Our chief objective is to maintain and hopefully enhance
the working genetic package every time we breed a litter. To
this end we often revert to line-breeding, as we have noted
that combining a good dog with another good dog, rarely produces
offspring of the same standard of quality.
Certain working dog breeders have successfully established
lines by crossing closely related brood stock. We have
decided to follow their example, in view of producing dogs
with the following assets: strong herding instinct, work
drive, high intelligence, courage, calmness, wiliness to please
and low stress stock control. Our mission is to provide
farmers with top quality herding dogs. For this reason,
our breeding stock is selected for its natural abilities,
as not everyone is born a dog trainer. We monitor the progress
of our dogs offspring by keeping a pup from most
litters and by organizing herding clinics free of charge,
as part of our after sales service.
When it comes to our Working Kelpies, we have opted
for paddock dog origins, rather than yard or utility
dog ones, as we feel that they are more adapted to the type
of farm work here in France. It is also easier to get a paddock
dog to do yard work than the other way around.
In that which concerns our Australian Cattle Dogs,
unfortunately very few origins are currently selected for
herding instinct, so we have decided to take up this exciting
challenge. We have identified some interesting dogs, displaying
heading ability and compliant attitudes and have started
to breed and train our very own farm dogs.
We also breed Border Collies for work on beef cattle
and Maremma Sheepdogs under another stud name (du Rouvet),
according to the same philosophy.
Last, but not least, we felt like having a hunting dog breed,
so the logical choice for us was the Australian Terrier,
thereby bringing together three Aussie icons under the same
prefix. Initially bred to hunt and exterminate rodents and
snakes, it was also prized as a watchdog.
Ours offer a helping hand in keeping the rodent population
on our farm under control.
Our stud is located in Correze (France), just a stones
throw from the Périgord region. Our farm has
over 400 sheep (Ile de France and Dorper) and our dogs
have access to our neighbors Limousine cattle
for training purposes. We trained our first Border Collie
back in 2001 and have trained over 100 herding dogs
for farm work since then. We sometimes take part in the
occasional sheep or cattle herding trial, in view of promoting
our dogs and these breeds in general. Videos of our dogs at
work can be viewed on the
youtube channel ozzydoggy.
Our dogs are registered with the French Kennel Council
and our Working Kelpies are also registered with the
Working Kelpie Council of Australia. All of our breeding
stock is screened for genetic health problems. Most
of our dogs are sold locally, but some have been exported
to various countries throughout Europe.