Brood bitches past and present


Campaspe Sandy (Campaspe Bounce x Campaspe Joan)

Campaspe Sandy (Campaspe Bounce x Campaspe Joan)Sandy is from the last litter Bounce sired (or will sire), out of a very good bitch in Campaspe Joan. Sandy has inherited a lovely natural cast, natural pull, freedom of movement and driving instinct, along with lovely square break. She has more eye than Bounce or Joan (Bounce could have done with a little more), without any stickiness, and a very calm strong walk up force combined with very natural distance. Highly intelligent and very brainy in her work, with a nice smooth way of moving.

With some basic training, along with her natural cast, natural square break, natural driving instincts and lovely distance, her work almost gives the appearance of being a highly trained ISDS style dog at a young age, and yet she is doing it naturally.

A very easy bitch to work and train, as she is generally always doing the right thing at the right time.

Campaspe Sandy 6mths
Campaspe Sandy Pedigree

Campaspe Tammy (Campaspe King x Campaspe Maggie)

Tammy is one of my favourites. Exceptionally intelligent, biddable and loyal (a real “one man” dog), and yet also strong and independant, with loads of heart and stamina.

It has often been said of Yulong Russ that you could “see him thinking” and that is exactly how I would describe Tammy. It is uncanny how fast she figures out what I am trying to get her to do, when I haven’t really taken the time I should to teach it to her properly. All the Campaspe dogs are generally highly intelligent, but Tammy is in a whole other class, up there with Boho Misty in the outright intelligence/speed of learning department, and with Moorlands Tomie in the ‘brains’ department – Tammy has it all. And as outstanding as Tomie and Misty were, I think Tammy trumps them both for the outright ability to sum up a situation and decide on a course of action, rather than just reacting. You really can “see her thinking”.

Tammy has many of the “opposing traits” I look for in a top working dog. She will work very wide and break very wide on really wild sheep; out in the scrub sometimes she will be a good fifty or even a hundred metres back off her stock when they are wild and runny, and you might be forgiven for thinking she is a pure mustering/casting dog that might lack a little on the forcing side. But when force is needed she can put a great amount of pressure on stock; there is no shortage of force with Tammy.

That is the difficult thing in breeding – producing that combination of these seeming opposites (in fact there are experienced breeders who will tell you it simply isn’t possible). It is easy to breed a pure “yard dog” (lacking in much casting ability or tact or holding ability) or a pure casting/heading dog (generally lacking in force and drive), but breeding an all-round dog that understands both heading and driving, breaking and forcing, casting and working close, is vastly more difficult. Definitely not easy, but it certainly is possible. After 5 generations of Campaspe breeding, what I like so much about Tammy is her combination of exceptional natural casting ability and yet it comes with strong force; her fantastic heading instinct combined with natural driving ability; wide break yet naturally also will work close and force; very keen with great heart and yet very calm; biddable yet independant; and exceptionally intelligent. That is the type of dog for me.

She is without doubt one of the most natural casting dogs I have owned or seen – she is every bit as good as Moorlands Georgie or Moorlands Tomie, and could well be better than both of them. She also has (and has had from a young age) a very natural inclination to really understand (when out in the scrub and I am trying to direct her to where the sheep might be), which way I am suggesting. A wave of the arm and she is off in the right direction, and she amazed me when only a 6 month old pup by doing this without any real training in it. This is a valuable asset when mustering in rough, broken country, to be able to readily redirect a dog to various pockets of sheep. In all of the dogs I have had over the years I have never had another dog with this sort of uncanny understanding of what I am trying to communicate.

Of course, she is not perfect. As Sid used to say “there is no such thing as the perfect dog”. She could do with a bit more tact when forcing, as when she decides to force she tends to come in like a steam train, and would be better with a bit more leg under her. She does tend to force a bit too strongly and quickly.

Campaspe Tammy 5mths
Campaspe Tammy Pedigree

Campaspe Joan (Campaspe King x Campaspe Maggie)

Litter sister to Campaspe Tammy, Joan is another very brainy, natural mustering bitch. Very similar to Tammy in work, a very high quality bitch in her own right. For a while I did wonder whether they were identical twins, as they are so similar in work, temperament and looks, not the same but very similar. Tammy perhaps has more outright break (both square break and breakaway break, although this isn’t to detract from Joan – she is very good also), and a stronger desire to force than Joan.

Joan has bred a number of litters and is proving a very good brood bitch. Some high quality offspring including Campaspe Sandy (by Campaspe Bounce).

Campaspe Joan
Campaspe Joan Pedigree

Campaspe Maggie (Doige x Campaspe Kelly)

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After I managed to buy Campaspe Kelly back for breeding, I joined her to Doige, and Maggie is from this joining. Very similar breeding to Bella, only a lot younger; both are by Doige, out of sisters Kelly and Queen.

Maggie has bred some lovely pups to Campaspe King, with five crosses of Tomie, including two daughters I have retained for breeding Campaspe Tammy and Campaspe Joan.

Maggies is very strong and smooth, with unhesitating walk up force. She does remind me a bit of her grandsire Moorlands Blazing in her smooth way of moving and forcing.

Campapse Maggie pedigree


Campaspe Holly (Doige x Campaspe China)

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A long, leggy bitch with a double cross of Doige (grandfather x granddaughter). A smooth working, natural driving/balancing bitch with lots of scope about her work. She has a lovely way of working her sheep from behind (with a fantastic “natural pull” reminiscent of her grandsire Campaspe Bounce), and a big natural cast. (And of course she is a natural heading dog also – I won’t keep a dog that isn’t. Despite what some breeders argue, there is no such thing as a good dog that doesn’t head fully and completely. As Syd used to say “they must hit the head”.) Free moving with enough eye when needed.

She also has exceptional distance, which makes her a pleasure to work. She works a long way off her stock mostly, and pretty steadily letting them poke along quietly, but if they stop or need forcing she comes in freely without hesitation and without being asked. She does absolutely nothing more than is needed.

Holly is also a fantastic bitch at finding stock in rough country. She uses her nose extremely well, and will often zig zagaround until she picks up a scent, but generally she finds sheep amazingly quickly and easily. See video clip below.

Campaspe Holly in the scrub

Campaspe Holly Pedigree

Bella-CutCampaspe Bella (Doige x Campaspe Queen)

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Bella was a lovely bitch, black and white short haired, very natural with a great temperament, full of character and lots of brains. Shown here in the middle of rearing a litter of pups. Natural cast like her sire. Had two of the best, big casting, brainy, natural working dogs as sire and grandsire – by Les Hall’s exceptional hill country dog Doige, out of a Moorlands Tomie bitch. She was also very strong, with fantastic force. Very calm, deliberate, and intelligent force, with no hesitation.

Campaspe Bella pedigree


Campaspe China (Campaspe Bounce x Campapse Bella)

China is not a pup I would have kept based on looks! She was the runt of the litter, with a white face (which crop up in this line fairly regularly due to the influence of Yulong Russ). Black and white, short haired. However, as I started handling the litter as young pups, I noticed that her temperament was the best in the litter, but due to her smaller size and looks I still didn’t pay much attention. Then when the pups started working I had to sit up and take notice. She was very keen right from the start (which I always like in a dog – they must be keen), and showed lovely force and strength like her mother, with good cast, cover, block and hold, and break. Very natural. Good deliberate walk up force, a fair bit of eye and style. A nice bitch. Only small, but fast and athletic. China is the mother of Holly.

Campaspe China pedigree


Campaspe Kelly (Moorlands Tomie x Cullens Kirribilli)

Kelly is a tough, calm, hard-headed bitch (just the way I like them) by Tom. Sister to Chloe, Emma and Queen. Black and tan with very little white, short haired; similar in looks to her mother. I sold Kelly as a pup but bought her back in 2011 to breed from. She is the mother of Monmore Mist and Gina (see below), and also Campaspe Maggie and Ebby. For her first joining since coming back to me I joined her to Doige, and have retained two bitch pups and one dog pup, which are virtually the same breeding as Campaspe Bella. Bella was by Doige out of Campaspe Queen, and Queen was full sister to Kelly. This is the last litter I will get from Doige (he is quite an old dog now), unless by frozen AI.


Monmore Mist (Glendaloch Craig x Campaspe Kelly)

Monmore Mist

By Glendaloch Craig (who was by a UK blood dog out of a Tomie bitch), and out of a Tom bitch, Mist is part of the planned outcross to UK blood, the second generation removed, backcrossing into the Tomie blood. The main things I am looking for through this outcross are the exceptional tempermant traits which are very strong in the UK dogs (learn like lightening and exceptionally intelligent), and their minimal activity, direct walk in, and distance which some of them possess to a high degree. Unfortunately most UK dogs tend to lack much mob cover and tend to split sheep up rather than hold them together, lack breakaway break, and often are not natural casters (they will often cast long distances, but have to be taught how to do it properly).Quite often they bite badly also.The Tomie line (and the Yulong Russ blood dogs in general) are usually exceptional in both their short and mob cover, break, fantastic holding dogs, with great natural casts, but could often do with a bit more minimal activity. I knew that it would take at least until the 3rd generation after the outcross, back crossing into my line, to weed out the faults of the UK blood while trying to retain the good points, and that seems to have been the case. The first two generations were nothing special, producing a lot of fairly ordinary pups with many of the typical UK faults. I simply retained the best to breed back to my blood. The third generation is now on the ground (in the form of a litter out of Monmore Gina (Mist’s litter sister) by Campaspe Ring), with some promising results, and Mist’s litter also to Campaspe Ring. Mist is very keen and stylish, loyal and faithful, highly intelligent and learns like lightening, although a bit softer in temperament than I like. I named her after an early yellow-and-white bitch I owned, Boho Misty (Marlowe Clyde x Native Point Gwen). Misty had the most exceptional temperament of any dog I have owned, which I attributed to her imported blood coming in from a number of crosses of Glen 2nd (imported by Vern Sullivan who bred the ‘Lyster’ border collies). Mist also possesses the minimal activity, drive and distance from the UK outcross. In short, she possesses all the things I was looking for from the UK outcross, however she is bit on the soft side, more than I like. Hopefully she will breed some really highly quality pups when bred back into the Tomie blood.

Monmore Mist pedigree


Monmore Gina (Glendaloch Craig x Campaspe Kelly)

Monmore Mist’s younger sister, and mother of Campaspe King and Campaspe Mandy (photo) Gina is also part of the planned outcross to UK blood, the second generation removed, backcrossing into the Tomie blood. A different type of bitch to her sister, much tougher and more independant. Black and tan with only a touch of white. One of the things I liked about her as a pup was her combination of keeness yet calmness, which was one of the great qualities of Moorlands Tomie. Keen, with great heart, yet very calm, thinking work. Very keen dogs are often excitable and highly strung, while on the other hand quite a few calm workers can be a bit lacking in real keeness and heart. It is difficult to get, and to maintain, that combination of keeness, great heart, and calmness like Tom had, and this is what I really liked about Gina when she first started working. Also has the same high level of anticipation that Kirribilli had and bred into many of her descendants. Gina has thrown a bit more to the Yulong Russ side of things, whereas her sister Mist has thrown more to the UK. Gina does possess the great speed of learning and intelligence also.

Monmore Gina pedigree

 


Campaspe Chloe (Moorlands Tomie x Cullens Kirribilli)

Campaspe Chloe working border collie sheep dog bitchChloe reminds me a lot of Moorlands Georgie in her working style. Natural cast, plenty of balance, enough eye, good drive, steady but fast when needed, a high level of cover, good break, calm and intelligent.

One of her sons by Campaspe Bounce was doing all the work on a large cattle stud in NSW, including working mobs of cows and calves at 10 months of age after the owner lost his older dog. I don’t recommend working young dogs on cows and calves, but he was exceptionally strong. Another pup from that same litter is Campaspe Ring.


Campaspe Emma

Campaspe Emma (Moorlands Tomie x Cullens Kirribilli)

Emma was a bitch I had a lot of time for. She had good natural casting ability, plenty of ‘cover’, ‘width’ and ‘hold together’ (which help in the ability to muster cleanly). Her faults were that she had virtually no ‘eye’ and lacked a bit of ‘balance’. Good stamina. Tough physically. Unforunately after I injured my back and was forced to sell off nearly all my dogs at the time, Emma was one of the ones to go and I never managed to get any pups out of her after that. I have a nice pup now (2014) I call Campaspe Jane (Campaspe King x Campaspe Ebby) who reminds me a lot of Emma.


Campaspe Queen (Moorlands Tomie x Cullens Kirribilli)

Queen was a handy bitch, with good holding ability, break, eye, and heading instinct. Black tan and white, short haired, very similar markings to her mother. Full sister to Chloe, Emma and Kelly. Very fast and keen. Worked by Les Hall. Unfortunately died young through accident. Good stamina and fantastic physically. Her influence will live on through her daughter, Campaspe Bella.


Cullens Kirribilli (Castleton Birri x Lachlanvale Tip Toe)

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Cullens KirribilliKirri was a big, leggy, black and tan collie bitch with exceptional stamina. I bred Kirri, even though she didn’t have the Campaspe prefix. Her father Birri was a lovely big, strong, black and white, short haired dog with a great temperament, and very natural. Kirri had great holding ability and ‘short cover’, a natural cast, and exceptional anticipation and intelligence. She was a steady worker, but fast when needed. She threw to her father, Castleton Birri, who was by a Russ blood dog. She lacked enough force on a big mob or in the yards (although she tended to breed stronger, more forceful pups), but was used for her exceptional holding ability (amongst other things). Joined for every litter to Moorlands Tomie while I had her (and sold in pup to Campaspe Bounce), Kirri is the mother of such dogs as Campaspe Chloe, Emma, Queen and Kelly, all by Moorlands Tomie.

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