Puppies – September 2017

WTCH Can VCH PCH CH Risk’N Hope’s Chocolate Kiss
RTDs ODX RNX RA RS-N GS-N JS-N
CKC: HAs HId CDX RN / AAC: ADC SGDC

Cocoa

ASCA, CKC registered
Red W/ Copper & White
DOB: June 29, 2010
OFA: Hips good/ Elbows normal
CERF: clear
Dentition: Full
Tested clear:
MDR1, HSF4, DM, CMR1, CEA, PRA

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WTCH ASCA Mjr ptd Riverbank’s Right Hand Man OFTDds RTDc DNA-vp

Lefty

ASCA, AKC registered
Black W/ Copper & White
DOB: June 16, 2009
OFA: Hips Excellent/ Elbows normal
CERF: clear
Dentition: Full
Tested clear:
MDR1, HSF4, CEA, DM, CD, HUU

Cocoa had 4 puppies on September 26, 2017. 2 red tri males, 1 black tri male, and 1 red tri female. All the puppies have been placed.

My goal in this breeding is to produce confident, healthy, versatile dogs with correct structure. My expectation is that puppies will have a natural working instinct on all types of stock, and drive in obedience, agility and other dog sports. Black and Red Tri-Colours are possible, Natural Bob Tails are expected. Puppies from Cocoa’s first litter are showing very nice natural instinct in working stock, and are excelling in agility, obedience and flyball training. Puppies will be registered with CKC, (ASCA and AKC registerable by owner). The 10 Generation COI for this breeding is 2.72%.

About Cocoa

Cocoa is my first purebred Aussie. I got her at 10 months old, and I didn’t even know herding was a thing people still did with their dogs! As I became more involved in dog sports and my training goals changed, Cocoa was right there with me. She is the best kind of dog a newbie could ask for: always willing to try something new and never takes my training mistakes personally.

This year we attended the 2016 ASCA Nationals in Albany, Oregon, it was our first Nationals event. Some of Cocoa’s accomplishments from that week:
#3 Most Versatile Aussie
#9 Stockdog Finalist – Ducks
#5 Novice Obedience Finalist
#2 Rally Advanced B
#1 ODX A
#1 Regular Standard Novice Agility

In obedience (and everything else) she is very eager to please, and remains fairly confident in trial settings. She is a real team player and loves to work with me, which makes her so enjoyable as a training partner. She is my first competition obedience dog. Her 3 Novice Obedience level Q’s in CKC were all High in Class, and in Open she has 1 HiC and 2 High in Trials. In ASCA she earned her Novice title with 3 High in Trials, and her ODX title with 2 High in Classes (at 2016 ASCA Nationals) We’re still working on getting ready for Utility!

Cocoa is a CKC Champion. She is moderately angled in the front and rear, and her movement is correct. She is a lovely rich, dark red and does not sunbleach in the summer. She earned the Most Versatile Aussie award at 2 weekend shows in 2015, competing in herding, obedience and rally obedience.

Recently Cocoa and I have started training and competing in agility. As with all things Cocoa is happy to participate in whatever we’re doing. After just a couple trials she has all her started titles in ASCA, as well as in AAC.

Considering that she is my first herding dog and it’s a steep learning curve (for the handler), Cocoa has done very well. She has developed nice square flanks, and is very biddable. She does not have a lot of natural eye and tends to work fairly close, but she is very kind to her stock. On the farm she is fairly handy helping with chores. This summer she earned her Ranch Trial Sheep title in Lewistown, MT with a score of 92/100 (and a very close 2nd place). She earned her Advanced Sheep and Open Duck titles in her first weekend of Trialing. Her first experience with Cattle was trialing in Started, and she scored very well with an 86 and a 97/100. She needs more training and exposure to cattle before I trial her further. She is currently qualified for duck finals in 2016 in ASCA, and has received 3 High in Trials at herding trials this summer.

Cocoa is very confident with dogs and people, and is easygoing in social settings. She does however take her job as 2nd-in-command very seriously, and has been known to recite Mom’s laws to the rule-breakers. She is happy to train in obedience, or herd sheep, or go for hikes or sit on the couch; whatever I want to do is what she wants to do.

Read more about Cocoa

 

About Lefty

Lefty is strong working dog, who takes handler direction well. He exhibits aussie eye on his stock, has a lot of power on cattle, and works sheep and ducks thoughtfully, both close and at a distance. He achieved his WTCH handled by his owner and breeder Matthew Mason with several High in trials. His sire W Lazy J2 Blazing Baron was out of Betty Williams very successful Red x Zephyr breeding, and his maternal grandsire  HOF WTCH Mistyridge Spur of W Lazy J PATDcs RTDcs was a great ranch hand and trial dog to Betty Williams.

Lefty takes Winners Dog under Maarten Walter, shown by Marti Parrish. Photo by Karen Brindle.

Structurally Lefty is a very sound dog, with good shoulder layback, stifle angle, and lovely flowing movement from all sides. While on loan to us here on the west coast, he was shown by Marti Parrish in 2 ASCA shows, taking winners dog both times. He is an easygoing dog who enjoys traveling and meeting new people. He enjoys attention, and seeks to please. I think he will complement Cocoa very well by maintaining her excellent structure, and adding more herding instinct and power on cattle. Thankyou to Matt Mason of Riverbank Farm and Marti Parrish of Justus Aussies for all their efforts in making this breeding possible!