In January 2012 the Master Dog Breeders and Associates ( MDBA) recognised the Australian Cobberdog as a Pure Breed In Development. The MDBA is a progress - focused Pure Breed - only registry located in Australia, that's "All About The Dogs" rather than politics. One way that it differs from other traditional registry bodies is that it recognises pedigrees from dogs bred in other countries. This has obvious benefits when it comes to maintaining a wide genetic base within a breed.
Traditionally, breeders of Pure bred dogs have registered their dogs with a registry but still had control over their chosen breed's future by way of Breed Clubs. These clubs have often been run by a tight little clique of breeders who recommend each other in a reciprocal fashion which had/has little or nothing to do with the quality of the dogs being bred, nor of the way puppies were/are raised. Breeders who chose not to be on the inner circle, or who were ostracised for no better reason than not being a personal friend of club administrators were and still are being described as inferior breeders simply because they didn't belong to the persinal inner sanctum of their breed club.
BREED CLUB REPLACED BY MDBA BREED ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Experienced breeders from across the world have been invited to apply for positions on the MDBA Breed Advisory Committees so that many will have a voice for the future of their breed rather than a small tight knit group of friends who may feel peer-pressured or otherwise tempted to act in self serving ways. This is wonderful news for the Australian Cobberdog. Finally, I feel happy and confident that my life's work is in the hands of the caring majority and with the knowledegable guidance of the MDBA I feel confident that the Australian Cobberdog has a bright future.
Former Cobberdog Breed Club (AIACC) members and affiliates have transitioned to the umbrella of the MDBA and I feel sure that everyone will be as excited as I am as the MDBA rolls out it's brilliant initiatives in the planning, which will bring us and our Cobberdogs closer together in the most fun ways!
As we say goodbye to the AIACC, I extend my heartfelt gratitude to past committee members, most especially Jenny Tasche and Calli Prendergast for their extremely hard work, and outstanding levels of passionate commitment to the breed.
Past Vice President AIACC