Congratulations to Lea Bertsch- who loves showing dogs and always takes on more than I can imagine. Lea had another successful show weekend with the four collies she took to the International All Breed Canine Association’s four shows this past weekend in Austin, TX. IABCA shows are a new type of dog show where international judges come to the show instead of dogs having to go to other countries to get an international championship. The IABCA shows use AKC judges and judges from Canada, Mexico, Europe and Australia, etc. The shows are more relaxed than AKC shows, with each dog being judged against the written standard, and receiving a written critique. Adult dogs that receive a Superior Rating by at least 3 different judges may be awarded the title of IABCA International Champion. Puppies may be awarded a junior champion title using the same criteria. 

Patton was selected best rough collie at the four shows this past weekend. He also got three herding group one’s and a RESERVE BEST IN SHOW. Very cool. Way to go Lea and Patton! I wish I had been there to see it.  Patton’s sister Maxi was awarded best of opposite sex to Patton, and got four superior ratings herself. Lea got reserve best bred by exhibitor in show with her smooth collie champion – Holder. In the end, Patton, Maxi, Holder and Reba all got four superior ratings and earned their IABCA international championships. They were all already AKC champions. Lea’s little white rough puppy girl received four superior puppy ratings to get her junior championship. It’s great to have friends and co-owners like Lea that are good at showing!

 Patton is a special boy. He is a big, pretty son of our girl Poppy (Ch Tairis A League of Her Own), and Lea’s boy – Samson (GCHG Scalloway’s Lion Hunter). Patton has been handsome since he was a little pup, but it is his temperament that is especially endearing. What a sweetie!  It only takes a few minutes to fall in love with him. Patton lives with my friend Lea Bertsch because life gets  complicated at our house when Patton’s sister, half sisters, and mother come in season.  We don’t want any unplanned breeding accidents. Lea and her husband Wayne love Patton too, and treat him like a prince. That makes it easier to deal with him not living at our house. 

We have an exciting breeding planned for Patton this fall. I hope it works out. I’d love to have a pretty Patton daughter.

UPDATE:  Lea took Patton to the AKC Austin Kennel Club shows on September 21-22, 2019. He was best of variety both days and got a Herding group 4 on Saturday! Pretty good for being in summer coat!


Patton at 2019 CCA