ShowSight Presents The Australian Cattle Dog

less about being there. Take pride, respect your dog and try your hardest. Regarding grooming. There seems to be a very worrying trend of showing dogs groomed to have an open coat. Whilst this looks appealing to the inexperienced judge or onlooker it is very far from correct. The ACD must have a tight, close, waterproof coat in order to survive and work in extremes of both hot and cold. A dog with the correct coat can go swim- ming for some time and still be dry underneath the topcoat. So please, when grooming, don’t fluff up the coat. The neck and breeches can be longer, fuller and look impressive, but the coat over the body should lie flat. 8. What previously campaigned ACDs come close to your ideal? Please explain. I believe that in order for a dog to be considered great it must not only exemplify true type but be able to reproduce its virtues in subsequent generations. For this reason, and without wanting to blow our own trumpet, we would have to say that our homebred dog Supreme Champion Tagetarl Fire In The Sky, ticks all the boxes. He not only closely aligns to the standard and moves with athleticism and power but his virtues have also been acknowledged by a vast number of both Australian and International judges, having won thirty-five Group Firsts, two Best in Shows and eight Best in Show Second. This dog also represented the state as the overall all-breeds winner at the national Top Dog finals. He is the sire of several gen- erations of Champions including BIS winners and he comes from a line of producing dogs behind him. So for us he is the complete package. ACDs are not considered a ‘glamour’ breed so to be able to compete with success on an all-breeds platform is an achievement for any ACD and we take our hats off to all those dogs and the breeders behind them who have been able to achieve this. 9. Do you have anything else to share? The term “moderate” throughout the standard does not refer to angulation it refers to the dog having no anatomical extremes and therefore being a moderate breed. The ACD is a well-angulated dog, the shoulders are well-laid and the stifle is well turned. These angles however should be in balance. A dog with balanced moderate angles is preferred to a dog that has well-laid shoulders but straight stifles or vice versa. In our personal experience, success for us has come from linebreeding and knowing our lines well. Too many neophyte breeders make the mistake of getting dogs from here, there and everywhere and hope or expect the lines to gel. This does not happen and if you are lucky enough to fluke one good dog then the chances are that, that dog will not go on to reproduce consistently. Breeding takes time, there are no shortcuts. Be your own worst critic and don’t breed with your heart, breed with your head. If the litter does not measure up then don’t keep any- thing. Our philosophy has always been that if there is nothing better than or at least equal to the parents then don’t retain

anything or you will not move forward. We were critical and did not keep a puppy until our fifth litter. This dog then went on to be a specialty and in show winner. Judges can’t be experts on every breed they judge. Some are more knowledgeable and more experienced than other. So don’t expect all judges to know the finer points of the ACD standard. Judges are looking for the big picture. So a dog that is presented well, shows good breed type and who moves correctly will always be given a look. JIM BUZZARD 1. Please tell us about your background in ACDs. Jim Buzzard has been breeding ACDs for over 50 years. Having come to know this breed in the early 60s as a young ranch hand working the cattle farms of Missouri where having a good Cattle dog to help you meant you got more work done with less effort, a good thing when it was a 100 degree summer day or the temps were in single digits with snow on the ground. Moving to Oklahoma in the mid 70s, Jim Buzzard fig- ured out early on that the more purebred his dogs were, the better they could accomplish the task as the Austra- lian Cattle Ranchers first developed them for. He quick- ly became committed to keeping bloodlines clean and watching breeding pairs as they matured for defects in structure or temperament. While at this time health testing as we know it was non-existent, Jim Buzzard developed and eye and a hand for what the Australian Cattle Dog should be. Early on, Jim saw the benefit of having a strong breed club as he was the 40th member of the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America, and was a member for over 30 years hold- ing many offices within the club. He also hosted the Cattle Dog National Specialty in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1988. When the AKC was developing the breed video for the Australian Cattle dog, it was Jim Buzzard who was called upon to go to New York to assist; as his desire was that the video represent the Cattle dog for its correct type in both body and mind. Jim always felt that education was paramount in keeping the ACD true to what the breed was intended for: a rancher’s tool that made the work on the cattle farm easier and safer. Jim Buzzard passed his love for the Cattle dog on to his family with 3 generations now involved in the breed. Along with himself, his daughter Theresa Buzzard-Couch was one of first AKC Breeder of Merit recipients and her son Colston Couch also had the passion passed onto him from his Papa Jim for the purebred Cattle dog as he became one of the youngest ever to become an AKC Breeder of Merit. Not feeling the Australian Cattle dog was a one-dimen- sional breed, as soon as they were accepted into the AKC; Three generations of Buzzard Cattle Dog breeders.


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