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 by how quickly they responded to proper care 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.
Finally it dawned on me. The reason the Beagle breed is used in laboratory experiments (aggghhhh) is because of their placid accepting nature, which makes them easier to manage. It also reduces the stress that other breeds would have and stress could interfere with the results of the laboratory's work.
So i began to wonder if this accidental mating could have happened for a reason, to get me thinking. I'd hoped to work very closely with MDBA every inch of the way, but when they refused me outright I was left to either abandon my strong hunch, or to go it alone. I do NOT advocate random crossing of ACD and Beagle, no, not at all! But Clara is not your typical Beagle, and my Rutlands genetic base is strong and healthy.
Now is the time to work on this while the ACD Stud Book is still open but the MDBA's refusal has made it necessary to call these dogs a different name. I believe that time will show that MDBA has missed the opportunity to embrace brand new fresh bloodlines tested and true into the Australian Cobberdog - a calming influence - especially the Miniatures and small Mediums.
The MDBA has accepted my Rutlands Cobbeagle infusion program and my Rutlands Cobbeagles will be registered as Australian Cobberdogs with MDBA pedigrees in a special new foundation register the "Preservation Foundation Register". Pedigrees are a different colour from the regular ones and these Australian Cobberdogs will be differentiated by the letter P in their registration number.