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Boldog Sligo, CL1-R, CL1-H, CL1-S, CL1-F, CL2-R,
CL2-H, CL2-S, CL2-F, CL3-F, CL3-S, NAC , APA WP 1, here at 18
Welcome to the Boldog Kennel web pages! I'm coming up on thirty years with this breed, and they are my passion. I'm not a puppy peddler and you can't buy a dog from me - so that is not the purpose of these pages. This information is up for a specific purpose: I want to share information with those few people who, like me, dream of preserving the essence while improving the health and soundness of this ancient breed. I hope you find my information enjoyable and helpful.
The inexcusably poor breeding practices of "big name" puppy peddlers, fad color breeders and the common "backyard breeder" have given ALL breeders - good or bad - a black eye. It is common these days to find people who passionately feel that NO ONE should preserve (breed) purebred dogs as long as shelters contain surplus animals. The passion of these folks is to save the life of every dog while the passion of the good breeder is to preserve the breed. As an animal control officer for 20 years, and someone who has been active in breed rescue for two decades, I sympathize with the plight of surplus dogs. But I do not agree that there is no place for responsible breeders.
What I find curious about this "don't breed or buy while shelter animals die" philosophy is that these very people will spend hours extolling the horrors of the poorly bred "backyard" puppy; its health issues, bad genetics, iffy temperament - and then insist you adopt a pup from the local shelter which is, of course, supplied by those very same "backyard breeders". Seems they want the adopter to end up with all the problems they warn about. That doesn't make much sense!
It appears these folks have not thought through their stance. Worse, many "rescue only" folks are proponents of the "no kill" philosophy, which in turn guarantees a "guilt free" trip to the local shelter for the "backyard breeder" when they dump their pups (after all, the shelter won't kill them, right?) The well intentioned "rescue only" person ends up supporting and enabling the puppy miller, fad breeder and backyard breeder, and pushing their poorly bred pups on unsuspecting adopters.
So, as a performance dog fancier, I feel there is a place for both the rescue dog and the purpose bred dog. I think shelters should screen heavily, with an emphasis in placing "pet rock" type dogs with adopters who generally don't want much more than a "Geo Metro" of a dog. Breeders, on the other hand, should be allowed to continue to produce quality animals for the various purposes dogs were developed for. Two very difference sources for two very different types of dogs. After working in animal control for over twenty years, I see it as a reasonable compromise.
The world today is flooded with poorly bred and even more poorly managed "pit bulls". The nation's shelters and the media headlines are full of the result of careless and fad breeding. The "here today gone tomorrow" dog peddlers inflict damage on the breed which will take years and generations of work by serious breeders to repair.
There are no "rare color" pit bulls and there are no "new and improved" pit bulls - those advertising their dogs as such are dog peddlers of the lowest sort. The American pit bull comes from dogs which have changed only slightly over the past several hundred years as their jobs changed with the times. From larger gripping dogs used in the hunt for thousands of years, the breed changed into an animal bred to work domestic animals - a "bull" dog. At that point the breed's basic "type" (appearance) was set. A medium sized dog with straight, strong legs, a medium muzzle and short, straight tail. When work with bulls was banned, the breed adapted to dog fighting by becoming slightly smaller in size and a bit more athletic. When dog shows started, a written standard was developed by pit dog men during the late 1800's and this standard is unchanging because it must be in order to protect from the whimsies and fads of each new generation. legitimate breed clubs protect their standards jealousy, knowing this well. (Sadly, the UKC American pit bull club has recently changed the standard slightly in regards to the length of the dogs... one can only assume this is in response to "current" fads in showing... VERY BAD NEWS).
The foundation of Boldog Kennel is the best line of performance (in this case game bred) pit bulls I could find. I chose the Sorrells line of dog, which is based on the English import dogs of Con Feeley, taken up by Henry, Williams, Corvino and Clouse. I believe that a breeder is not a "breeder" until they have developed a line of dogs specific to their goals. These early breeders kept their lines pure and valued gameness (not the same as dog aggression).
The Boldog Kennel breeding program has a simple goal: to bring this ancient breed to the next generation "the same but better". It is certainly not my place to take it upon myself to change the standard - but I can produce health tested, sound, people friendly, utterly tough, athletic gripping dogs with the drives necessary to make them of legal use to today's society - as they have been of use for centuries past. And all in a package which meets the time honored physical standard.
Check out the program, I'm quite proud of my efforts and the dogs. Thank you.
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