WHY IS it IMPORTANT TO HAVE ONLY ONE INTERNATIONAL REGISTRY for the developing australian cobberdog?
In January 2012 the Australian Cobberdog was officially recognised as a Pure Breed in Development by the MDBA which is a third party global Registry only for pure breed dogs.
The MDBA is the only dog registry in the world that is authorised to register the Australian Cobberdog.
Many of today's pure dog breeds are hundreds and even thousands of years old. The Australian Labradoodle should have been thirty plus years ahead of where it is today. But the confusion that still surrounds the Australian Labradoodle was caused by numerous splinter group Associations around the world which deviated from the vision of the founders, Tegan Park and Rutland Manor and which broke away from the first Registry Association (LAA in Australia and the ILA - the first international registry) that TP and RM also founded and set up.
Each new splinter group had its own ideas how the AL should be developed and each one introduced differing rules and mandates and even changed the breed standard to suit their own individual agendas. The situation still remains this way in 2017. History shows that breed registries which only register one specific breed, and which are run by breeders of that one breed, tend to descend into personal pursuits of power which negatively impact on the very breed they are supposed to protect.
The result has been an overall loss of consistency in type, appearance and even temperament, of the Australian Labradoodle and sometimes with the absence of the very traits of intuition and sociability that first made them so popular.
The Australian Labradoodle is a victim of conflicting and damaging paths taken by numerous breed specific pedigree registries run by either inexperienced, or self serving breeders, These split groups quickly sprang up across the world, in response to the developing breed's popularity. Each registry still runs with its own differing set of rules, policies and selection criteria, which has in turn created divides in many different directions for the base gene pool and reduced the Australian Labradoodle from a promising new breed, to a cross breed which is no longer consistent in its behaviors and character traits.
The role of the Australian Cobberdog parent club (AIACC) is to take the Australian Cobberdog Breed through to being able to reach the necessary criteria to be recognised as a pure breed in its own right whilst ensuring the long term health, character traits and future of the breed is protected.
Origin of the australian cobberdog
So far, generally, the assumption has been that the name, 'Australian Cobberdog' for a pure breed in development is due to issues relating to a new name being needed if Australian Labradoodles are to be able to be accepted as a purebreed some time into the future. This is simply not true.
But let us be very clear. The primary purpose of the introduction of the Australian Cobberdog name, was to be able to identify dogs of a new breed, which has been developing and selected for specific temperament, traits and characteristics for more than a decade and a half by some breeders world wide of the (almost extinct) authentic Australian Labradoodle, which is erroneously seen by many - even breeders - as the same 'breed'.
Though the roots of the Australian Cobberdog will always be associated with the 'Labradoodle', the finished dog is a new breed with its own unique DNA footprint, bred selectively by breeders who are interested in future generations and not just the litter on the ground; to get a healthy, identifiable and predictable breed of dog more reliably suited to Service, Therapy and Assistance work.
Can the Original Recipe Be Repeated Successfully?
At some point not far into what they were doing, the founders of the breed developed a clear idea of what they were trying to achieve, based on the characteristics they saw in some of their dogs and puppies. They knew they wanted the dogs to be able to behave in a certain manner and to work at specific tasks mostly suited towards Assistance Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs. They wanted a non-shedding coat which was easier to care for than that of many other non-shedding breeds. They wanted their finished pure breed to be predictable so everyone who was seeking unique specific qualities in a dog could be confident in what they were getting. In order to do this, they carefully selected dogs which had the desirable qualities they wanted to keep, and any added 'ingredient' or infusion was done with a specific purpose in mind, and just as importantly at very specific periods in the development.
BRINGING THEM BACK IN - IS THAT A GOOD MOVE IN ACHIEVING THE FOUNDERS' DESIRED OUTCOMES FOR THE BREED?
Some breeders are under the misconception that as long as one of the breeds used by the founders is brought in at any point, or even starting again at the beginning, will bring the same results. Few who have returned to adding a dog belonging to one of the 'parent breeds' to develop their breeding programs, have helped the breed to progress. Any infusion has to be able to be shown to potentially bring something that will carry the breed closer to the original breed founders' desired outcome for the breed, or it becomes a backward step. Before the Stud Book is closed, the breed needs to have a wide genetic base on which to build future generations. The challenge is that fresh bloodlines introduced, must not be used in such a haphazard way, that specific genetic traits unique to the breed could be lost along the way.
The health and width of gene pools can be and often are, impacted by politics, differing views of what is the best path to take to get to the desired goals ( that is assuming that breeders have any goals) differing views of what the desired goal/s should be, and numerous other variables.
The breed founders believe that because of the threats to a breed in development, and the history of divisions in the gene pool one third party pedigree registry worldwide is the best option to protect the breed and give it a better chance of becoming a recognised breed, where the dogs which are being produced are clearly belonging to one pure breed which is predictable in health and characteristics.
While the parent club is eager to have clubs affiliated with it in each country, the Master Dog Breeders and Associates (MDBA) which registers all pure breeds from all countries, has been selected as the ONLY registry to keep the Australian Cobberdog registry. This is to ensure unity, the lack of which has been a root cause in the confusion that has long surrounded the breed's forebears.
There may be a need from time to time to consider a new infusion of a dog from one of the parent breeds, or a dog from another pure breed, but only if if it can be shown to be potentially positive toward reaching the desired goal for the breed as it continues to be developed.
The parent club must ensure that any infusions are kept to a minimum for what is determined to be currently best for the Australian Cobberdog breed, based on the variables at the time. No matter what the approved infusion may be, no matter what the ancestry is, breeders must maintain the goal that eventually the breed will have thousands of breeding dogs across the world, all tested and graded as fitting the desirable breed characteristics and capable of breeding true into the future. They must select their breeding stock accordingly.
No breed nor cross breed is permitted to be infused unless it is first approved by the Parent Club (even it if is one of the identified parents breeds the founders used).
Pure Breed full recognition is achievable for the Australian Cobberdog in every country across the world, currently only by registration with the MDBA.
Breeders and owners of Australian Cobberdogs across the world are encouraged to unite, by establishing and supporting their own affiliated clubs. In this way the breed will be universally predictable for its finest qualities and will advance under a consistent set of rules and guidelines.
It should be immediately apparent when viewing a litter that all the puppies are so similar in looks and type that they are easily recognisable as being of the same breed.