What qualities distinguish your stud dog, including
conformation attributes, temperament, show career, etc.?
Clarion World Class, or Shane as he is familiarly known,
has been very influential in our breeding program. His
most important virtue is his classic headpiece. His head
is very long, especially considering that he is not a
large dog. The profile is excellent with a well-filled
skull, a beautifully placed and chiseled stop, rounded
foreface and well-finished underjaw and with absolutely
no depth of head. His lipline is very "dry"
and the throatlatch is clean, without needing any trimming
to enhance it. He has a beautiful, dark almond eye and
small, well-set ears for which he seems to be very dominant.
The profiles he produces are apparent even on his grandchildren.
Shane has a round, compact body with beautiful bend of
stifle and a correct croup and tailset. His neck is long
and well-arched. He has great presence and always carries
himself like an aristocrat. He is a picture of curves
rather than angles. He could be longer in back which would
make him a better mover.
His coat is profuse, well-fitting and of good texture
and though he was a light sable as a youngster -- with
many convinced he had to be a sable merle -- at 9 years
old, he is now a rich mahogany with lots of shading. He
is white-factored and tri-factored and has produced champions
in all colors, including white.
Shane has never been fond of the show ring and although
he is major pointed, I decided that it was wiser and much
more fun to show his get who don't share his view of dog
shows. He is a happy, outgoing, and aggressive stud, always
anxious to please me.
Please summarize in a paragraph or two your breeding
philosophy and how your stud dog fits into that philosophy.
It is my goal to produce collies that " fill the
eye." World Class is just one individual in a chain
of producers and no one stud has or produces all the virtues
that are necessary to create a family. Overall picture,
long, arched neck, correct profiles with length and cleanness
of head, gorgeous expressions and a profuse, beautifully
colored coat are the qualities I want people to envision
when they think of Clarion."Unmistakably Clarion"
is the phrase we use to define our picture. I think Shane
has proven to be an important link in carrying on our
concept of the collie, and I feel that his get will help
to perpetuate that ideal.
We have recently made several important crosses to families
of collies that we admire, and hope to incorporate their
virtues into the type of collie we picture as the ideal
in an attempt to create "perfection." Obviously,
that is an unattainable goal. But, it is the quest for
perfection that is the challenge of this hobby that consumes
so much of our life.