OF THE AUSTRALIAN COBBEAGLE
By Beverley Rutland-Manners
If you know the history of the Australian Cobberdog, you'll already know that I always had a sound, carefully researched reason for each infusion I carried out during the Cobberdog's breed development plan and that of the Australian Labradoodle before it. The timing of any infusion was also critical, because an infusion is used to regulate and strengthen the genes responsible for weaknesses which are starting to appear in the developing breed. It's not only about fresh blood.
When that first 'oopsy' mating happened with our friend's Beagle and pure Australian Cobberdog Jasper, (Rutlands Lil Deacon), at first I thought it was merely an accident. But When I saw the puppies and how consistent they were, and noticed when I interacted with them, how mellow they were, and so unlike a Beagle in behavior, my mind started to tick over. drawing on the experiences accumulated over 60 years of dog breeding.
It so happened, that in previous months prior to the accidental mating, I'd been inundated with messages from people I'd never heard of before, asking me the same question! "Was it true (as they'd been told by breeders) that Miniature and small Cobberdogs weren't suitable as Therapy dogs because of their highly strung excitable nature?"
There were too many to ignore. If it was indeed true, something needed to be done about it. You can read the full story of what happened next on the Origin pages of this website.
So basically, this has been the long way around, to say that the breed characteristics of the Cobbeagle are identical to those of the Australian Cobberdog, with an extra dose of chilled mellow nature thrown in, to create a strong influence of Therapy excellence in the smaller sizes. Has the ideal been realized? You betcha!