"MEET THE BREEDER"
Cross B Chows......Janet Burke
#1. What was your own personal
attraction to the Chow Chow as a breed?
I became interested in the Chow Breed when a neighbor invited me
over to their house to see a litter of chow puppies that were about
10 weeks old. I had never owned a dog...but I purchased a little
black boy with a crooked tail. They were so sweet and like a novice
pet owner, I thought I wanted to purchase
a female so some day so I could have one
litter. My next venture was like most novices....the newspaper...
and from an ad I purchased a lavendar
female..of course it turned out to be cinnamon....and she was a
definite pet. I realized very soon that
this was not what I wanted to do. Both of these chows were placed
with a neighbor.
Then I started my homework to find a real
chow! I purchased Sam Drapers and Joan McDonald Brearley’s "The
Book of the Chow Chow". I spent many hours looking at all the
beautiful chows and trying to learn as much as I could about the
breed and the breeders. The pedigrees did not mean a lot to me
however I quickly learned to recognize the kennels which were of
interest to me. I purchased a beautiful little female from Ahso
Fan-C Chows. I had put 6 or 8 points on her when we had the
misfortune of her loss. I went to the shows in Tulsa, OK, Kansas
City, and in Wichita. At these 3 shows I met Bullet’s sire. He
was owned by Dennis and Jennifer Bond. I was so impressed with him
that I went to the Bonds and purchased a 10 week old puppy named
Bullet. I had no idea that I had a dog that could finish his
championship so easily. He was only 7 months and 1 day old when he
finished his championship. Bullet held the title of #5 Chow Chow in
1988.....then was awarded #1 Supreme Chow Chow in 1989. I was
Bullet taught me how to show....but the most important part was
omitted. I should tell you how novice I was. Soon after Bullet
received his Ch. Title I thought I should show him as a Special. So
I entered Bullet in the Joplin, Mo and the Springfield, Mo shows.
Both days we took BOB over a well known handler. I honestly didn't
know there was a Group or a Best In Show. I packed up and left. I
am sure that Kenny Rensink thought I was some kind of a nut. This is
how NOVICE I was. Before Chows, I had
been a farmers wife, cooked for hay crews, drove a tractor in the
fields, raised 4 children and owned, operated, and worked in a
Beauty Salon for 25 yeurs. There was no time for dog shows in my
life. I was a TRUE NOVICE!
My first breeding to Ch. Barjo’s Notorious was in late 1988. Soon
after this Tory was with us permanently. We bred him to 2 of our
females, Ch. Bai-lee’s Magic Marquis and Ch. Bai-lee’s Christmas
Miss Zesy, both purchased from Doug and Pamela Bailey. I knew this
is what I wanted to start my line with. This combination was
exactly what I had been studying the pedigrees to find. Those well
known breeders that I so respected because of their accomplishments
were in these pedigrees. Another female I purchased was Ch.
Artpho’s Klanci at Cross B. Klanci also produced several champions
bred to Tory again producing consistent quality ....this assured me
that he was a stud dog!
I didn’t do many breedings with Tory outside of my kennel but he
sired over 50 Champions including BIS. Ch. Imagine the Best of
Jazz. Missy, Marquis, and Klanci were my foundation girls. Tory
was the main guy at our house for several years. I now have a 7
year old grandson of Tory who has produced excellent quality for me
as well. I give the breeders in my pedigrees the credit for my
success. The foundation was laid for me. I will not take the
credit for the many years of hard work earlier breeders have put
into their breeding programs and their expertise and knowledge of
the breed. I only take credit after several generations of holding
the good quality together. At the present time, some of my
pedigrees are 4 and 5 generations of Cross B Chows.
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Before my interview, I would like to ask one
question to those of you who will read my interview. What does the
word breeder mean to you?
To me----a breeder is one who has devoted
many years of studying and understanding pedigrees. As well as a
person who appreciates the accomplishments of the well known
breeders in our pedigrees. One who understands genetics, and has
bred several quality litters using the line they
have created. A breeder needs to have the knowledge of what will
be produced from the dogs they are dealing with. A true
breeder has produced several litters of quality dogs
and has had sleepless nights taking care of litters as well as being
a devoted person who has encountered expenses, such as, OFA, DNA,
C-Sections, food bills, building expenses, utilities and many other
unforeseen misfortunes. Simply having your name on a bitch at the
time of a breeding does not give a person the true
breeder status. It is very important to see
consistent quality coming from the kennel you may be considering
buying a puppy from.