THE STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER CLUB
of the U.S.A.
BULLETIN No. 16
February 4, 1972
A. Members please note that
Al Brown has now assumed the honorary title of President Emeritus
following his decision to step down from the active Presidency due to failing health.
Vice President Joe Orday has pressing personal reasons for not being able to step
into the higher office, so it is the consensus opinion of the Board of
Directors to wait until the April-May elections to fill the vacancy.
B. Cohn Smith announces from
his new temporary residence in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, that
the uncertainty of his occupational tenure there makes it impossible
for him to commit himself definitely to judge the previously announced SBTC/USA
Show in late April or early May. Rather than have a judge with lesser credentials
in the Breed, the show will be cancelled, but it is hoped that Cohn and his wife
Kirsti will be able to make a judging trip to our shores soon.
C. Six new Members have
joined our ranks since the last Bulletin. They are:
Raymond Brown, 4204-132nd Ave. N.E., Bellevue, Washington 98005
Dr. Margaret Origsby, 3256 Chestnut St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20015
Charles Hodges, 501 Williams Blvd., Kenner, Louisiana 70062
Tim Sluyter, Rt. # 2, Ashland, Nebraska
Justean Sparks, Rt. # I Box 30, West Liberty, Iowa 52736
Meridith Spiehs, 232 Madison, Elkhorn, Nebraska 68022
This brings SBTC/USA Membership to a total of 112 in fiscal 1971, the first
ten months of operation as a Nebraska non-profit corporation.
The Board of Directors has agreed that the SBTC/USA fiscal year should
begin on March 1st every year to avoid dunning Members for dues during
the year-end holidays. Annual dues of $5.00 will be due as of March 1,
1972, for all except those new Members listed above. Please send to:
Treasurer Sam Farris
2331 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Secretary Steve Stone
1006 Dogwood Circle
Bellevue, Nebraska 68005
D. Another new item included
in Club services is the SBT sweatshirt! They come in either light blue
with gold flocking or white with red-crimson flocking that reads: "happiness
is a warm STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER puppy", the text of which is centered
around a Stafford head. They are real eye-catchers, and the first batch went quickly.
They come in all sizes (please state color preference) and are first-quality washable
products, available for $5.50 each, postpaid. Members may still obtain the traditional
Stafford collar for $8.00. Mr. Gordon's three books can be ordered from England
via the Club for $5.00 (the new book), $6.50 (the encyclopedia), and $2.50
(the Foyles book). Subscriptions to The Stafford magazines, published
quarterly in England, can be obtained at $2.25 for regular mail and
$5.00 for air mail. If you wish any of these, send your money to
Secretary Steve Stone.
E. Levy Jones in Minneapolis
reports a smallish litter of two brindle bitches, both already spoken
for, while Bob Sarafin in Cleveland reports a smallish litter of two dogs, one
brindle and one red, sired by his Orday's Tombstone ex his red bitch Trugrip
Big Nose Kate. Preston Cook's litter of five has dwindled to a pair of
dog pups, one brindle and a fine all-white. Irma Rosenfield's litter of
nine (!) has been whittled down to two, a fawn dog and a fawn bitch.
Jim Gray of Iowa City reports a fine litter of two dark brindle bitches
and three dark brindle dogs from his Bearcats Bellefire and sired by Rossisle Merely
A Monarch ("Butch") of recent theatrical repute. A couple of other
litters are scheduled and will be reported when "finalized".
F. A group of Eastern
fanciers, the great majority of them Members of both the SBTC/USA and
the SBTC/A, are in the process of founding an Eastern Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Club, a local organization whose purpose will be to give Eastern Staffanatics
a focal point of attention and help in their own area. This enterprise
definitely fills a vacuum there, being as they are so far removed from
Nebraska and California.
In all candor, it must be admitted that their decision to band together was
spurred on by the methods employed in the recent (Jan. 1972) SBTC/A
election in California. In them, nominations were accepted by the
membership at large. But after they were in (five for President, six
for Vice-President, etc.), a "nominating committee" appointed by
that Board made its own selections and sent out a ballot that contained
only the name of one candidate per office - and no space for a
write-in. (A "quorum" of incumbent Californians was
The Eastern fanciers will meet at the home of Ed Rowland, 125 Split Rock
Lane, Park Ridge, New Jersey, 07656, on March 15th to establish the
Club formally. It will operate strictly as a local club but all
interested Stafford persons are invited to join. The SBTC/USA greets
this local enterprise with enthusiasm and hopes that others will follow suit.
G. Recent correspondence with
Mr. John Brownell, Vice President of the American Kennel Club, stresses
that no Stafford club has any official status with AKC. Further, the AKC
does not appreciate the fragmentation of the SBT movement in this country and would
like to see unification. At Mr. Brownell's behest, the first, second, and last
paragraphs of his letter of July 16, 1971, are quoted:
"Dear Mr. Stone:
I was disappointed to receive your letter of June 23 and all the
enclosures. We know that disagreements occur all too frequently in many
clubs. It may be that if the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of the
U.S.A. must have its troubles, it is better that they should occur at
this early stage, when the club has hardly gotten off the ground, so that the
members can learn from their experience and avoid repetition of the same kind
of thing when the club has grown large and more important.
The American Kennel Club is most firmly convinced from long experience,
that it is no solution for some of the members to go out and organize a
second club of a similar nature, when differences arise within a club.
Of course at this stage there is no Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club that
has any official status with AKC. From our point of view the most
important function of the club has been the maintenance of registration
records and Stud Book records. It would be most unfortunate for the
future of the breed if you should start a separate registry, and if some Staffordshire
Bull Terriers were registered with one organization, while others were registered
with a different one. Frankly we think it is particularly inappropriate and confusing
to start a new corporation in Nebraska with the same identical name as the corporation
in California. I am quite certain that the American Kennel Club will not deal equally
with the Nebraska organization, as it has in the past with the organization
based in California."
The AKC viewpoint at that time was quite understandable, although in all
fairness it must be pointed out that the AKC had never had to deal with
the Californians in the same way that we had to. Nevertheless, several
attempts---all futile---to come to an agreement were made by the
SBTC/USA in relation to the SBTC/A in California. The AKC was advised
of these efforts, and on December 28, 1971, Mr. Brownell sent a letter,
the latter part of which is quoted:
"...there is no Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club that has any official
status with AKC, and would not be until or unless the breed were
accepted for registration and for regular classification at dog shows.
As you know, we do correspond informally with clubs representing breeds
that have not been admitted to the Miscellaneous Class at dog shows,
and even with clubs representing breeds that have not been admitted to the Miscellaneous
Class. In each case, however, we are dealing with a club rather than with some
particular individual. We expect that the officers will change from time to
time, but we look for continuity in the club itself.
We do appreciate the fact that you have made positive proposals for
unification, and sincerely hope that this may be accomplished before
The SBTC/USA was reorganized as a Nebraska non-profit corporation by the
very persons who originally founded it in California because of the
utter impossibility of "doing business" with the California
group. In the ten months that have elapsed since then, the
Staffordshire situation has been radically altered.
Anyone can plainly see that one strong Staffordshire Bull Terrier club is
better for the Breed than two less-strong ones. Anyone should be able
to see that the Breed cannot advance much further with the AKC until
the situation is sorted out.
The SBTC/USA dedicates itself to continuing the work towards unifying the
fragmented Staffordshire Bull Terrier movement in this country within a
framework of genuine American institutional democracy.
H. Members will find three
1. A printed page containing
two photographs. The top photo is of Ch. Godfrey's Pride, Ch. Della of
Impkin, and Ch. Godella's Pride---the first father, mother, son Champion trio
in the breed. As noted, it is also a study in coat-color heredity. The sire is
an all-white with black-brindle head markings, showing that he is
really a black-brindle in color. The dam is a nearly solid fawn,
showing that she has the factor for the expression of a coat color. The
brindle is dominant for color and the dam's self-color factor is dominant.
When linked, they produced a black-brindle son with nice white markings. Somewhere
in there, there's a lesson for certain breeds. The second photo is of the great
Ch. Eastaff Danom. Rare is the Stafford in this country that does not have
Danom anywhere in a five-generation pedigree---some have him quite
close-up and many have been line-bred to this grand dog. Danom was the
son of another great stud dog, Ch. Goldwyn's Leading Lad and Ch. Linda
of Killyglen, a great brood bitch. Danom left his stamp indelibly on
the Breed all over the world.
2. A letter from Ed Rowland
to Frank McNolty in reply to the latter's missive published in the
previous Bulletin. The letter speaks for itself
3. A table of puppies'
weights, plagiarized from the Spring 1956 issue of The Stafford magazine.
Not every prospective litter owner realizes that he should buy or borrow a good
set of kitchen scales to weigh the pups with systematically, as Mrs. Cassels
did. A pup's weight is perhaps one of the best indicators of his
well-being, and a pup who does not gain or even possibly loose weight
needs help, possibly Veterinary help, FAST.
Ch. Godfrey's Pride (sire) - Ch.
Della of Impkin (dam) - Ch.
Godella's Pride (son)
A study in coat color heredity.
Ch. Eastaff Danom
Sire of eleven champions in England - six bitches and five dogs of all
(Letter from Ed Rowland)
Dear Mr. McNolty,
I read with the greatest of interest your letter to the SBTC/USA, printed
in the latest Bulletin. Some of your views are certainly provocative,
but honest, I believe.
I could not resist the temptation to put pen to paper, and as a fellow
member with some views of my own to make you aware of them.
Let me say that I am also a member of the Los Angeles-based club or
"enigma" as you so humorously put it; however, before you
crush my letter into a ball at this point and throw it away, please
hear me out.
My credentials in the Breed are not lengthy compared to some I know, but I
do have an overwhelming desire to keep the Stafford as physically and
mentally equipped for his original purpose as is possible in this day
and age, of people who think it sport to hunt a small fox with horse
and hounds but consider it cruel for two fit matched dogs to have a five-minute
"roll" as you put it yourself.
I have spent many years studying the pros and cons in my mind---by this I
mean, should I accept the fact that the Stafford will go the road of
other breeds accepted as "camp" in the show rings of the
world, the Cocker being just one of many as you pointed out. The picture
on the cover of Dog World was a good example of the depths to which that fine all-around
hunting dog has been cast. One would need the hands of a faith healer to find the
dog under all that finery.
The incident that made up my mind that this would not happen took place
some six years ago when I had been in this country a little more than a
year. I was fully settled with my wife and children in New Jersey and
decided once more that I would like to have a Stafford, having had fond
memories of them from England where my brother, Dennis, is a Championship
Show judge of the old school.
Naive as I was at the time, I thought that the Stafford was recognized in
this country and was all set to have my brother send one, then found
out the truth. "Well, no matter," thought I after reading a
little background on the AmStaff, "I shall own one of them and be
able to show." I considered that the background of the dog was
practically the same, so with visions of the proud fear-nothing
Staffords I had known in England flitting across my mind, I contacted a
Mr. Clifford Ormsby in New York state and bought a bitch.
Well, she turned out to be tall and rangy, not short and cobby, and her
head was snipey instead of powerful. I forgave her, thinking, never
mind the show ring, there is still the priceless temperament left. Boy,
was I ever wrong. I kept her five years or so as a pet but had to put
her to sleep when she finally fulfilled my suspicions when she ran from a large
shepherd-mix dog that came into my garage one night and threatened the safety
of my family. I had to kick that dog out myself, and that was enough
for me, the straw that broke the camel's back, you might say.
All this you may find long-winded, but it was the factor that decided me to
get a Stafford from England last year, and right proud of him I am. He
is now 17 months old and a credit to the Breed. He is so tractable,
unless threatened or challenged, that I am training him for Obedience.
The idea I would like to put to you is one which was advanced by Mr. Reid
Randall in a recent issue of The Stafford magazine. His letter took the
form of declining to join the California club, and he went on to tell
why. He further put forth a view which intrigues me, namely, to hold
some kind of open test, standardized, to prove at least in part the courage
of any dogs that are to be bred from.
What do you think of this line of thought? Have you any ideas as to what
form such tests could take?
I would agree with your views discouraging willy-nilly breeding in this
country at this time, having seen first-hand in this part of the
country already what the results may be.
I myself am waiting patiently for my brother to acquire for the me right
bitch from England, but would not go so far as to suggest a moratorium
on domestic breeding with just the exception of a few old hands as you
put it. You know, an awful lot of "lemons" are bred and sold
in England by "old hands", too.
However, I must agree with you that some of the rank amateurs in this
country are unwittingly in the process of really dragging the Breed
down, by apologizing for its past and by breeding specimens incapable
of carrying out the original intent.
All this, then, is the reason why I intend to try to voice my views with
the show ring fraternity: to try to help educate some of these
well-intentioned but uninformed amateurs because like it or not all
these dogs will bear the name of the genuine article, the Staffordshire
Bull Terrier, and unless informed people like yourself do something about
it and make themselves heard in the American show ring, these same misinformed
amateurs will come to constitute the vocal majority of Stafford owners
and, not versed in Stafford lore, will breed rubbish.
Why, indeed, calmly let the L.A. people breed ten litters to our one? Let
me repeat, they will still be called Staffords, sold to the public that
way, and eventually degenerate into lap-dogs. No, I say let's fight
these people in the show ring with a better-bred dog, quietly confident
in the knowledge that he'll come through when the chips are down.
Well, Mr. McNolty, as you can see, I am no writer; but please let me assure
you that all my views are given with the welfare of the genuine
Stafford at heart. I would be most interested to hear from you, so