We live on 5 private fresh waterfront acres surrounded by conservation trails and land on beautiful Cape Cod. Its a doggie paradise! We had been long time breeders of the Miniature Australian Shepherd from back in the day before the AKC accepted the breed (now the MIniature American Shepherd). Our focus was to produce a friendly dog with a little less herd drive, for families of the Northeast that did not live on ranches. We never considered breeding “doodles” of any kind.
In 2016, I had just completed graduate school for counseling. Research indicating the high efficacy rate of emotional support dogs working along side counselors in their practice had intrigued me. I began to dream of producing a highly specialized dog that could fulfill this vision. Little did i know my path would change dramatically because of my meeting one little curly dog.
When a family relative asked me for help in selecting dogs for her labradoodle breeding program, i discovered the sweet natured Australian Labradoodle. Intrigued by the claims that they were bred for service, I acquired my first one, and was over the moon in love with his unique born in traits for focus and eye contact, and desired to share this treasure with the world. I decided to breed Australian Labradoodles, and over time, realized that they weren’t all like my first dog in temperament. Some were lovely in nature, but without the necessary traits of intuition and eye contact. Thus began my breeding program, which aims to restore the highly valued original traits of the breed.
In 2016, I joined the MDBA, a worldwide registry which was working to create a pure breed, the Australian Cobberdog, from the rescued precious lines of the Australian Labradoodle. The genetics of today’s Cobberdogs include bloodlines not found in the Australian Labradoodle, so they are not the same breed. In compliance with the MDBA’s rules, our dogs were then titled, Australian Cobberdogs, and became a part of the developing breed’s gene pool. After two years, and rising philosophical differences, we made the difficult decision that developing that breed was not the right path for us.
We learned much in the way of selection and breeding on our journey, and we continue to share what we have developed in what we believe is the best dog on the planet.
We think you’ll agree!