BREEDER: Tara     Location: San Luis Obispo, CA

Lister: Kristin Horowitz

Whelp Date: 1/20/2018

Puppies:  Blue merle male, red merle male

Sire: WTCH Twin Oaks No Bull Rush   Dam: Tara’s Lil Rippa STDcsd

Sire Pedigree: WTCH Twin Oaks No Bull Rush (Twin Oaks Skippty Scoot STDs x WTCH Twin Oaks Tuff Zippin PATDc)

Dam Pedigree: Tara’s Lil Rippa  STDcsd (WTCH Birch Hollow’s Habenero OFTDs RTDcs HRDIIs x C-Me Fury and The Mire of Tara STDcd RS-E JS-E GS-O CD)


Only one puppy will be available.

I am hoping that these dogs will be strong cattle dogs, not recommended for novices to the breed or working Aussie, or pet homes. While they will have the intelligence, drive, and biddability to succeed in other dog sports or in trials, my emphasis is on preserving the power that Rippa brings by pairing her with a dog that has the same and has been tested as a working ranch dog.

  • Qualities I’m looking for with this litter: confidence, ability to work independently without a lot of commands and make good choices, power and desire to handle difficult stock.
  • They will likely be reserved with strangers, protective of their property and family, and have bite to them when working.
  • Available only to a working ranch or farms and fellow or aspirant breeder looking to produce ranch dogs.
  • The dogs should turn on to stock fairly soon and be a useful ranch hand earlier than some slower maturing lines, but do need some time to grow up before using for chores.
  • It is paramount to us that your working partner stay as useful for as long as possible, so we look for sound animals with healthy and long lived backgrounds.

About the parents:

Rush’s trial exposure has been limited because he’s a using dog on a working cattle dog. He WTChd in two weekends and is very competitive because he has a lot of experience and grip to back it up. He comes from a line of some of the best west coast working dogs around, fused with the lines that I’ve based my foundation on. He’s going to be bringing in the blood of some California breed greats to the lines I already have, and along with that a very friendly temperament to balance Rippa’s more strong reserve and a looser eye to Rippa’s harder one. Both dogs work by putting a lot of pressure on the cattle and use bark occasionally to move them before gripping. Both dogs hit heads and heels – Rush more heels and Rippa more heads, but fairly balanced in both of them. Rush has a couple litters on the ground, and the pups he’s produced are soft to handlers, keen to work, snappy, natural outruns, and have easy train-ability.

Click to see his working video library.

This is RIppa’s only litter. I recently sent her to Sherry Baker for training because I wanted to know what a good handler could do with her. She came back with a lot nicer balance and a lot of fine tuning I hadn’t been able to get on her. She told me that Rippa reminds her of what she thinks her best cowdog Zippin would have been like with a novice trainer. That comment, along with the results of her training made me confident that she can add something to the breed. In her early days, I was told she could be a finals contender, but I have a long way to go to train to that level.

Both dogs have had standard genetic testing done along with hip and elbow x-rays and have come back healthy. We can supply further details as needed.

Click to see her working video library. This isn’t a great video, but it’s the best I’ve got. You can see what she was like about two years ago before I sent her for training in it. The whole library shows first exposures and I think you can see a lot there.

For more info, check out the full litter description here. 

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