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IS COBBERDOG JUST ANOTHER NAME FOR A LABRADOODLE?
When Will the Australian Cobberdog Stud Book Close?
Before the Stud Book can be closed there are technical requirements to be met, such as at least 500 individuals of generation F4 or above, to be assessed and judged on the consistency of their physical attributes and behaviours. The breed needs to have a wide genetic base on which to build future generations. The challenge is that fresh bloodlines introduced, must be genetically rich in specific traits unique to the breed. Otherwise there could be no consistency and generations of non-typey dogs would be produced which would at best slow down progress, or even halt it altogether.
The health and width of gene pools can be and often are, impacted by politics, differing views of what is the best path to take to get to the desired goals, differing views of what the desired goal/s should be, and numerous other variables. I believe that the best way forward for the next few years is to regularly back track to individuals who have proven to exert a positive influence regardless of the bloodlines they have been blended with. This will 'set' the desirable qualities of the ACD whilst at the same time weaving fresh blood into the tapestry whilst the open studbook still permits it, without losing the gains of past generations of work already put in by some breeders.
Postscript: In 2021 the MDBA refused my application to register Rutlands Lil Blossom, who is the result of my strictly regulated 3 year long program with my final infusion. The process used to assess my submission was to put it to popular vote to all MDBA registered breeders. The process is inherently flawed in my opinion because a large number of those, are people who have not bred a single litter of puppies of any breed yet, and therefore they are not qualified to have any input in such a major decision.
Rutlands Lil Blossom is a perfect example of everything the best Australian Cobberdog could be, in health testing, character, behaviors, conformation, and non shedding soft fleecy coat (DNA tested F/F). Her puppies will speak for themselves.