For a long time now i have been increasingly
worried by the reduction of the gene pool in European Collies. Most
people check only the first 4 or 5 generations when searching for
the inbreeding co/efficient of any mating, however this gives a very
false and inaccurate picture.
the late 1960's early 1970's a very famous and wonderful reproducer
was used extensively by breeders, his name was Dazzler of Dunsinane.
His progeny was superb (i was witness to this) and breeders flocked
to use both himself and his many winning sons. Over a period of time
collies were closely line bred to 'fix' his great points,
unfortunately they did not look to the future, and many other lines
offering different points were lost to the Breed.
Breeders continued in this vein, line breeding to
his sons and his grandsons, until every collie in Europe carried
several lines to this great sire.
Line breeding is an excellent way to 'fix' points
in the breed and experienced breeders can effectively use this
method of breeding to eliminate undesirable traits and even
eliminate health issues, and they can 'fix' good traits. However,
carried to excess the immune system begins to break down giving rise
to many skin problems and other issues. Also bad traits become
'fixed' too, and breeders must find an out-cross dog from totally
separate lines, to help them to eliminate these problems. The influx
of new blood to the gene pool strengthens the immune system and if
the new dog is chosen wisely, it will revitalise a flagging
Over the years, breeders have gradually lost the
name of 'Dazzler' from the pedigree, along with the name of his
grandmother Leacroft Black Magic. Leacroft Black Magic is not only
the grandmother of Dazzler, but she can also be traced in direct
tail female line to the majority of todays winning Rough Collies.
What we tend not to realise however, is that
'Dazzler' and 'Black Magic' are permanently 'fixed' behind EVERY
European Rough Collie, to such an extent, that should a true
in-breeding co/efficient be given, it would simply astound us all.
The truth is quite simply this...EVERY Rough Collie
bred from English/European lines since the 1970's is now INBRED on
Leecroft Black Magic. There are quite litterally HUNDREDS and
THOUSANDS of lines going back to these two Collies, behind EVERY
such collie. It is therefore not possible to out-cross any longer,
even by using collies from other parts of Europe because ALL are
inbred to these same two collies.
Therefore i decided to introduce bloodlines that
evolved from dogs sent to America before, during or Imediately after
the Second world war, as these collies carry bitch lines, once
prominant in the UK but sadly no longer available to us. These dogs
carry NO lines to DAZZLER OF DUNSINANE or his grandmother LEACROFT
When looking to increase the variety in the gene
pool, one must also take great care not to introduce new problems.
this in mind i set out on a quest to discover a male collie to
fulfill my purpose. He must carry no exagerations, he must fit the
Breed standard as closely as possible, (remember we are working to
preserve the future of the Breed, not to preserve an exaggerated
fashion trend) and he must be as healthy as can be reasonably
possible too. Here is the UK we have no known genetically cea free
this reason i went to the Glasgowhills kennel of Sandi Hamillton and
i am so pleased that i did, Sandi is a breeder who is truly
interested in the future welfare of our Breed and i hope to be able
to work with her for many years to come.
Va aggiunto per contro che anche i collie degli
Stati Uniti e del Canada potrebbero giovarsi dell'apporto di sangue
inglese (creazione di un nuovo out-cross per le loro linee) alla
stessa maniera vantaggiosa.
The future of our Breed is at stake, we must be
prepared to make changes for its continued survival, we live in
challenging times. Dogs bred here at WICANI are bred to be FIT FOR