A BREEDER PROFILE by Nancy Anstruther

Interview with Len & Shirley Perry (Page 3)

Ch Omega Going Solo
April's Page
. Am.Ch. Omega Twin Oaks Smash Hit, who produced Ch. Twin Oaks Lawman, -Ch. Omega's Theme Song produced Am.Can.Ch. Omega Going In Style, CCA Winners Bitch 1988, CCA Reserve WD 1992, and a Kem Memorial Sweeps winner, - Ch. Omega's Darcana Design produced Am.Can.Ch. Darcana Counterpoint multi-Best In Show winner,
-Am.Can Ch. Omega Sabelin Highway Man produced several champions including Ch. Omega's Black Jack who sired multiple Specialty show winning offspring. - Omega's Love Song produced Am.Can.Ch. Omega's Custom Design, CCA RW X2, -Omega Class Act has produced five champions to date including a Kem Memorial 1stand 2nd place sweeps winner. While this is not a complete list, it shows that the offspring from Am.Can.Ch. Sandpiper's Solitaire and Ch. Twin Oaks Joker's Wild has continued to produce quality winning dogs for Omega and other kennels.

Do you feel that you have created a line or look that defines Omega and if so, how many generations did it take to achieve it? What are the qualities you must have in a dog you keep?

Yes, I believe we have created a look that defines Omega through the above listed breedings. I believe this took three generations. An Omega Collie excels in overall balance and type, length of head and flat back skull with no depth and melting expressions. This, combined with their natural showmanship, is what stamps the Omega look.

Can.Am.Ch. Omega Custom Design
Echo's Page

"The Total Dog" is what we aim for. In order to strive for and adhere to the breed standard, one should always look for the total dog, but in order to achieve this, the head qualities and expression are of great importance, for this is what stamps that unique look that sets collies apart from all other breeds. The Breed standard states: "Expression is one of the most important points in considering the relative value of the collie."

You travel and show in the United States extensively and have attended many nationals, both in the U.S. and in Canada. Do you feel that the opportunity to see many dogs in many parts of the country has helped you to achieve or set your goals?

Yes, attending Nationals has been educational for us. Everyone that is interested in breeding should try to attend these events. Having the opportunity to see other bloodlines and to draw on the experience of well-established breeders is important particularly during the early stages of developing a line. In the early years of showing, it helped us to determine what we wanted and provided us with the opportunity to find the appropriate stud dog to achieve this. Nationals offer seminars and other educational events that can be of great benefit to all, novices and experienced breeders included.

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