Tuesday, 07 May 2013 20:09

Cronus: A Stud Dog

This is a story about a stud dog we never met, alas, but who had an influence on many breeding programs, including our own.

The dog is Ch. Cronus v d Seekbacher-Ho from the 1970s. Cronus was inbred on the famous Ch Titan Von Mallen, being a Titan grandson on his mother's side and a Titan great-grandson on his father's side. However, he was of a different style than Titan and more like Titan's sire, Ch Lance's Robin Hood (who was an important stud in his own right).

One must understand that in the 60s and 70s, there were many, many Saints with terrible, straight rears. So it seems perfectly understandable why so many breeders of that time would want to breed to Cronus, who was clearly heavily angulated in the rear. While the Standard calls for "moderate" rear angulation, and a "level" topline, the sloping topline presented here was certainly stylish. The nice length of neck and of leg adds dignity of the overall, clean outline.

Clearly the judges of the time agreed that Cronus was a handsome dog and he earned a place in the Hall Of Fame for winning at least ten specialties, at a time when such specialties often had over 100 entries. (Here he is being stacked by Paul Hamish of the Sugar Run kennels of Ohio.)

However, it is not his show record that impresses so much as his record as a stud. Cronus is one of the all-time producers of champions in the history of the breed and one of a select few who got to the "25 Plateau of Excellence" with 24 AKC CHs and 1 CDX. 

Some of the kennels that used this dog included: Van Rijn, Waughmar, Sugar Run, Twin Oak, Scottandra (Canada), A Lee, Swisswoods,  and Alpcrown. He sired some 23 litters and clearly had a widespread influence on the breed, especially in the Central and Eastern parts of the country. 

 When our friend, the late Jim Downey, bred his Can Ch Valais' Asta v Scottandra to Cronus he got a handsome smooth boy, Can Ch Scottandra's Rocket. Rocket was the sire of our Can Ch Benbaron's Energizer V Rocket. And Energizer was the sire of our Am Can Ch Benbaron's Yondo Von Gizer. (Who now has 25 AKC champions to his credit.)

So we see how the genes of great studs get passed on down through the generations. Good on you, Cronus!

 

 

 

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