Tara’s Danger Mouse DNA-VP
DOB 1.20.18 / ASCA E204684 / AKC DN56623902
Normal/clear genetic panel, DNA Verified Parentage, Eyes clear
First off, whats up with the name, “Danger Mouse?” – I seem to have a theme of naming my dogs aggressive things so we thought we’d soften it. It’s from a British Cartoon I watched when I was a kid. It will all make sense if you watch the opening video:
So, there you go.
Danger’s litter was produced with an eye of producing future breeding dogs that would concentrate power and confidence of his granddam to the next generation of Aussies. I also looked to improve temperament by making him a more friendly than his granddam and dam.
I waited a long time to breed his dam because I just wasn’t sure if I was being kennel blind but once I decided I was not, I knew that the next step was to find a dog that she was not: a proven using dog. There aren’t a lot out there that I like. I don’t see a lot of dogs at Nationals I like, so it was really hard to find a sire that fit the bill while still wasn’t a total outcross because we were still just a few generations in and I wanted to maintain the style I had been building on. There are some people that say you just breed two dogs whose style compliments them and go from there but I just have seen too much about how things pop up in families to think that will bring any consistency.
It was a tough choice but the dog I settled on for his sire was a using dog owned by the husband of a woman who’s become my mentor, Sarah Martin. She’s a rancher in Canada who understands exactly what I’m looking for as well as the pain points I have about homes, Aussie politics, and the need for consistency in a line. If she felt Rush was a good fit for Rippa after our discussions, I decided it was.
I’m pretty proud to say that he and his litter brother to be delivering on my requests.
As a super bonus, he also seems to be put together exceptionally well. I was biking him around Nationals and he was catching people’s eyes with his movement. I’ve had a few ASCA Breeder Judges get their hands on him and be very impressed with what they see. When he matures out a bit and grows some hair, it might be fun to see if a little ranch dog can get a Championship in conformation.
We’ve had him on goats, sheep, and cattle and he is a lot of dog, but that’s what I wanted and was hoping for. He works naturally wide and has an exceptional amount of feel for his stock when he’s thinking. Solid sense of group, plenty of grit and appropriate bite. Lots of independent thinking, changes tact depending on what he wants. I haven’t put a lot of commands on him yet, but so far he’s oozing natural talent. STRONG drive to work and no quit. He gets insecure when I start to teach him new things or put him in a new sitation but I like that – his granddam would just push through her way and his dam would quit me if she didn’t get it. The insecurity is a nice tool for helping me step back and reassess without getting us into trouble. He’s making me a better handler.
Here’s a video of him working close up in an arena:
Here he is on his second or third cattle exposure with his sire’s owner handling:
He’s just turning 2 and I’m pretty confident he’s going to be up for stud. I’m going to get his hips and elbows done and then I’ll probably collect him since I don’t have any bitches and he and his brother are the end of the line.
The next step is to find a bitch that compliments what I’ve been doing to bring home to breed him to and start phase 2 of my plan: actually getting these dogs out to ranchers with more consistent litters.