The Alphington Rough Collies
Before the Alphington name for Rough Collie dogs became protected by the Rough Collie Breed Council in the early 1990s it was owned and used by two generations of the Newberry family.
It was in the late 1920s that the Alphington Collies first came to prominence with a blue merle dog called Alphington Blue Jester bred by Mr C. F Pyle 'Glenack'. Alphington Blue Jester had a particularly heavy coat for a merle and as with all the Alphington Collies he was shown at all the best shows. His awards included: five firsts at the Bristol Ch. Show; eight firsts at the Royal Cornwall Show and several specials and a cup for the best non-sporting dog or bitch in the show; four firsts at the Exeter show plus a silver cup for the best novice dog or bitch in the show; one first at the Cardiff Show and also a special for best Collie in the show. His stud fee was three guineas.
Alphington Merrymaid who started out in life being called Seedley Snack was the first champion from the kennels. As with all the early Alphington stock she was a combination of Seedley and Ashtead breeding.
Other winners during the late 1920s were Sedgemond Sweet Lavender, another blue merle who was a winner at most of the leading shows including five firsts at Crufts in 1928. Alphington Baron was a sable and white and won five firsts, his stud fee was £3 3s. Alphington Primrose a sable and white won many firsts and Alphington Poppy another sable and white won two firsts at the Minehead Show, four at the Barnstaple Show and four at the Cardiff Show.
The Alphington name was associated with blue merles in the early days but the name will always be remembered for the sable and white's which included such famous dogs as Alphington Safeguard, Diamond King, Aristocrat and Achievement. Alphington, Achievement gained his title in 1938.
As Alphington had a comparatively isolated location and the Newberry family had farming connections during the Second World War the Newberry's were able to maintain a more viable kennel than many other pre-war owners. This ensured that by the end of the war they were in a far better position to provide both show and breeding stock.
The general soundness of the Alphington line had maintained its purity over almost three decades, which explained why Alphington Collies were the frequent choice for experienced breeders in the late 1940s and early 1950s. It was actually reported in 1950 that the Alphington Collies were true Collie types with a beautiful clean-cut head with perfectly placed and carried ears. At this time Mr Alfred Newberry helped his mother and the star Collie at the kennels was Alphington . . . King who was a six-year-old tri-coloured dog. He was home bred and his father was Alphington Land Boy and his mother Alphington Honeymoon. It was reported that he won his 'spurs' at the Metropolitan and Essex Show and the Richmond and Stockton-on-Tees Show. Mrs Newberry's favourite Collie was Alphington Golden Boy, a golden sable and white, and he was her constant companion. He had gained a considerable number of wins and had stood at stud for a fee of £5 5s.
Also in 1950 a 12-year-old Collie, Alphington Carnation, was spending her retirement at Marsh Barton Farm, Alphington Venture and Alphington Orange Girl accompanied her. Alphington Orange Girl was a winner herself and had been fathered by Alphington Golden Boy.
Other Alphington Collies included Alphington Sable Queen, Alphington Sincere, Alphington Modesty, Alphington Fair Girl, Alphington Fiona, Alphington Model Boy, Alphington Classic who was a best in show winner; Alphington Angela and Alphington Sandy Boy.
In 1951 the Alphington Collies did not appear at shows quite so much due to Mrs Newberry's ill health, however, results from the shows that were attended are as follows: Alphington Wise Girl, a sable colour, was reserve CC at Paignton Show; Sombresextion o'Shield a tri-colour received two CC. At this time the Alphington Collies were housed at the spacious kennels at The Villa, home of Mrs Newberry's son while Mrs Newberry resided at Newlands.
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