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In the late 1960's I, like many other people started with a Rough Collie, but in the early seventies I went to a "Collie gathering' at Tilehouse where I met people that had four Smooth sable babies in their car. Needless to say I returned home with two of them. The little bitch, Treewood Golden Delight, did very well in England, gaining one CC and numerous Reserves, including Crufts 1973, before going to Sweden and then to Finland where she became an International Champion.

I purchased two more bitch puppies from the late John Liversidge, a tricolour Eng Ch Jalondas Jacanapes and a blue merle Jalonda Clochmerle. Jacanapes did very well in the show ring going Best in Show at the 1974 smooth Collie Club Show and Best of Breed at Crufts in 1975 under Mrs Kay Alexander. Badger as we called her, was purchased by Trevor and Birgit Hayward and has produced many top winners for them.

For a time I owned Kelbonnie Chan-El Gina, the American bitch by Am. Ch. Smooth Syndicate which Christine Leach imported into England in whelp to Can. Ch. Kelbonnie Goliath O'Darjoro. She was an outstanding character but unfortunately she developed pyometra so never bred another litter and spent the rest of her days being the spoilt pet of my parents. Her son Ralph of Talcott, one of the litter born in quarantine, sired an outstanding litter when put to Jalonda's Clochmerle, producing Eng. Ch. Talcott Farewell at Heronlea, Int. Ch. Talcott Follow On and Int. Ch. Talcott Fugitive. He has had a strong influence over the breed in Finland and is behind much of their stock today.

In 1981 we moved to Melbourne Australia and I continued with my breeding program. I imported from England, Aust. Ch. Foxearth Forebear at Talcott who has had a tremendous influence over the stock in Australia and Aust. Ch. Foxearth Frisson who produced some wonderful children, hence most of my stock has come down from these extremely important dogs.

At Talcott we breed for soundness, type, quality and temperament, which I believe are extremely important when breeding high quality Smooth Collies. All our puppies are eye tested and we have been lucky enough to produce lines of clear stock with selective breeding. Thank you to everyone who has helped along the way, too numerous names to mention.

Jane Doyle

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