The horror! Not just purebreds this year in New York City, the Kennel Club will allow some mixed breeds. But for agility trials, not for show. I mean, they won't just let dog into the show ring. If they were were honest they'd admit that many of the purebred dogs who compete each year began their breed history as a mix of at two different breeds.
How was that for a sentence?
It would be nice if dog show officials would begin to see breeds like the Golden Doodle as just as worthy to compete in a category as say, the Golden Retriever.
Records kept from 1850 to 1890 at the Guisachan estate of Dudley Marjoribanks, first Lord Tweedmouth, near Inverness, Scotland, record the development of the original strain of Golden Retrievers.
Lord Tweedmouth bought "Nous" in 1865, the only yellow in a litter of black Wavy-Coated Retrievers. From a cousin living near Berwick, on the Tweed River, he acquired "Belle", a Tweed Water Spaniel. This now-extinct breed was a hardy type used for retrieving and known for their intelligence, courage, and ability in water. In two litters, Nous and Belle produced four yellow puppies. Later breedings incorporated more Tweed Spaniel and Wavy-Coated Retriever, and a red setter.
This is just one example, but most purebred dogs at Westminster do come from a mixed line of breeds way back in their history. One day we'll see the Golden Doodle or Cock a Poo.
Here's a picture of Ferdie's best friend Booj as a puppy. Now tell me this doesn't look as good as any pure bred.