Current Breeding Lines 1969 - 1984

by Jonathan Jeffrey Kimes

In any breed there is an ever present need to review and define the most influential lines of the day. Unfortunately, to date we have not yet devised a satisfactory method of singling out those lines and individuals which are likely to have a major influence on the breed in the future. The current, utterly tiresome method is to praise dogs on their "top ten" ratings or signal them as "top producers" by the numbers of champions they have sired. While it is reasonable to assume the top winners are among those dogs that are heavily campaigned and the top producers are among these dogs heavily used for breeding, it does not follow that the best dogs are necessarily campaigned or that the best producers are heavily used. Since dog showing and breeding must conform to the participant's interests and lifestyle, we cannot just assume all the best dogs will be campaigned or the best producers will be recognized and used by more than the home kennel. At the present state of consciousness, the terms "best" and "quantity" are far too synonymous. Being a diehard in believing dogs should be judged on their merits and not their owner's enthusiasm, I wish to present a terribly simplistic but mildly satisfying record of breed progress over the last fifteen odd years, but a record compiled by judgements made of specimens in an academic environment.

 There is, of course, no wholly accurate or totally objective way to discuss or measure the worth of current breeding lines, since no one of us has perfect knowledge. For this article, I have chosen a method which, by itself, may not present a completely all-encompassing perusal of influential lines, but combined with the more ordinary methods of selecting the few from the many, will at least give a fair view of where the breed is going,

 I have decided to take an overview of CWCCA National Specialties from 1969 to1984, a sixteen year period, and have only considered the top sweepstakes winners and reserve winners or better in the regular classes. I have chosen this method for two reasons; the general nationwide support of these shows, and the presumption that the judges, selected by vote of the CWCCA membership, have at least more than a cursory knowledge of the breed. We have had judges from English specialists to American all-rounders. One must be cognizant that the wins of any one year may not accurately reflect the most deserving exhibits, but taken as a whole I feel you will see definite consistent lines, which for one reason or another have continued to take the judge's eye.

Certainly a founding backbone of the American Cardigan scene was the great Ch. Lord Jim's Lucky Domino. He and his sons were largely responsible for the overriding popularity of tricolors in the 1960's. His son, Ch. Springdale Droednoeth won the BB award in 1969, 1972 and 1973. Droed went on to BIS in 1972 after winning the specialty at Rubber City KC. Best in Sweeps and WD in 1969 was the Droednoeth son, Hillsborough Kelly. WB was the Lucky Domino daughter Swansea Pick-A-Dilly. BOS in 1969 was a red bitch, Ch. Domino's Miss Busy of Brymore whose sire, Ch. Domino's Beau Jester, was a littermate to Droednoeth Beau Jester was BB in 1971. Ch. Lord Jim's Lucky Domino was BB winner of five National Specialties in the 60's!

 Ch. Lord Jim's Lucky Domino sired a bitch named Ch. Swansea I'm A Honey who produced one of the greatest American bred studs in recent times, Ch. Halmor Caesar, a brindle. Caesar produced the red dog Swansea Lord Beaver, RWD 1972, and the brindle Silvercreek's Lad of Rhydowen, WD in 1979. Lad's son, Rhydowen Resch Brooks, a brindle ptd. black and white, won Best Opposite Sex in Sweeps and WD in 1981. Lad's other son, Rhydowen Lil' Beau Pup won RWD in 1982. Lil' Beau Pup was a brother to Ch. Kennebec Kate of Rhydowen, the dam of Kennebec Ice Anchor, Best in Sweeps and BW in 1984. Resch Brooks kept the family flag flying by siring Rhydowen G. Digby Keller, RWD in 1984.

Ch. Springdale Droednoeth was little used, but made a lasting contribution in producing Ch, Wicklewood Watersprite. Watersprite was a foundation bitch for Twinroc Kennels and produced Twinroc Roman Rocket, a red who was WD in 1974. Roman Racket's son, Cardrew Scotch on the Rocket, a tri, was WD in 1976. When Watersprite was put to Ch. Halmor Caesar as a double up on Ch. Lord Jim's Lucky Domino, they kept true to form and produced Ch. Twinroc Caesar's Cadet, one of the cornerstones of a true dynasty in Cardigans.

Widely used by the Winsdown Kennel was a blue merle dog, Winsdown Brymore Carbon Blue, who never earned a single point in the ring but became a most influential producer. RWB in 1972 went to a daughter, Glenjoy Black Dian; WD in 1973 to his brindle son, Winsdown Becmar Monarch; WB in 1970 to his blue daughter, Winsdown Blue Bernadette; and RWD in 1975 to his blue son, Winsdown Blue Max of Rogue. Carbon's tricolor daughter, Ch. Winsdown Black Diamond, produced the tricolor Ch. Eastwyn Hildegarde, BOS in 1973, and her sister, the sensational red bitch Ch. Eastwyn Miss Friendly. Miss Friendly really showed the boys how the game was played by going Best in Sweeps and BOS in 1974, BB in 1977, 1978 and 1980! When Miss Friendly wasn't bringing home the silverware, she was in the nest producing more winners. Owned by the Slaboda's Twinroc establishment, Miss Friendly was put to Ch. Twinroc Caesar's Cadet to produce the red Twinroc Eastwyn Joy, Best in Sweeps in 1976, and Twinroc Ebony Gem, a tri, RWB in 1976. Ebony Gem produced Ch. Twinroc Trapper John, Sire of Buck Creek's Bit O'Biscuit, Best opposite Sex in Sweeps and WB in 1984. Another of the Caesar's Cadet-Miss Friendly offspring was a tri dog Ch. Twinroc Wam-Bam-Thank-U-M'am. Out of a Caesar's Cadet daughter, Ch Twinroc Tinkerbelle, Wam-Bam sired Foxfyre Red Baron, Best Opposite Sex in Sweeps in 1980; Foxfyre Spirit of Sprite, BW in 1978 and BOS in 1982; Foxfyre R'mont Joint Venture, Best in Sweeps and WB in 1981; and Ch. Foxfyre Red Flame, producer of Ch. Foxfyre Flame, a brindle ptd. black and white despite his name, RWD in 1980 and BB in 1981, and Checkmate Treasure, a red, Best in Sweeps and BW in 1980. Spirit of Sprite's daughter, Robmont Checkmate Caraway, was Best Opposite Sex in Sweeps in 1932. Flame, Treasure and Caraway are all by the Caesar's Cadet son Ch. Checkmate Bounty Hunter. Bounty Hunter also sired Checkmate Celeste of Oaklea, Best in Sweeps in 1979, Vestavia's Crowning Touch, RWB in 1982. As if that isn't enough, Ch.  Twinroc Caesar's Cadet also sired Ch. Cardrew Christopher Watched, BB in 1981; Cardrew Reddy Teddy, WD in 1977; and Ch. Twinroc Joker's Wild, the sire of Twinroc Highland Cavalier, Best Opposite Sex in Sweeps in 1978.

Pantyblaidd, a Welsh kennel owned by Oliver Jones, began to have a noticeable influence in the early seventies. Pantyblaidd Bambi was Best in Sweeps and BW in 1970. In 1971, Pantyblaidd Piper was WD and went onto BB in 1974. Bambi's younger brother, Pantyblaidd Beano, was RWD in 1971. Piper, bred to another import of the "B" breeding, Ch. Beat, produced the notable Brymore's Taliesin, Best in Sweeps in 1972 and BB in 1975 and 1976. Taliesin also won two all-breed best in shows. Taliesin got little use at stud, but managed to produce Dean's Petunia of Tamerlane, RWB in 1978. Taliesin's sister, Ch. Brymore's Ceridwyn, produced the handsome red dog, Brymore's Wildfire, RWD in both 1978 and 1979; and his brindle brother, Brymore's Tobi of Tamerlane, WD in 1978. Still another of the Pantyblaidd B's, Ch. Bun, produced HR Lucky Bun's Miar, Best Opposite Sex in Sweeps in 1973. Bambi was bred to Ch. Winsdown Brymore Cat Ballou (dam of Black Diamond and Black Dian to produce Winsdown Zephyr, WD in 1972. Zephyr produced Falstaff's Frolic of Brymore, WB in 1974 and Beaujangle Believes 'n Trolls, Best of Opposite Sex in Sweeps in 1974.

Ch. Parmel Dictator was imported from England by Brymore Kennels in the early '60's. Dictator was a brother to English Ch. Parmel Digger, the top winning Cardigan in England throughout the sixties and first half of the '70's. A brindle, Dictator produced Ch. Winsdown Brymore Cat Ballou, whom we just met, Carias yr Brymore, RWB in 1969; Ch. Brymore's Cymmie, BOS in 1970 and Brymore's Beau Geste, Best in Sweeps in 1968. Beau Geste sired Raglan's Miss Abigail, RWB in 1977, and was the grandsire of the red Rollingwood's Miss Muffin, Best Opposite in Sweeps in 1975. Bred to a bitch on lease, Beau Geste produced the brothers Rollingwood Gee Whiz and his tri brother Rolingwood Midnite Gambler. Gee Whiz went Best Opposite in Sweeps and RWD in 1976, BOS in 1977, 1978 and 1980 and BB in 1983. Midnite Gambler produced well siring Davenitch Little Bit Jaimie, RWB in 1979, and Davenitch Black Ace, WD in 1980, in one of his first litters. Also to Gambler's credit are the red dog, Greenshade Windsor of Megwyn, RWD in 1983, and the brindle Davenitch Megwyn Curigwen WB and BW in 1983.

The Gladstone's Aragorn kennel was off to a bang start in 1977 when their foundation bitch, Aragorn's Swansea Galadriel, went Best Opposite in Sweeps and WB. In 1984 she was awarded BOS. Her blue merle daughter, Ch. Aragorn's Oklahoma Blue Elf CD, proved herself to be a producer, giving us the tricolor Aragorn's Tri-Umph of Foxfyre, RWB in 1980; Aragorn Sarum Blue Bishop, Best Opposite in Sweeps in 1982; Aragorn's Blue Ingenue, RWB in 1983; and Ch. Aragorn's Out of the Blue, dam of Aragorn's Silver Streak, WB in 1982.

Margaret Sullivan imported two Robgwen bred dogs in the early 70's, Ch. Robgwen Destiny, a brindle bitch royally bred by the great Ch. Parmel Digger out of another English great, English Ch. Robgwen Black Beauty, and a brindle pointed tri dog, Ch, Robgwen Nice Fella, by English and American Ch. Winsdown Blue Disk of Robgwen, who was bred by Winsdown here in America by Carbon Blue, and exported to Great Britain where he became top stud in 1975. Bred together, the result was Ch. Talbot's Pilot Programme, sire of Kennebec Ice Anchor (who combines Halmor Caesar with Pilot Programme) Sweeps winner and BW in 1984. Of course, Pilot Programme also sired Ch. Pendragon Lineleader, multiple BIS winner. Pilot Programme's brother, Ch. Talbot's Blackstone Magician sired Ch. Westwyn Blackstone Amethyst, BOS in 1983 and is the grandsire of Dyerwood's Sparkle Plenty, RWB in 1984.

Widely used by the Rhydowen Kennels, Ch. Swansea Good Nite has produced Rhydowen Lil' Colonel the Pooh, Best in Sweeps in 1978 and Miru's Knight Rider, WD in 1983. Another owned by this kennel, the Blue Merle Swansea Blue Diana, had a spectacular win of BB from the classes in 1979 and BOS in 1981. Her grandson, Rhydowen Chase the Wind, was Best in Sweeps in 1983.

An inbred dog, Ch. Brymore's Jon of Metromedia was by the imported Ch. Parmel Bryn out of a Bryn bitch. Jon sired Brymore's Tammi Ap Jon, RWB in 1971 and BOS in 1975, and Brymore's Joanna, RWB in 1973. Jon is also the grandsire of Dean's Petunia of Tamerlane, RWB in 1978.

It is entirely possible that I have overlooked some family connections or chose to ignore them for the sake of simplicity, but I feel the foregoing reflects well the major influences in the breed. From Ch, Lord Jim's Lucky Domino to his grandson Ch. Halmor Caesar we see a major strong line in the breed. Combined with the influence of Winsdown Brymore Carbon Blue's and Ch. Parmel Dictator's descendants through Ch, Eastwyn Miss Friendly, we see a coming together of two powerful lines that have nearly eclipsed other lines in specialty competition. The Pantyblaidd lines are still around, though quietly so. The Robgwen lines through Ch. Talbot's Pilot Programme and Ch. Talbot's Blackstone Magician seem to be on the rise, especially when combined with the proven Halmor Caesar lines.

We can learn many things from an overview such as this. Firstly, even a simpleton will immediately recognize that the top winners are very much in the same few lines time and time again, even despite their residence in various kennels. This should indicate that quality cannot be "wished" in, it must be obtained from breeding with the most successful bloodlines. You will undoubtedly notice the conspicuous absence of some bloodlines that have been bred for many generations in this country. That alone should tell you something.

I suppose the most important thing in breeding good dogs, even more so than being knowledgeable or studious, is to breed from the most influential lines; to breed from lines that have generation after generation produced the most outstanding winners and producers. We're only on this planet a short time. No sense in fooling with the in-betweens.

Published in the CWCCA Bulletin, Vol. 18, 1984

Reproduced with the kind permission of the author.


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