Altricia is my prefix, which I have held since 1967, it combines my husbands name Alan, and my own name Patricia.
I have bred Rough Collies, Shelties, Border Collies, Jack Russel Terriers and Norfolk Terriers, this keeps me very busy but I enjoy every minute of it.
They make a lovely picture running free down the fields.
The Early Days
In border collies my foundation bitch was Border Queen of Altricia who when mated to the lovely Sh Ch Melodor Flint at Dykebar produced Sh Ch Altricia Gael, when she was mated to Sh Ch Fieldbank Professional they produced our most successful brood bitch Altricia First Love. She was the dam of five show champions and RCC winners. Our most influential sire was her son Sh Ch Altricia Kev who has sired six show champions and many CC and RCC winners. Kev was Our Dogs top sire for 1987 and 1990. His son Sh Ch Altricia Merc has also sired show champions.
Undoubtedly the kennels most worthy achievement was when Sh Ch Altricia Kev became the first Border Collie of the year 1990 and his granddaughter Altricia Mercedes was best bitch at the same event. A very proud moment for us was when Kevs son Sh Ch Altricia Rosco of Terverley went BOB at Crufts in 1995 and also when Sh Ch Altricia Pandora at Dykebars daughter, Sh Ch Dykebar Future Glory won Reserve Best in Show at Crufts 1993, the highest placed Border collie ever in Crufts History.
Another proud moment was Sh Ch Altricia Wish me Luck gaining her American title and then going on to produce many American champions and can still be found in the pedigree of many top American winners today. The kennel was Our Dogs top breeders for 1988/89 and 90. Altricia First Love when mated to Sh Ch Asoka Navajho of Firelynx produced Altricia Lizette, who went on to produce the kennels other excellent dog, a tri colour Altricia Bob, who was the sire of Sh Ch Altricia Gift Wrapped and champions abroad.
Introducing Merle Colour
We took a break from the show ring to spend some time concentrating on introducing the merle colour into our line. This we did with some success, with a phone call from Alan Gray in South Africa, to say that Altricia Blue Mac had become the first blue merle Champion and also had passed his working test for sheep. We kept his brother Altricia Blue Diamond, who was one of the nicest border collies you could meet and was never shown as I couldn’t stand the thought of a black and white dog beating him.
From this day we have always kept a blue merle in our kennels, the most recent one, our new puppy
Altricia Lady Angela who went to her first show at six months of age and won best puppy in breed. Diamonds granddaughter Sh Ch and Ir Ch Altricia Cali-Fornia went on to produce when mated to Sh Ch Tonkory Palmerston at Fayken, Sh Ch Altricia Blue Whisper and her litter sister Sh Ch Altricia Fancy Free at Tudorhurst, who is one of the top winning bitches of all time. To the present day, Whisper has produced, when mated to our most recent show champion dog Altricia My Spot On, Sh Ch Altricia Promises Promises. Her tri colour sister, Altricia Promise to Tri is also a CC winner.
Another Successful Brood Bitch
Altricia Wish for Gael was another successful brood bitch. She is the mother of Sh Ch Altricia Willow and Sh Ch Altricia Love A Lot and produced when mated to Sh Ch Merrybrook Moriaty, Sh Ch Altricia Morrimint, who himself was a valuable stud dog as the sire of Altricia Lady Madge. Madge when combined with Willows son, Altricia Mister Consistant, produced one of the current top bitches Sh Ch Altricia Lady Grace at Arrodare. Madge has also produced CC winners from her other 2 litters.
Our other brood bitch is Altricia Lady Linda. We mated her to Sh Ch Miraje Soul Encounter who is also the father of Willow, and got our Sh Ch and Ir Ch Altricia Lover Boy who has given us lots of pleasure accompanying us on our Irish trips. Boy also helped to fulfil Tracey’s ambition to show a dog at the World Show, which he did travelling to France in 2011. Our Kennel was Our Dogs Top Breeder for a fourth time in 2010.
Now in our fourth decade of line breeding, although occasionally using sires from outside of our own kennels, we still maintain our established blood lines as all of our present day dogs go back to our original brood bitches. Over the years we have bred numerous dogs and bitches that have been very special to us, but far too many to mention all of them. The Show Champions not mentioned we are very proud of, Krisp at Charttop, Kelly of Charttop, Friend of Melodor, Hazie Miss, Attraction and Mercs daughter Memree of Altricia.
Family, Judging and Crufts
For many years I have travelled the length and breadth of the country going to dog shows accompanied by my daughter Tracey and more recently my granddaughter Joanna. I have judged many times both here and abroad. My first CC appointment was the LKA 1989, so when asked to judge the LKA again in 2010 I decided to make this my last judging appointment in the UK.The Euro show in 2011 was my last appointment abroad. A highlight for me was judging the Border collie bitches in 2003 at Crufts.
I have made some very good friends over the years those that share the same hobby as I do along with my husband Alan who without all his help none of this would have been possible. We both spend many happy hours with our dogs and have spent a lifetime planning our breeding programme each litter has been carefully planned for the future and I think the results can speak for themselves not just in the show ring as Altricia have produced top winning agility dogs, dogs that work sheep and an obedience CC winner.
Albert Payson Terhune
I collect collie memorabilia pictures, postcards and models, anything nice with a collie on it. I have a vast collection of books amongst them the Albert Payson Terhune collection who took to writing stories about the collie. It was a great delight to sell a border collie to an American who actually lived in the grounds of Albert Payson Terhune’s Estate. It was a surprise to him that I actually knew all about this American dog man.