Now 25 years on, I can totally relate to their suggestion. I started judging after having Beardies for 10 years and I judged for 10 years at Open Show level before awarding CC’s. So in answering the question, it is not just about today’s Beardies but about how much today’s Beardie owners are aware of what a Beardie should be, it is worth doing the research if we want to keep this beautiful breed alive.
|BRYONY HARCOURT-BROWN - ORORA|
3. This is difficult because I don’t want to let this out in case people clock on to what to say to me! I do it on instinctive appeal I think, if I feel the person is kind and caring, that is what I ask of owners.
4. Well, don’t call yourself a breeder for one thing. Learn a lot and don’t believe any one person. Never assume you cannot learn more.
5. Health has to come first; if they aren’t healthy they aren’t
6. I never pick a bitch for being a brood bitch. I feel it is rather
a nasty term. All kept bitches should be well constructed, healthy and
sound, then if they have a litter they should be put to the right dog
for them. There should be no difference between girls kept for show and
those who may have a litter.I would like to talk about the keeping of
stud dogs, however. All keeping of dogs for show suggests they may be
used at stud and that the person using them may be unaware of their early
history. Before keeping a dog for show, therefore, it should have the
following basic attributes:
If you are never going to let him be used at stud you can obviously keep whatever you want.
7. Nice. (ref: Oxford English Dictionary)
9. Not really, but I can give a list of the dogs I consider to have been
the best and most memorable to me:
10. When Frank got a standing ovation as he moved in the ring at Crufts at the age of 14
11. I want to make lovely Beardies, the way they were when they were beautiful
12. They are much too heavily coated, too stuffy in neck, rather broad and coarse and not elegant or lithe. There is no flowing line to the majority of Beardies and they are now more built out of cubes, whereas they were built out of rectangles. Some of them are nice, overall they are not proper. It is a matter of desperate sadness to me that many of today’s exhibitors and indeed judges cannot even know what Beardies looked like in the 70’s and 80’s. They were so beautiful and it is almost lost.
|GLENDA O'CONNELL - ATHERLEIGH|
4. Have some experience in this breed before breeding your first litter. Its not something to be rushed into. Wait till you have observed many dogs, seen many litters and made some good friends in the breed. Take advice from people who own dogs you admire and have had success with their own breeding programmes. Wait till you have a bitch who has a lot to offer the breed and when the time comes, take advice from her breeder.
5. Temperament , I always say it’s not always your top winners you love the most. Health. Construction.
6. All of the above, of course. My ideal, I guess, is that she comes from a line of good producers on the dam’s side. That she has a certain type and quality about her and that long, easy, far reaching movement. Bitches like this will invariably produce something special.
7. One that not only has super type, construction, movement and coat, but has a real love of being in the ring and would do anything for their handler/owner. That indefinable thing called charisma.
8. It’s no secret. It is just hard work and dedication, a certain single mindedness. It’s ensuring your dogs are superbly fit and well conditioned, that they are happy. Nothing comes easy and everyone has set backs and disappointments. Watch all the successful handlers. Have a good friend and mentor. Obtain the best dog/bitch you can, and, most importantly, learn to be critical of your bitch, or you will never improve what you have.
9. There are many great ones to choose from and, of course, I must confine my choices to dogs I have seen in the ring. Ch. Tamevalley Easter Song of Potterdale, a truly lovely bitch, I remember seeing her go BOB at Crufts as a veteran looking superb, she contributed so much to the breed from her numerous Ch . offspring. Ch. Potterdale Philosopher, a do of superb type, who put his stamp on his progeny. Ch. Potterdale Priviledge who, for me, brought the breed standard to life. Once seen never forgotten. Ch. Ororas Frank, for his stunning type and movement and his great contribution to the breed. Ch. Potterdale Classic of Moonhill for her sheer class and charisma, if ever a beardie was aptly named it was her.
10. There have been many, but right at the top is winning my first ever CC with Ch. Potterdale Phorget-me-Not from the post graduate class at the BCC Club Ch. Show. Winning both CC’s at Bournemouth with the litter mates Atherleigh Venus and Ch. Atherleigh Rufus. Doing the double again, in the same year, at LKA with Rufus and his half-sister Ch. Atherleigh Rainbows End. Seeing relatively inexperienced owners making up dogs bred at Atherleigh. Our Lucy (Ch. Atherleigh Over the Rainbow JW) being BCC and Dog World top brood in 2008.
11. To carry on enjoying showing my dogs and perhaps one more litter. Who knows what the future holds.
12. To see a correctly made Beardie, of superb type, flowing round the ring with that breath-taking, effortless movement that sends tingles down your spine. Are there any around today? Yes, there are, but, sadly, they are few and far between, which, I suppose comes with smaller entries. Beardies don’t seem to be the extrovert characters they used to be in the ring. I guess some are just not allowed to show it.
|LINDA PEIRSON - KILTONDALE|
4. The advice I would give to a new breeder is, don’t rush to the first dog you like, just because it is a super colour or has the darkest eye, doesn’t mean that your puppies will have the same. Every pup has 2 parents that will contribute to the makeup of your litter, ask the stud dog owner about previous litters and look at the bitch he was mated to. Just because he sired dark puppies to Mrs X’S bitch doesn’t mean he will to your bitch. Ask to examine the dog and then his owner may want to know about your bitch, if they don’t already and her pedigree for sure as some lines do get close and isn’t a good idea to do these mating’s. We are lucky in the fact that we have so many information sources available for people to do their homework before mating’s are considered.
5. Temperament, Health and Construction. As the majority of my puppies will go off to be family pets, the temperament is paramount to fulfil the requirement of the family. Health, well I wouldn’t knowingly breed from any of my dogs if I knew they had a health problem but you want your dogs to live a long and happy life and if the construction is wrong, then it doesn’t make it a bad pet, just loved by its owners.
6. A great show bitch doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a great brood bitch. I look at my bitches and look at what I would like to improve on but never would breed from a bitch that didn’t meet my expectations in the show ring, then I look at puppies and who their sires are, would this dog suit my bitches? I have this philosophy when deciding on a sire for my litter, try it, you may not like what you get but it is a learning curve as a breeder and if you do like it, then think what you would have missed out on.
7. The ultimate show dog is one of breed type that can display an air of showmanship, with a great outline, one that moves with little effort and displays a happy disposition.
8. The secret of success, is not to become complacent in what you do, consider your options and that of others too. Be supportive to your fellow beardie owners and never take what you do for granted. We all come across hurdles and you can never learn too much in whatever you do.
9. Over the years numerous beardies have taken my eye but the one who
I wished I could have taken home was, Always Blue at Ramberhay. I watched
‘Belle’ from a puppy and not long after many CC’s followed.
Belle just flowed in her outline from nose to tail and moved with such
grace, a truly special beardie.
10. My proudest moment has to have been the day my CH & IRCH Kiltondale Mcauley won the Pastoral Group at Leeds Championship show. The breed judge on the day was Mr J Bishpam and the group judge, a breed judge, Mr S Hall. I was so proud of Mac that day, the way he used to play-up o the crowd as they clapped for him as he went round the ring, he knew he was special.
11. I strive to keep the breed healthy and happy and in my future plans I hope to do this, showing is a hobby and any award is a bonus, the beardie is a wonderful breed and deserves to stay this way.
12. I think that the beardie of today can follow trends, I have seen dogs up to size then 3 years down the line, new dogs that are 2 inches smaller and I do believe that some winners can make a trend for the future when people are choosing a puppy or a stud dog. A beardie moving with a long effortless stride, with a balanced outline, a flowing coat and daylight under the body is divine. Square with long legs or too long with short legs is not what the standard requires and should be watched in the future.
|JACKIE JAMES - CHARNCROFT|
2. I enjoy spending time with my dogs, going for long walks and taking them to obedience and agility classes. I also enjoy showing the dogs, win or lose, and it’s a chance to meet up with my doggie friends.
3. This is the worst part of breeding a litter. I always insist on future owners paying at least one visit before they actually have the puppy. I can then ask them why they chose a Beardie and if they are aware of what owning a Beardie entails. If they have children I also ask them to bring them along, so that I can have some idea of how the children react to the dogs. If I think they are suitable I tell them that there will be a puppy available of the sex that they want, but I do not let them choose the actual puppy, as this has led to problems. By the time they are ready to leave I have some idea of the temperament of each puppy and try to match the puppy with the new owner. It is not always the case that previous Beardie owners do not need vetting. I have had two instances where they had previously had puppies from me and they have come back for another after losing them in old age. Unfortunately, although they had no problems with their first puppies, unbeknown to me, their circumstances had changed in the fifteen or sixteen years since then. In both cases they were returned, one at 14 months and one at 12 months of age. Both dogs had been loved and well cared for, but their owners just could not cope, one had separation anxiety and the other was just too boisterous for her owner. After a spell of retraining they were both successfully rehomed. I always tell new puppy owners to let me know if they have any problems, however small, and I am always prepared to have a dog back, whatever their age.
4. Take time to study the breed, take advice, look at pedigrees and the dogs in the show ring and decide what you like.
5. Without a doubt, temperament, health and construction. As most puppies that you have will be going to live as pets temperament is very important.
6. A brood bitch should have a steady calm temperament, have been hip scored and be free from any obvious health problems. I would avoid breeding from her if she has any faults that might be hereditary, such as a high hip score or an incorrect mouth. She should not be a fussy feeder and should have regular and normal seasons. It helps if she comes from a line of good brood bitches.
7. One that fits the breed standard as closely as possible, with an excellent temperament and free flowing movement. It should also have that special charisma that makes it a show dog.
8. Look, learn and be patient. Do not give up and try to view your dog honestly and be aware of your dog’s faults and virtues.
9. This is quite hard to restrict it to just three, but I would have
to choose Ch. Osmart Bonnie Braid who was one of the leading stud dogs
and had a big influence on the breed.
10. I think it has to be two moments, both at Crufts. The first was in 1973 when I won my first CC at Crufts with Ch. Charncroft Cassandra. The dog ticket and BOB went to Ch. Edenborough Blue Bracken. At the time Cassandra had been mated to Blue Bracken, resulting in my successful ‘Country’ litter.The next occasion was in 1996 when I had the honour to judge at Crufts and had a wonderful entry of 175 bitches.
11. After 50 years in the breed I do not plan to keep any more dogs, as at present as I have nine dogs, five Border Terriers, three Beardies and a Springer Spaniel. I have not accepted any future judging engagements. I will still be attending a few shows with my youngster and I may possibly have one more litter, as I am often asked for puppies, but we shall have to see.
12. There is not the same depth of quality in today’s dogs. This might be due to the low entries that we are getting at the shows. It is sad to see so few puppies being shown, as these are the dogs of the future. I remember quality puppy classes of 35 or more entries, and it was quite an achievement to qualify for Crufts. Nowadays, it seems lot easier to qualify. Perhaps there is a case for having a grading system similar to the one they have on the continent. A lot of today’s dogs seem to have exaggerated movement, lacking in front extension and a kick back with the hind movement. This can look quite stylish, but is not correct. A dog should have smooth long reaching movement with a minimum of effort. I do not like to see trimming and I do like to see some animation, especially in the young dogs. Pigment seems to be a bit of a problem. On the positive side we do still have some really nice dogs being shown that are a credit to the breed.
|DENISE BARLEY - RUNIVAL|
used widely by well-known breeders he will give you a litter full of top quality pups. There is a tendency to follow the herd when choosing studs (which I have also done more than once) but it takes two to tango – the sire needs to complement the dam.
5. There was a time when I assumed that good temperament came automatically so I didn’t think about it, but looking back I see that I was blessed with particularly sweet beardies at that time. I learned my lesson with later generations! Health was always something I worried about, since my very first litter produced a bitch that died young from Addisons, so I abandoned that breeding line and started again. Good construction, of course, is what we all hope for, but such is the random nature of inheritance that even the most wonderfully constructed parents can throw a litter full of very average body shapes. The important thing is to choose the right pup! So can I rank them in order? Not really - they are all important. But I probably worry about temperament first these days.
6. For a good brood bitch you look for easy whelping, good mothering, a calm and loving nature ... the usual stuff. I hate to hear of bitches being bred from ‘to give her more confidence’ or ‘to calm her down’. But everyone makes their own decisions – there are several famous brood bitches that would never have been permitted to have a litter if they’d been mine, for reasons of temperament or health, meaning some very successful breeding lines would never have come into being. Just as well I wasn’t in charge of the breeding programme then, eh....
7. The ‘ultimate show dog’? I don’t really know what this means. They are all individuals. But of course for the showring you hope for a combination of outstanding construction, soundness, attractive coat, steady outgoing temperament and good health ... and then lots and lots of luck!
8. Define ‘success’? But whatever it is you view as success, it will need hard work, dedication, luck and a very good dog.
9. The first Beardie to really impress me, in the 70’s, was Pure Magic of Willowmead. I loved his length of body and stride, his handsome head, his moderate coat. Pepperland Lyric John at Potterdale was the next star, for me – such a magnificent brown, full of life and love. He sired my third favourite – Potterdale Privilege, who I thought as close to perfection as one could get in a Beardie.
10. You might think my proudest moment was when Bob won Best of Breed at Crufts in 1985, but I was so astonished - and subsequently so hurt by some unpleasant comments that came my way – that it didn’t go down as a memorable occasion for me. Winning Best in Show at a Beardie club Ch show makes me very proud, and I’ve been lucky enough to do so three times: with Ch Potterdale Elegance at Nebcol, with Ch Runival Dream of Peace at EBCA and again at EBCA with Lochbarra Moonwalker. Probably though, my proudest moment was when Bob won the CD stake at his second Working Trial in 1983 and qualified CDEx, beating police dogs and experienced Trials handlers. That was a real ‘Yay!’ moment.
11. Future plans? These words aren’t in my vocabulary – like my dogs, I live for today. I hope to always have a beardie living with me that descends from dear Kiri and to always be able to engage with the dog world, for that has been my life, and without Beardies I don’t know who I am.
12. Today’s Beardies... There are plenty of good ones around, although they don’t necessarily always win, especially under all-rounders. There are fewer with nervous temperaments than I remember in the 70’s, and we seem to have come through the worst of the overshot mouths and loose fronts. Pigmentation is much improved after being largely ignored for a couple of decades. These sorts of trends are usually tied to over-use of a particular stud dog and eventually the world moves on and people find another dog to correct that fault, meanwhile setting in train a new problem. With the wider variety of studs being used now, because of the worry about inbreeding, perhaps we shall see less of these ‘fashions’. But how we can get the all-rounders to understand that a really typical Beardie is a LONG dog that doesn’t kick up at the rear, has a very particular shape of ribcage and doesn’t need a big white collar as a seal of quality ... well, will we ever manage that?
|ANGELA PEDDER - CALDERMIST|
3. We have only ever planned a litter when we want to keep a puppy ourselves and always wish we could keep them all! Deciding on the best homes has, for me, to be the most difficult part of breeding. I do however consider it a two-way process, and so I expect to be asked as many questions as I ask of a potential owner. However, despite some well crafted responses (I think most of the UK must “work from home”!), I have ultimately learned to listen to my gut instincts. We have been fortunate that every single owner of our puppies from the few litters we have had has kept their promise to stay in touch with some returning for a second puppy – such a great compliment.
4. Do not rush into breeding. Take time to educate yourself as much as possible. Be prepared to watch, listen, read, learn and take advice from those more experienced and from those whose knowledge you trust and respect. Seeking practical support from an experienced and willing ‘mentor’ can certainly provide welcome reassurance when embarking on that exciting first litter.
5. I don’t consider that any of these important traits can be divorced, as I believe they are all synonymous, with each having the potential to impact on the other.
6. A Beardie girl who possesses the qualities and attributes to make an effective and positive contribution to the Breed. Health, soundness in temperament and conformation and the physical and psychological ability and aptitude to mate, conceive and whelp naturally. Also an instinctive knowledge and nurturing approach to rearing her puppies with limited need for human intervention.
7. A fit, well balanced dog which mirrors the Breed Standard with nothing exaggerated or overdone. A fluid, effortless mover reflecting all the essentials to do the job for which they were bred, all topped off with a touch of that indefinable ‘je ne sais quoi’ or charismatic presence which simply commands attention.
8. It depends in what context success is to be measured.
9. This is a difficult one as there have been so many Beardies I have
admired and appreciated over the years and who have, without question,
earned a memorable place in the Beardie Archives whether it be as influential
Dams or Sires, as outstanding show dogs or excelling in their chosen disciplines.
Subsequently, my choices are purely self indulgent so:
10. I have been lucky enough to share many proud moments both in and
out of the show ring, so another difficult question. I am very proud of
the Beardies we have bred and the joy they bring to their owners.
11. To continue enjoying the company of our Beardies for many years to come and continue taking every opportunity to increase my knowledge and understanding of this very special breed which crept into my heart all those years ago and simply refused to leave.
12. There are still several Beardies which fit my ideal in the ring today, but with each show I attend, I do admit to becoming increasingly concerned about long low or tall, square Beardies of incorrect proportions and untypical head patterns. My other cause for concern is that the gender of some Beardies is not always as obvious as it should be! The health profile of the breed has been in the spotlight in recent years and the debates that have subsequently emerged will no doubt continue for some time to come. However, maintaining the future health of the Bearded Collie is indeed firmly in the hands of us all and we need to do all we can to ensure that as their guardians, we leave this beautiful breed as good, if not better than we found it.
|JANET WOOD - PEPPERJAY|
I was smitten and we were hooked. Jason’s breeder never attended another show, but this was just the beginning for me. Even though we didn’t have our own dog to show for some years, I attended most shows with Maureen and helped with showing some of the Tamevalley girls and in 1987 we started showing our own lovely brown girl Tamevalley Karibou.
I have bred only one litter and this produced Ch Pepperjay Always ‘n’ Forever, it was so hard to say goodbye to the other 7 puppies, that I realised breeding wasn’t for me, however we may decide to have a litter soon, as we need a new puppy at Pepperjay.
2. I love to watch our dogs playing and running together, the walks we have, the hugs and kisses they give and of course, the social life and many friends they have bought us.
3. As I said earlier, we have only had one litter, I loved the experience
of having the litter and looking after them, but finding the right homes
was the hard part. We were lucky that some lovely people wanted our dogs,
we kept in touch with all except one family, the puppies are all gone
now but our friendships still go on.
5. I hear breeders say they breed for temperament, but really all three are very important, I believe you should not be breeding dogs that you do not believe excel in all three.
6. As above.
7. A dog that is near to the breed standard as possible, who enjoys the show ring and is a natural showman.
8. I don’t have an answer to this, but I would say, you only get back what you put in.
9. There are so many dogs that I have admired over the years but if I have only to choose three they would have to be Ch Potterdale Conclusion for his character and the qualities he passed on to his many offspings. Ch Potterdale Classic of Moonhill a wonderful ambassador for the breed and a worthy winner of Best in Show at Crufts 1989. But then I’m sorry, I couldn’t choose between the next two Ch Pipadene Camio and Ch Diotima Dream Baby both these girls stopped me in my tracks when they were in the ring I loved them both, super quality bitches.
10. I had many proud moments handling Maureens girls Ch Tamevalley Lightning Storm and Ch Tamevalley Manhatten Mist, but I must admit it was a magical moment when my own little girl Ch Pepperjay Always ‘n’ forever from our only litter, won her 3rd CC and Best in Show under Jackie James at the Bearded Collie Club of Scotland Championship show.
11. To continue enjoying our Beardies. We may decide to breed our second litter now I’m looking to retire, but it would only be to keep a puppy to enable us to continue showing.
12.I think we have just as many quality dogs around today, but I do feel we hear of more health problems than we used to, especially when it comes to natural matings. I am concerned that dogs are getting smaller, and that they appear to be longer due to shorter legs. I appreciate we all have our opinions and its always interesting to listen to other peoples views.
|SUE NICHOLLS-WARD- BUMBLERIDGE|
puppy I would say that they could come to visit & meet the adult dogs but would not guarantee that they could see or book a puppy. If the prospective new owners could convince me that the dog could be part of the majority of their lives then I might let them see the puppies. We want to be able to treat the new owners as friends who keep in touch. I think this is down to my ‘gut feeling’ about the people & how they respond to me. One of our doggie friends once told me that he had had some pretty high powdered job interviews but they were child’s play compared to convincing me that they were suitable to have one of my puppies!!!
4. Be honest with yourself & don’t become kennel blind. You should always want to improve on what you have so it is important that you honestly recognise the areas that need improvement. Ensure that you have carried out all the health screen that should be done then talk to the breeder of your girl & ask for advice on a suitable stud dog(s) and if possible look at litters that have been sired by any potential dog. Before I had my second litter I kept speaking to the breeder of my girl asking what she thought about a certain dog. For a number of dogs she made comments but then when the comment ‘that could be nice’ came back I settled on Ch. Charncroft Corinth which produced Andromeda & Moonmaiden.
5. Temperament must always be first as the dogs must be nice people to live with. Health & construction somewhat go hand in hand. A healthy dog is a happy dog but the construction of the dog will have a serious impact on their health. So health followed very closely by construction
6. A bitch that meets all aspects of 5 & whose pedigree hasn’t got any known problems in her ancestors
7. The one who the minute they walk in the ring demands your attention with an expression that melts your heart, doesn’t disappoint when you go over them & effortlessly flows round the ring, covering plenty of ground.
8. Patience & learning which should help you understand how things work. You need to understand that not all lines mix well so research the history of your line to help you move forward. The more time you invest, the better the pay back.
9. I found this question very difficult as there have been a lot of Beardies I have greatly admired. My first must be Brambledale Balthazer as he was closely related to my first girl; he was such a gentleman with a wonderful temperament. Ch. Tamevalley Easter Song of Potterdale always looked the show girl with movement to die for & mother to the only beardie to win Crufts. I must also include Winston – Ch. Pepperland Lyric John at Potterdale who I watched being shown by Mike, just demanding that I did not take my eyes of him; I was total stunned by his ring present & depth of colour of his brown coat.
10. Being successful in the show ring always makes me feel proud. Awarding
CCs for the first time at Leicester 1991 was great moment which eventually
led to the receipt of the letter from the kennel club in November 2003
asking me to judge Crufts in 2008.
11. To continue to enjoy life with the Beardies, having fun in everything we do.
12. I think some of today’s Beardies need to compare themselves against our breed standard & ask could I stand up in the ring to some of the past Beardies. We still have some lovely, well constructed Beardies but some don’t quite make the grade. Breeders need to go back to basics & decide what they need to improve on; then look for a dog that has that in abundance. Don’t just use the latest fashion in a stud dog or use a dog just because you know will get a mating, use the dog that is best for your girl.
|BARBARA WALKER-SMITH - BRIARIDGE|
7. A superbly moving dog who can look the judge in the eye and say "Now put me up"
8. Not to become kennel blind.
9. Willowmead Mignonette of Orora, Pepperland Lyric John of Potterdale
and Tamevallety Easter Song of Potterdale they laid the foundation of
so many lovely Beardies.
11. None age has caught up with me.