Origin of the Australian Cobbeagle (Pt 1)
by Beverley Rutland-Manners
I didn't find the Cobbeagle, the Cobbeagle found me.
Like so many other times in life there are things happen I think are accidents or a bad thing, which later on turn out to be blessings in disguise. The unplanned mating of pure bred beagle Clara, to pure Australian Cobberdog Rutlands Lil Deacon (Jasper) was one of these.
Once upon a time ... in a little countryside town in Australia there was a lady Beagle called Clara. One only had to look at her to know that she was highly bred and as pure as could be. But she didn't have the piece of paper she was entitled to have in order to compete in dog shows.
This didn't matter at all to Clara. She was no ordinary Beagle. She would much rather follow her master around and cuddle up to the children - any children, than go off hunting like other Beagles like to do. Clara was a lady. And she didn't like her pretty white paws to get dirty.
One day, Clara's master dropped her off at Rutlands Australian Cobberdogs, to be looked after while he went on holiday. While she was there, she had what dog breeders call a 'silent heat' which means that she feels romantic but without the usual physical signs to alert her humans. Fortunately this is fairly rare.
A very handsome chocolate Pure bred MDBA Registered Australian Cobberdog named Rutlands Lil Deacon (aka Jasper) was holidaying with us too. Jasper was fascinated by the beautiful Beagle and one sunny afternoon he sneaked into Clara's play yard and there in the dappled shade beneath the trees they honeymooned. 62 days later a litter of puppies was born . When they were 8 weeks old Clara's busy master brought all 7 puppies to me to finish raising. I was enchanted with these puppies and I kept a dear little girl I named Jedda because I couldn't resist her gentle sweet loving ways.
'Jedda' has earned the right to have the Cobberdogs' prefix (kennel name) 'Rutlands' in front of her name. Rutlands Jedda is half Beagle and half pure bred Australian Cobberdog, which is the first generation of the infusion. This is referred to as an F1. When her progeny are bred to another purebred Australian Cobberdog, the resulting progeny are the 2nd generation past the infusion of Beagle and are referred to as F2. When they are breeding true to the 4th generation (F4) they are considered to be Pure. Beagle is a one time only infusion just like the (IRISH ONLY) Soft Coated Wheaten was back in 2004.