Home to Happy, Healthy Smooth Collies
BRECKAMORE BLUSHING GROOM 2RCC's
(Pic @ 13 months old Sire Ch Foxearth Flock Master for Breckamore JW X Foxearth Sticky Fingers with Breckamore)
Champion Foxearth Flock Master For Breckamore JW
Currently Top Smooth Collie 2014 @the half way stage
9CC's, (7 with BOB) & 7RCC's
Welcome to my web site.
My name is Ann French. I have spent the past 33 years with Collies, starting with Roughs (see "The Past" page) a few of which I still own, however, the Smooth Collies have now become my passion and taken over.
This breed has completly captivated me and my life is spent among these beautiful dogs.
I now serve on The Smooth Collie Club of GB Committee and judge the Breed as well as being a Donkey Breed Society Championship show judge.
My background is very equine / canine orientated including several dog behaviour courses
completed including with Jan Fennel, The Dog Listener!
My original Smooth Collies all come from the Famous Foxearth Kennels to whom I owe so much, all my dogs are happy collies with no health issues.
It is my intention to breed quality, healthy dogs, many of which will make fabulous family members and a few going on to make an impact in the breed through the show ring and breeding.
I require my Collies to move soundly, being fit for function, and have wonderful head and eye appeal, take a look at my web site, I think you will agree the head & eye appeal is obvious!
Smooth Collies are officially a Kennel Club British Vulnerable Breed, although numbers are steadily increasing due to more people coming into the breed over the past few years. Smooth collies are complete all rounders making wonderful companions and /or enjoy a more active life in Agility or even obedience.
I live just outside of Ripon in North Yorkshire, less than 11 miles from where the Famous Peterblue Kennels to which the Breed owes much were sited years ago.
After many years of owning Rough Collies and an assortment of other breeds purely as pets,
Tina my once in a liftime companion, originally rescued by The Dogs Trust, still much missed!
I finally sucumbed to my wish for a smooth with the purchase of Ch Lilymead Amazing Grace
(Ch Fido Fax for Foxearth x Ch Foxearth Fire of Love at Lilymead) 3 CC's 3 Rcc's in 2005.
Champion Lilymead Amazing Grace
Best Smooth Collie Veteran, Reserve CC and Best Veteran in Show at The Smooth Collie Club of Great Britain Championship Show under Breed Specialist Mr T Hayward (Foxearth)
Having always had a passion for Horses, Ponies and Foxhounds, then latterly my American Miniature Donkeys, owning the most sucessful Championship winning Herd in the Country (www.minidonks.co.uk) I have always been a fanatic about breed type and movement.
I firmly believe one cannot really just learn correct conformation, you either understand it or you don't.
I have applied the same principles to all the animals I have bred from, good heads and eye appeal, strong conformation coupled with the movement that this should give.
My Smooth Collie family has steadily grown over the past 9 years though quality rather than quantity is paramount, we occasionally have healthy quality litters always on the lookout for a future Champion to retain for ourselves, see puppy page, as breeding is a science, well breed puppies are available occasionally for show and/ or pet homes providing they meet our strict criterior.
My kennel is tightly based on the Foxearth /Sandcastle's lines, it is my intention to breed quality, healthy collies which will take Top honours in the showring and make their mark in the breed as well as great pets.
I hope you enjoy looking through this web site and please do not hesitate to contact me.
The star of our small kennel
Champion Foxearth Flock Master For Breckamore JW
( 9 CC'S, 7 with Best of Breed. 7 RCC'S )
PRA -rcd2-clear / DM Unaffected CEA clear as a puppy
*CURRENTLY 2014 TOP SMOOTH COLLIE IN BREED*
DOG CC, BEST OF BREED & SHORT LISTED, FINAL 8 IN PASTORAL GROUP BOURNEMOUTH CH SHOW AUGUST 2014
DOG CC, BEST OF BREED, RESERVE BEST IN SHOW WEST OF ENGLAND COLLIE CLUB JULY 2014
DOG CC, BEST OF BREED, BEST OPPOSITE SEX IN SHOW, RESERVE BEST IN SHOW LONDON COLLIE CLUB JUNE 2014
DOG CC, BEST OF BREED, BIRMINGHAM NATIONAL DOG SHOW, MAY 2014
DOG CC, BEST OF BREED & BEST IN SHOW LANCASHIRE AND CHESHIRE COLLIE CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW MAY 2014
Pictured below with his daughter Breckamore Fly Me To Foxearth, Best Puppy In Show.
Her litter brother Breckamore Blushing Groom took the RCC, his second RCC from only 2 Ch shows attended!
FOR PUPPY PLANS 2015 SEE PUPPY PAGE!
BRECKAMORE BACK TO BLACK
Fabulous day at Crufts, see news page!
2014 stop press:
Breckamore Black Caviar (owned by Claire Kemp) Best Puppy in Breed Crufts!
Blushing Groom's first Championship show & only his second show, gains 1st Puppy dog, Best Puppy Dog & Best Puppy in Breed and RCC at the presigious Brtish Collie Club with BOB Ch Foxearth Frappuccino!
SKC May Fortune Cookie for Breckamore takes her second CC!
First Championship show of 2014 and Fortune Cookie from Breckamore wins Bitch CC & BOB Manchester!
A few thoughts about MDR1 & Breeding as written on the Wicani Rough Collie web site, permission kindly given by Angela Harvey (Wicani) very much my thoughts!
A puppy that is mdr1 -/- can lead a perfectly normal life, in fact this 'problem' has been with the breed since the late 1800's and the breed still exists in spite of it. It only becomes an important issue when the dog receives certain drugs (this list of suspect drugs can be found online), and because such a dog cannot clear these drugs from its system it can suffer from drug toxicity. However, if you know the mdr1 status of your Collie, you can ask your vet to work around this by giving alternative drugs if necessary. In an ideal world all Collies would be mdr1 +/+ (meaning the dog carries two normal genes and no mutation) but unfortunately 60% of Collies are affected by at least one mutant gene, and to cut such Collies out of the breeding population would result in certain death for the breed as the gene pool would be far too closely interrelated. Inbreeding is the biggest enemy of the pedigree dog at this time. However, the breeder should know the mdr1 status of their breeding stock and be able to pass this knowledge to the prospective puppy buyer. With this said, please do not reject a Collie on the basis that it is mdr1 -/- (carrying the double mutation) if the puppy is from a caring breeder who is doing their best for the continuance and overall improvement of the breed. As long as you are aware of your puppies status and you can alert your vet if the Collie requires any treatment.
Another concern to me is the amount of prospective puppy buyers who feel that all puppies are best reared inside the home, this is simply not true. Yes, some home reared puppies are well cared for but this alone does not mean your puppy is well bred and or well reared. I have met people who own one dog and one bitch, they mate them together once a year and produce puppies for sale. In most cases such people know nothing about the breed, nothing about the background of the parents, and not very much about rearing healthy puppies either. They breed for a little bit of 'pocket money' . I know others who rear their puppies indoors in crates which is not always ideal either. Outdoor reared puppies are much more likely to get access to plenty of fresh air and natural daylight plus space to exercise young muscles. A good breeder enjoys their puppies and will bring them indoors for periods to accustom them to the sights, sounds and smells of the busy household. However such puppies will also be accustomed to outdoor sounds such as cars, lawn mowers and planes flying overhead; and if they are really lucky they will get to see pheasant wandering in adjacent fields, rabbits and chickens, horses too, and possibly hear sheep and cows in the distance. Good breeders will make the best effort within their own circumstances, but to be honest, nothing beats BREEDING for temperament!
2013 Proved to be a hugely sucessful year for our small kennel.
Three of our dogs gained the following awards:
4 Challenge certificates, 4 RCC's, 1 Junior Warrent.
SCCGB Puppy of the Year.
Two new Champions.
1 Best in show, 3 Reserve Best in show awards & 1 Best Opposite sex in show award
plus a fabulous litter sired by Flock Master.
My lovely Tri bitch Finnish Touch For Breckamore with her fabulous well known Dam Foxearth Sticky Fingers with Breckamore
BPIS first time shown in Norway
Owned by Janne Christin Nymark - Hansen
Photo Jon White.
Left Bev White with Clingstones Sounds Good RCC, Birgit Hayward Ch Sandcastles As You Like It at Foxearth CC, BOB,BIS (Dam of Flintab & Flock Master)
Dog CC Foxearth Flintab & Trevor Hayward, Ann French with Foxearth Flock Master For Breckamore RCC. Centre Judge Mr J. Horswell.
NB: Sounds Good is full sister, earlier litter, to our Foxearth Sticky Fingers see puppy page!
*Left, Winner of the SCCGB Puppy of the Year 2013 Foxearth Flock Master *
March 2013 * Finnish Touch For Breckamore wins Special Junior Bitch at Crufts *
* Foxearth Flock Master wins Limit Dog at Crufts *
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