Originally Posted by Laurelin
He's very cute and I'm sure going to be a striking dog! I love the black and white coloring.
I have a couple questions mostly because I am very interested in where you guys are going with this. I might seriously be interested in a koolie one of these days.
1. Is Trav health tested? I know he's out for breeding with either of the girls but I was wondering if you're still exploring the option of breeding him eventually.
He's not yet, he's going to be going to get his hips, elbows xrayed soon (next couple weeks actually) and I plan on getting his eyes done too. I don't know yet if he's going to be bred since overall he's just been my go everywhere dog but I do plan on competing with him and I think he so far has a stellar temperament so we'll see where that leads. Luckily he's a boy, no real rush there.
2. One of my big gripes with koolie breeders I've seen is that there's a lot that don't seem to do much with their dogs sports-wise but then go on to say their dogs can do sports well. What kind of proving/titling are you planning? I know titling is not everything but it's nice to see some proof of ability.
I want to do Disc with both of mine, hopefully get back to agility classes sometime soon. If I ever manage to not be bored by it I might look into ASCA OB but if anything probably APDT rally just for fun.
3. How important is stock work going to be in your breeding program? Or are you going to be focusing more on disc and agility?
That's a tough one and I'm still thinking on it. I don't have easy access to stock nor am I interested in really doing stock dog trials. But, I want to get Traveler back on stock and introduce them to Didgie because I do feel like it's an important part of the breed. But, I don't kid myself into thinking that's the same as really working on a farm or ranch, so I don't know.
But yes, my main focus will be sport.
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ETA: Thanks for asking by the way and understand I'm still learning a ton. Like, everyday. I be ready Chaz for questions that I come up with in the years to come, this is new territory for me too!