It has become obvious that the transparency with which the founders had shared some of their methods over the years, have been mis-used with disappointing results. For this reason, the early development practices and the closing stages of development which resulted in the resurrection of the precious characteristics previously lost, will forever remain a secret shared only by the founders of the original and authentic Australian Labradoodle and the Australian Cobberdog raised from its ashes.
Cobberdog Breeding Terminology
All pure dog breeds known to mankind first originated from the crossing of two pure breeds or cross breeds. The first two dogs which started the strain are referred to as the 'parent breeds'
Additions of more breeds or cross breeds are known as 'infusions'.
Breeding progeny back to either of the parent breeds or a previous infusion is called 'back breeding'.
Could mean anything. A term used by breeders who lack understanding of the building blocks used to develop a new breed.
The real origins of many of our pure breeds are obscure, but not so the Australian Cobberdog. It's early development was monitored and recorded with identifiable ancestors and with infusions of four additional pure breeds past the two parent breeds. The Australian Cobberdog has its own unique DNA signature. Each infused pure breed was used once only in each breeding pod of bloodlines, and from the resulting progeny, the most excellent types were selected to breed on, with all others de sexed (spayed or neutered). Only progeny which exhibited the developing breed's unique and amazing intuition were used for breeding by the founders, Tegans and Rutland Manor, although this strict critera was unfortunately not always adhered to by other breeders when they began their own breeding programs.
Originally, there were four primary and different PURE Breeds which were added to the parent breeds over a period of several generations. Each infusion was selected for specific reasons and at appropriate times in order to either correct specific faults that were appearing in the emerging breed, to improve or stabilise characteristics already present, or to create a diverse gene pool which would help to avoid a genetic dead end occurring in the future. Timing of each infusion was crucial and was not carried out indiscriminately. Additional breeds which were infused later on have not been disclosed by the founders and are unlikely to ever be shared, in an effort to prevent the disastrous results which resulted from others trying to emulate what they had done, but without the relativity of perspective that was in place at the time. The following, were the major four which began the development of the breed.
Final Stages of Development: A couple of decades into the development of the Australian Labradoodle, the majority of dogs being bred had lost the very character traits for which they had become so popular in the first place. The 'cutesy' factor had taken over with breeders throughout the world, as they focussed more on pretty colours to attract buyers of their puppies, than on the innate character traits which had been so carefully developed. If breeders fail to select for these, then they will inevitably be lost. These have been revived by the judicious addition of new and fresh blood from unrevealed sources, and the 'rescue' of tried and proven bloodlines.