A recent video upload from the Riskys Staffords Official Video Archives.
Roxy with her son Bear Jnr.
Basic construction of a pedigree is equal, no matter parenting or animal. The first generation consists of the individual's parents, and pedigreees of the next or second generation, so it's interesting when you're looking for patterns of parenting in the background of a dog.
There are three basic patterns to breeding animals: inbreeding, linebreeding and outcrossing. While there are ongoing discussions as to where inbreeding is and when linebreeding begins, this discussion we will consider inbreeding is whether a son serves the mother, breeds the daughter, brother the sister, and the hemanastro to the hemanastra.
Linebreeding is the docking of dogs that relate closely to the same ancestor but are not generally related in everything through any other ancestors. When you say your dog ′′ linebred ′′ usually means they are connected through the father and an ancestor in particular.
An Outcrossed pedigree would be one in which an individual has no common ancestor in the first three or four generations. Not much credit is given to the influence of dogs beyond the fourth generation. An ancestor who appears in the fourth generation, in pure mathematics, contributes only 1/256 of the factors of inheritance in a puppy and can therefore do seemingly little to overcome the influence of any lower specimen with no relation that appears in the pedigree later on.
Before we travel further in discussing pedigree reading and understanding, I would warn the reader that selection by pedigree only without consideration of the physical traits of animals attached to pedigree can lead to big disappointments! We're not building ′′ pretty papers ′′ but we must always strive to improve the dogs we have. A pedigree is just a guarantee of bloodlines - a dossier of the genetic contributions given by the ancestors of the dog we wish to breed to continue the line.
A thorough assessment of individuals is essential for any success you expect. The idea of raising purred animals should begin with the physical character of animals themselves and do not pedigree only
Why linebreed or inbred? Most breeders linebreeding to a certain degree. This is meant to cause caste improvement by combining not only similar animals in their features, but also pedigree ragging some fence lines related to exceptional individuals.
Linebreeding enangosta like this to the selection of the individual ancestor that one chooses to emulate. A line comes from a book published in the 1800 s and is set in my mind: ′′ Any unit, then that the breeder wants to reproduce, becomes the prototype, and the pedigree ends with him or her." (′′ rational parenting." i.e. where a big name is mentioned, or the dog tries to emulate it, the pedigree must stop."
If your goal is to intensify and preserve the characteristics of your superior breeding bellies, you would seek mother-to-child inbreed, thus multiplying the male's bloodline. To intensify the father's bloodline, you would dock it to your best daughter. Brother crusader to sister must preserve the father's bloodlines and contain them equally, but this is really accurate if the parent s' combination has proven exceptionally accurate in producing the ideal combination of desired characteristics. If you study pedigrees for long, you will see that some patterns defined in most of all pedigrees that are linebred.
Except for those mentioned above, the other patterns most often considered are from grandpa to granddaughter, son to granddaughter's double granddaughter and son's granddaughter, grandson to granddaughter, and grandson to bend grand daughter.
When investigating a pedigree to breed purposes, you should look for an animal that is innate or linebred in a great individual.
When selecting the calf, you will see the individual's linebreed in your dog's pedigree that brings as close as possible to their ideal whether that's a dog or a dog Remember, if you do linebreed or inbred on a mediocre dog, you will produce only more mediocrity! Only those animals that are superior quality should be selected for inbreeding or linebreeding. Careful consideration must be done for selection of parenting female. Think of her because a male becomes a father of hundreds, the female becomes a mother of ten.
Since it is much easier to trap a distinctive type among a mother's few descendants, it is possible to make valuable use of female influence.
It's not easy to get pups from superior animals, and most of us start from the need that is usually considered a dog average. The best breeding practice would be to dock it with a dog with a structure that approaches the ideal, so there are superior pups through it. With the female progeny that turns out, one can then raise again inside the father's pedigree side, to take a step toward improvement. Pedigreees when we're supposed to talk pedigrees at parenting practice! Maybe this could be another matter, patterns are given in real upbringing.
All purred animal castes develop.
Two individuals will not be selected for the same range of qualities in the race. In some it's mouth, other capabilities, other immobilization, air, but it should always be the gameness, first a marked family and develop characteristics. Every family within a caste has its exceptionally good features and its bad ones recognized, one reproduces a fair amount of consistency. Most of us can easily select dogs in the game of certain kennels. They imagine they knew something for which that line is known ". They are mostly filters within the race. The great value of a pedigree is that with its use we can learn the possible hereditary trends or particularities of the dogs we are breeding from.
We must accumulate a certain knowledge of the characteristics of famous animals (the ′′ pillars ′′) that names appear on a pedigree or we won't be able to make much use of the information a pedigree can afford. If all we have to do to produce superior quality puppies is breeding dogs with the winner of the day, everyone could do it and the game would be full of superior specimens. Parenting of top winners is not always the sure way to succeed, because a top winner isn't always a constant producer. A breeder should be able to classify any animal from which he intends to raise a kind of family and must therefore be able to make a fair guess as to which of the ancestors were responsible for their predominant qualities. If your dog is a Kennel ′′ A ′′ and ′′ Kennel / ′′ B ′′ cross - which of the dog's two lines resembles? Determining the breeding animal in this way (via yours or your pedigree) you should know which animal you should choose for your crossing by escalating or deleting existing features. Instead if you together only selecting pedigrees without consideration of physical remuneration you undoubtedly produce dogs with remarkable failures and linebreed or inbred fail you!
If you have read your pedigree successfully and have embarked on a plan to build your own recognizable line you will have to do several generations of linebreeding before you need to think about the third pattern found in pedigreees, the outcross. Generally an outcross breeder uses it only for defined purpose.
If you can collect enough information about dogs in pedigree outcrossed, with any defined thought, you can calculate what the breeder wants to achieve his line of dogs outcross. The initial results of the outcross using two excellent animals often exhibits many of both parent s' good points. When these puppies hit the box and are right, many breeders plug in to make similar crosses. Unfortunately, without a clear purpose set in mind, the generations that result from this outcross will often demonstrate a major lack of uniformity, leaving experienced breeders less in a loss of what comes across. This only makes the breed of poor quality guys.
In conclusion, let me say that it is essential that the breeder who begins to gain some knowledge of genetics and also a full understanding of the standard of race to which he is confident. Until these two measures are taken, it will be considered serious in protecting and improving a breed where you only want to search for hardly the game.
Riskys Canava Go Girl
Rivergreen's Captain Barclay
Riskys Miss Timberfake
Aurel Nra Opie
Riskys Dutch Cataleya
Riskys Red Rocco
This months blog is some footage from the Riskys Stafford's official video archives of Dixie exercising over the a-frame. She was a IKC GR Champion at this particular sport.
A short video clip of Jimmy's Sugar Ray (Max). One of my favourite male Staffords from years gone bye. Max was a son from the iconic Edgeworth Canava Barney.
The footage was taken on Ray Holmes yard 2003.
Many thanks for watching..
This months Blog is a selection of updated pictures from our two recent litters sired by Riskys Red Mcgregor (Macky) from Riskys Roxy Jnr & Riskys Miss Babadook.
All doing very good with positive feedback coming in from all the pups new owners.
I'm very pleased with them, real quality types with good variation displayed.
Definitely one's to be looking out for in the future on the website as they progress.
I would like to say many thanks to everyone concerned for the regular updates and pictures..
Regards Gary B.
A busy time for us here at the'' Riskys Staffords HQ'' during the lockdown period.
With 2 litters being born nearly a week apart. The first litter was from a breeding combination between Riskys Red Mcgregor x Riskys Roxy Miss (Daughter of Red Rocco).
This mating produced 3 stunning pups, 1 red male, a black n white male and 1 dark brindle female.
6th generations Risky's (23/04/20)
Riskys Ginger Tim (Diesel)
Riskys Rocket Ronnie (Ronnie)
Riskys Miss Lockdown Luna (Luna).
The second litter was born from using the same sire Riskys Red Mcgregor bred to Riskys Miss Babadook. This was Babs 1st litter and she surprised us with 5 beautiful puppies, 3 black n tan males, 1 black n tan female & 1 red female.
7th generations Risky's (02/05/20)
Riskys Jem Mace (Dodger)
Riskys Gypsy King (Rolo)
Riskys Monsieur Babadook (Vinnie)
Riskys Miss Alien Girl (Ali)
Riskys Miss Lockdown Lucy (Lucy)
All the pups from both litters have now been placed in fantastic caring loving homes.
I would like to add that im very grateful to everyone who contacted me regarding the planned breedings for this year, as always its a very difficult choice deciding on who will get a pup from us with so many interested people to choose from. For those who have missed out please keep in contact for any future developments regarding next years litters.
Please see below a selection of pictures of all the pups from both litters and there new owners.
Regards Gary B.
Riskys Red Mcgregor x Riskys Roxy Miss
6th Generations (24/04/20)
My son Lucas
pictured with Riskys Ginger Tim (Diesel)
Enjoying his time spent with the puppies,
before leaving to go onto their new homes.
Trevor & Maria with Diesel
@ 8 weeks.
Gary & Jodie with Ronnie
@ 8 weeks.
Michael & Luna
@ 8 weeks.
Riskys Red Mcgregor x Riskys Miss Babadook
7th Generation Riskys (02/05/20)
Babadooks pups @ 7 Weeks.
My son Lucas with Dodger @ 8 weeks.
Paddy with Dodger.
@ 8 weeks
Louise & David with Lucy.
@ 8 weeks
Siobhan & Pat with Ali.
@ 8 weeks
Tony & Marie with Rolo.
@ 8 weeks
Amy & Paul with Vinnie.
@ 8 weeks
The Story of Rivergreen’s Captain Barclay.
Gary was able to produce three bitches from an inbred mating from Rocco. These females were very pure of the red strain family. I was able to breed my Springview’s Hank Snows dog whom I got from JT to two of these females. I mention these guys straight away in order to give credit to them for putting these dogs my way. I will always be very grateful for this.
Hank Snows was double bred Springview’s Victor, a dog down from Red, Sinbad, Jim etc. He also had some Trap breeding in him, Trap coming down through the Blue Wolf dog. Seamus McNutt, before he sadly passed, told me he thought Hank was a cracking looking dog, when I sent him pictures of him. The resultant pups were very much an outcross within the same family of dogs. Dogs bred down through Lally’s Paddy, and those coming down through Sinbad, but all going back to Red Warrior, Hopcrofts Bess, Jim, Joe etc with a little of the Blue Wolf in there too.
Tess was the first of the bitches to be bred to Hank and this produced 5 pups with three surviving.
Here they are just a couple of weeks old and with Tess and Hank just out of shot. Not the best pic, but you can clearly see the strength in these pups.
Here is Albert a male I kept back from this litter.
As you can see, he is a very pure looking dog and one I really rated.
The next mating was with Peppi, the sister to Tess who was owned by K, and he sent her to me to breed. She was a hard little bitch in her outlook, but was easy enough to breed. Here they are tied.
Barclay was born on the morning of 30.01.2014 by C- Section. He was one of a pair as the first one got stuck and died but we managed to get Barclay out, so he was the only one. The vet said she thought they were Ridgeback’s with the size of them!
At this point I wish you to look at the different body builds in these two dogs. When folk scratch their head about the demise of the character of the Stafford, I feel there are two reasons for this. One, is scatter breeding, and not breeding within a tight family and the second is breeding to a standard, or a type. Family breeding means you breed close relatives to each other that display only the best characteristics of their family and the breed.
Here is an example of what I mean…
Lad, is double bred dog on the female Goldwyn. Now look at Lad, what a strong looking dog he is. To me this is a great way to breed really strong looking dogs. But, you can go much closer, father to daughter for example, this was how Hank was bred. For me, you should see clearly which line the dog came from.
I feel that type, is the death knell of any active breed, as breeding similar dogs to similar dogs just gives average similar looking dogs. Anyone reading this who has owned and bred their own line will know exactly what I am saying. Or maybe you might read this and think “Oh yeh, I hadn’t thought of it like that”? In my opinion, you have to change the shift in the genes. I think the idea of the bull and terrier meant just that…those breeders bred the terrier looking ones, with the undershot bulldog type of dogs. This way at some point you get those super active dogs with that strong muzzle! They have it all. Breed leggy dogs to leggy dogs and they become weak, and lack drive, have you ever noticed this? Or think of the Staffords of the 80’s, big bully type of dogs with big heads, were they agile, speedy and quick? Nothing wrong with dogs who are undershot, it has its advantages, trust me, and Barclay is this way. It may seem radical to some but for me, the breed standard was the biggest lie devised by folk who I think knew very little about dogs. Think about how breeding to a standard has just took everything away from all active breeds of dog, it’s backwards to how Staffords and active dogs in general, should be bred. That is just my opinion and you are entitled to yours and I am not writing this to pick arguments, just to share my experiences and my thoughts. Now back to the story…
Here is Barclay with his dam.
Having read the story of Captain Barclay, who was one of the Fancy in the 19th century, I decided to name the pup after him. Here is a pic and the link to his story and how Robert Barclay Allardice of Ury won 1000 Guineas for walking a 1000 miles in a 1000 hours! He looks a tough bugger and that was serious money in those days!!
The deal was Barclay was to be sent back with his dam back to their owner K. This I duly did and once home he was registered as Inch Island Gaiscioch. I believe this means Inch Island Warrior.
Soon after sending Barclay, or Rebel as he was called in his new home, disaster struck. Hank was diagnosed with cancer and within three weeks he was dead! It started with a Hack cough, then before we knew it X-Rays showed cancerous growths around his heart and lungs! There was nothing the vet could do. He was only 7yrs at the time. Myself and my youngest son buried him under our old apple tree. We were gutted, such a proud animal and to go so quick, left me feeling a bit lost to be honest. At least he didn’t suffer long.
I told this to K, who soon after informed me that his uncle, who I believe looked after Rebel, had also passed and so if I wanted, he would send me Rebel back!!! I was made up over this and to this day am very grateful to K for keeping his word on this matter and sending me the dog back.
The family really took to him again and he has made a super little dog. He will do everything asked of him with lots of gusto, just as it should be with this breed. Here he is playing tug of war…..
In 2018 we moved house, the one we were moving to needed quite a bit of TLC you might say, and Gary offered to put Barclay up whilst we got everything sorted. Whilst at Gary’s he was bred to two females and the pups from these matings look to be showing really good. He is now also a grandsire and it is great to see them all being placed in good homes with responsible owners.
Here is a picture of his daughter Ruby, by the first mating to Maggie. Gary owns this female and I really like the look of her.
As you can see, she is very strong-headed for a female and yet still has that athleticism in there. I feel the breed needs more females like this, Mandy and her daughter Ginger were like this and we all know Ginger produced very well indeed!
So as I look to the future, I am really optimistic that a number of readers will take on board some of my scribblings and go to really thinking hard about the breed and in what direction it goes.
I understand that the red dogs are not everyone’s cup of tea and I am not here to say they are the best out there. No line is. I feel all lines can produce really good and really bad, I should know I have owned both!! Lol. All I can say is that they have brought me a lot of pleasure down the years ….. and heartache too, but that is another story….or book! Lol.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article about this red dog and how he has come about. If you have dogs from him, well you can be proud to own a cracking dog with some of the best dogs in the breed in their pedigree. I wish you all the best with your dogs, however they are bred, enjoy them whilst you have them, you will miss them when they are gone.
A fascinating rare piece of video footage filmed in the mid 80's.
Interviewing the legendary Mr Ken Davies who is celebrating the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of South Wales first Championship show, something that Ken had worked very hard to get. The venue was in Afan Libo Abervon.
Ken in this interview also elaborates his thoughts and opinions on the changing of the old Staffordshire bull terrier standard.
Welcome to the new Riskys Staffordshire Bull Terrier Blog page.. Owners/ Founders/ Breeders Gary Bater & Chris Brand..