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 ( that is assuming that breeders have any goals) differing views of what the desired goal/s should be, and numerous other variables. My own (Beverley's) belief is 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 breeders.
Updated May 2021