The History of CORYDON
This is the decade when CORYDON really started to breed and exhibit seriously. We bred quite a few litters, but did not win a Challenge Certificate until the next decade. But we did win 2 Reserve CCs with CORYDON ISABELLA and 1 Reserve CC with CORYDON DON VICISTI.
We also won several Club Show Best in Show Awards. Mainly with CORYDON BELLA DONNA and CORYDON COUNTRYMAN.
The decade was again largely dominated by 2 kennels. DUNSINANE and ROKEBY.
But we saw the emergence of new breeders who were to have a big impact on the breed. These included Sandiacre and Pelido.
As can be seen, both of these dogs were by Ch Larkena Vanara Golden Victor, who unfortunately was found to have PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and he was passing it on to his children. We were very lucky in that both of these dogs were passed clear of this condition. But it did cause a lot of consternation within the breed as he was a very popular stud dog and many of his offspring were affected.
Unfortunately, some breeders tried to ignore this situation, which made matters worse as dogs were going blind at quite an early age. However Miss Osborne, who wrote a lot about the breed made it her job to publicise this condition in the breed, so forcing most of the breeders to eye test their stock.
We have tested every puppy born here since 1969. We have been very lucky as none of these puppies have ever tested positive for PRA.
Corydon Quo Vadis had Victor as his only grandsire, as we had mated Countryman’s sister to Don Vicisti. So when the news came out that Victor had this problem we decided not to use him at stud again, even though he had sired Ch Corydon Qui Vive in his only litter. He was clear of PRA, but we did not want to risk the chance that he would be able to pass on this condition. A pity as he could have been a value for the breed at stud.