Caesar was perhaps
one of the first Kelpies to gain some notoriety at that time. Ti
had several crosses to Caesar in the first 4 generations, on his
dam’s side. On his sire’s side he went back to the Scanlon
blood, backed by some of the most outstanding dogs in Australia.
These dogs were imported by Jim Faught in Texas. In the 4th generation,
all eight of the dogs are Karrawarra on the dam’s side, and
on the sire’s side, there are such dogs at Port Patrick Taj,
Scanlon’s Butch, and Montana Flicka, all dogs mentioned as
sire’s and dams of note in the literature available on the
subject. Other studs are equally as well-known – Bullenbong,
Kalari, and Humevale.
Later, as we became better acquainted with Tony
and Jack, we focused on concentrating the Karrawarra genetic material,
through linebreeding and selection of outstanding dogs within that
bloodline. So, it is that today we hold perhaps the greatest concentration
of that blood in the US. In the twenty-five years that we have been
breeding Kelpies, we have had the opportunity to view hundreds of
dogs, both here in the US and in Australia, and study many pedigrees.
It is my opinion that the Karrawarra dogs exemplify the best that
the breed has to offer. I’m going to make some generalizations
here, and I’m absolutely positive that there are exceptions,
both within the Karrawarra bloodlines and outside of them, in other
bloodlines, i.e. “studs”, that have achieved success.
Karrawarra dogs are the result of fifty plus years of selective
breeding, and as such, they tend to produce dogs that are:
1.Well-built, attractive dogs, with solid bone and a bit more
2.Intense, instinctual, natural workers, with good cast and cover.
3.Possessing a cool, calm temperament, with trainability and thinking
4.Good honest character and a steady mind.
Ti proved this out in his years as a breeding
stud dog. He was bred pretty consistently for about six years, from
the time he was two years old, until he was eleven. We used him
on the bitches we acquired or bred, and on numerous outside bitches
as well. We consider his career as successful because he produced
offspring that were stamped with his good qualities, not only on
bitches of excellent quality, but also on bitches that were of mediocre
breeding and talent. In my mind, that is the mark of a foundation
sire. That he could pass on his good traits, and improve on the
next generation. Our breeding program over the years has been based
on carrying on the Karrawarra strain of Kelpies by trying always
to reproduce that excellence we found in Ti. He has become the standard
by which all other dogs are judged.
In a little book we found in 1995, that was sent to us by a gun
dog breeder, called New Guide to Breeding Old Fashioned Working
Dogs, by Guy G. Ormiston, in it we found the language that described
what we were trying to accomplish. In a section called The King
Ranch Method, is his interpretation of how the King Ranch