Cobbeagles A Very Good Question!
A VERY GOOD QUESTION! Cross Posted
Lisa Foster Hi Beverley, as a prospective ACD breeder Im suprised to see intentional crossing by a pivotol breeder of a cobberdog to another breed that was rejected by the mdba as a breed to be infused (please correct me if im wrong) . With the ACD as a breed in development I would have thought breeders would be doing everything to preserve the integrity of the breed to further the chances of the ACD becoming a recognised breed in its own right. Your thoughts Beverley Rutland Manners ?
Beverley Rutland Manners Hi Lisa Foster thanks for the question, it's a good one. To put it in perspective, it might help to remember that if I had not followed my hunches (combined with long experience) long before i ever approached the MDBA, the Australian Cobberdog as we know it today, would not exist. Some of my decisions were hotly criticized and still are in some circles, even though time has shown what an incredible breed has been developed because my vision never faltered and i stuck to my guns to follow my hunches.
Breeders don't make this widely known, but some of them struggle with hyperactivity especially in the smaller Cobberdogs they breed and I'm aware of this due to their prospective puppy buyers asking me if it's true that Miniature ACDs don't make good Therapy dogs. Their breeder/s have told them this!
When the "oopsy" litter was born, they had a bad start because they were not born with me, but with the owner of the Beagle mother. They came to me at about 8 weeks old, unsocialised to the extreme. I was literally amazed at how quickly they responded to proper care and love and because i'm a research freak, i decided to look deeper to understand why this could be.
My ego at first was happy to accept that the genetics of their Rutlands Australian Cobberdog sire had swamped those of the Beagle emotionally as well as physically, but i told Ego to be quiet and i kept searching for another reason. And I found it.