ShowSight Presents The Australian Cattle Dog

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AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG

1. Where do you live? What do you do “outside” of dogs? 2. How many years in the ACD? Showing? Judging? Breeding? 3. What, in your opinion, is the secret to a successful breeding program? 4. What do you feel is the condition of the the ACD breed today? Pros and Cons? 5. What do you feel breeders need to concentrate on to improve the quality of the ACD? 6. How do you keep up with a dog this smart and active? 7. Is the ACD an easy whelper or do you encounter any special problems? 8. What is your favorite dog show memory? 9. Is there anything else you’ d like to share about the breed? Please elaborate. PATTI SALLADAY

Marketing and Sales director. In addition I am a Certified Small ani- mal Nutritionist and Certified Canine Fitness Instructor spending time teaching classes and giving seminars in training canine fitness and nutrition. I have been involved with the Australian Cattle dog for 40+ years—36 of which are with AKC. I breed on a limited basis and have been active in Conformation, education and other dog sport. I have had the honor of judging Sweepstakes at the ACDCA National Specialty and several Regional Specialties. I currently work for a pet food company, so I cannot apply for my judges license but as soon as I retire, I plan on applying. The secret to a successful breeding program is patience, perse- verance and hard work. 40+ years and I am still working at improv- ing my breeding program. The current condition of the breed: I feel the type is level, front assembly are a bit shaky and lacking—which in turn affects move- ment, neck, head carriage and topline. This is a working dog and should have effortless movement, covering the most amount of ground with the least amount of effort. I feel breeders need to concentrate on quality—not quantity. Be selective and honest with your litter evaluation. Not all puppies are show quality. It’s tough to live with dogs that are smarter than you and con- tinually challenge your creative ability to keep them busy. We live in suburban, Oregon so we get by working out on with Fit paws routines and playing ball. Is the ACD an easy whelper? I have not encountered any whelp- ing issues, but health and fitness of a bitch in whelp is crucial. My favorite dog show memory: I have so many. I have enjoyed my dogs so much over the years but watching new owners and pup- pies that you have produced achieve titles and accomplishments is the best! The Australian Cattle Dog is an incredibly smart, loyal, chal- lenging breed. If you are interested in getting an ACD, do your research—meet several breeders, go to dog shows and get the educa- tion before you buy. Check with the Australian Cattle dog Club of America for breeder referral and education opportunities available. LYNDAWHITE I got my first Austra-

Patti has loved and lived with cattle dogs since 1975 beginning with National Stock Dogs and Joining AKC in 1980. She is a member of the Austra- lian Cattle Dog Club of America, current Chair- man of the ACDCA Stan- dard and Judges Education committee, member of the Cascade Australian Cattle Dog Club, a Code of Eth- ics breeder, Dog Fanciers of Oregon and are recog- nized as a Breeder of Merit with the American Kennel

Club. She is active in AKC conformation shows and working and have fun in other dog sports. Currently (2018)—I am breeder of three of our Top 20 ACD’s and are loved and owned by two of them. Catchpen is also proud to be breeder of ACDCA National Specialty—2018 Grand Sweepstakes and breeder of the winner of this year’s prestigious award—High In Trial Cattle. Along with her love for the Australian Cattle Dog, nutrition, health and fitness is a vital part to having great dogs. Patti is a Cer- tified Canine Nutritionist and Certified Canine Fitness Instructor. Along with working for Northwest Naturals, she has FITPAWS classes in her studio located in Vancouver, Washington hosting classes for puppies to senior from show dogs, competition dogs and family pets. Dogs love to learn, and especially those that compete in any type of sport are athletes and should be treated accordingly. Proper nutrition and exercise are vital for any canine athlete to keep them sound in Mind, Body and Spirit. My husband Michael and I currently reside with three ACD’s and one naughty Pug! I live in Portland, Oregon. Outside of showing dogs, I work for Northwest Naturals, a Raw Pet Food Company as the

lian Cattle Dog in 1987, a bitch that I showed to her championship. I have had two national spe- cialty winners, as well as a national herding high in trial. I am a founding member of the Austra- lian Cattle Dog Club of Greater Los Angeles and a member of the Austra- lian Cattle Dog Club of America for over 30 years. I live in a small town below Kings Canyon

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