REGISTER OF MERIT
By Gayle Kaye, ROM statistician
SIRES and DAMS Pre-1960
Many of the great producers of the past
cannot compare or equal the numbers produced by today's top sires
and dams. In the past, due to various factors, the opportunities
for showing and finishing champions were not as great as they
are today. Perhaps the biggest difference is numbers. In 1921
there were 40 dog shows, resulting in 9 Collies that finished
their championship. In 1933 there was a total of 86 dog shows
and only 19 Collies finished their championship. Compare these
figures with todays numbers!!! Currently there are close to 1300
dog shows a year and approximately 350 Collies now complete their
championships yearly!!! The early dogs and bitches cannot be judged
in the same manner as those of today. Many of the early sires
and dams didnt have the opportunities that exist today,
due to frozen semen and shipping, as well as other factors such
as, general care, veterinarian medicine, food and drugs! As a
result, many of them will not qualify for REGISTER OF MERIT status.
Yet, it is an honor they most richly deserve! In spite of early
limitations, many of these Collies were influential and played
major roles in the creation of the American Collie and the evolvement
of American bloodlines. For example, Eng. Ch. Magnet, is a dog
to whom all American Collies trace. Although he sired only 2 American
champions, (neither of which is important to todays Collie),
he remains one of the breeds most influential sires. Another
example is the American-bred Ch. Future of Arken who sired only
5 champions. In spite of this limited number, two of his champion
sons are responsible for the evolution of two major sire lines.
One of the most important sires for the early smooth Collie was
Ch. Glengyle Smooth Sailing, who sired only 9 champions. And finally
there is the noted mother of the American Collie,
Ch. Halbury Jean of Arken who was the dam of 6 champions! Because
of this, a different system is being used for determining REGISTER
OF MERIT status for these Pillar sires and dams.
The cutoff year for the Pillar Sires and
Dams is 1960. These Collie are not being judged on the numbers
alone, but rather on their significant contributions that were
made in establishing American bloodlines or as a stepping stone
in the creation of those families. The acronym ROM-PS will be used for
pillar sires and ROM-PD for pillar dams.
For a list of the Pillar SIRES
and DAMS, please click the blue writing!
Please e-mail Chelscolly@aol.com.
- Any comments, suggestions,
corrections or omissions?
- Gayle Kaye, PO Box 24368, San
Jose, CA 95154
- 408-559-1572 (phone)
- 408-371-0415 (FAX)
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