by Betty Barton
reprinted from: Newfoundland Greats Newf Tide 1976
In any breed of dogs, a few come along that rise above all others as being great. There are many ways by which a dog’s greatness may be measured. The most valued qualities in our beloved Newfoundland breed are, his affection, loyalty and companionship to his family. However, most people tend to talk about two other aspects in dogs, his show record and his ability to produce quality offspring that keep the breed going forward, always striving for the "ideal".
The Newfoundland fancy has been fortunate in that many famous sires have helped to move the breed forward. There are three dogs however, that come to the forefront and lead all others in the number of American Champions of Record that they have sired, as published in AKC Purebred Dogs from 1944 - 1975. They are, EDENGLEN'S TUCKER (27), CH. EDENGLENS BEAU GESTE (25) and CH. SHIPSHAPE'S CUTTY SARK (23).
In order that we may all truly appreciate what these sires have accomplished, the next ten leading dogs for the above time period are: CH. EDENGLEN'S BANNER (16), INT. CH. NEWTON (15), DRYADS BOUNTY (14), CH. DRYADS GEORGE (14), CH. LITTLE BEARS CANICULA CAMPIO (13), CH. LITTLE BEARS ROARING MAIN (12), DRYADS GOLIATH OF GATH (12), CH. DRYADS SEA ROVER (12), CH. JACK THE RIPPER (12), and CH. CARR'S BLACK SAM OF BETHWARD (12). One may readily understand why I entitled my article "Newfoundland Greats", since TUCKER, BEAU and SCOTTY'S accomplishments exceed all the other top sires by a good margin.
Top honors go to EDENGLENS TUCKER, bred and owned by Bill and Helena Linn of Edenglen Kennels. Affectionately called "Tuck" by those who know and love him, celebrated his 10th birthday last August, and has produced 27 American Champions, with many more on their way to championships. His sire was, Dryads Goliath of Gath, and "Golly" has earned his place as one of the top sires. Tuck's dam was Ch. Dryads Christine of Glenora, one of the two foundation bitches for Edenglen Kennels. Bill and Helena seriously started breeding in 1961, just 15 short years ago when they acquired Christine and Nancy from the prominent Dryad Kennels, and Bill and Helena thus far have bred 55 home champions, a most enviable record. I inquired once as to why Tuck did not compete at the shows and 'Bill said that Tuck had attended one show and hated it, so he was never shown again. At 10, Tuck could come out on the circuit and give any dog a run for the ribbons. One has to see him to fully appreciate the meaning of a sound Newfoundland, in every sense of the word. His movement alone is that of a two year old. I have been fortunate in seeing Tuck clear a 6' high fence and in seeing him service a bitch. As a stud, I would find it hard to imagine any other dog being able to surpass his deftness.
Tuck has a fabulous head, with a soft expression and has been a dominant sire in producing sound typey Newfoundlands. A few he has sired are: Ch. Edenglen's Lady Rebecca, who is one of the top Newfoundland dams and her brother, Ch. Edenglen's Ursa Minor is a group placer. Who will forget the incredible beauty of Ch. Indigo's Charlie Brown and the typey Ch. Edenglen's Heidi Bear, a top-winning bitch in the sixties? Litter mates, Ch. Edenglen's Penelope and Ch. Rammadas Prince a group placer, are two more of his quality offspring. Tuck has produced his 27 Champions from just 10 bitches, Ch. Dryads Nancy of Glenora, Ch. Edenglens Becky, Edenglens Jenny Reitell, Edenglens Libby, Edenglens Eve of Edgehill, Harbour Beem Ethie, Ch. Indigo's Point Judith, Ch. Molly B of Newton Ark, Springfields Lady June Gray and Wanaka's Liebchen, a fine record for any dog.
I hope that by stating this, I have impressed upon at least one person, that although a dog possessing a CH in front of his name is an· indication of quality and everyone’s dream, never overlook those who do not; for it has been proven by Tuck, that sometimes they do not go hand in hand. My best wishes and love to EDENGLEN'S TUCKER, for he has earned the highest honor that may be bestowed on a Newfoundland, the all time top sire in the history of the breed.
Second place honors go to CH. EDENGLEN'S BEAU GESTE, bred by Bill and Helena Linn and owned by Bob & Fran Dibble. Beau passed away in the spring of 1975 shortly before his 12th birthday, and he has produced 25 American Champions. His sire was Ch. Dryads Sea Rover, who has earned his place among the top sires, and his dam was Ch. Dryads Nancy of Glenora, who is the second place Newfoundland dam, Beau was the only dog of the top three that I did not see, but I have had the pleasure of seeing many of his progeny. If I had to pick one dog responsible for putting Newfoundlands on the map in California, I would have to choose Beau. He not only was a champion who came from the veterans class at the age of 8 to win BOB at a west coast specialty show under Bea Godsol, but his ability to produce sound typey Newfoundlands will be felt for many generations. Beau produced another of the top Newfoundland sires, Ch. Dryads George and the famous BOB winner at the 1972 National, Ch. Dryads Tambaram of Cayuga.
Beau was a multiple group placer and he produced his 25 Champions from fifteen bitches, Ch. Dryads Anthony Penelope, Barbara Allen's Tekakwitha, Barbara Allen's Briney Deep, Ch. Edenglens Debbie, and Ch. Edenglens Eloise. Ch. Little Bears Chulavista, Ch. Dryads Kleine Baer, Ch. Harbor Beem L'Anse AuClair, Shade of Ire, Ch. Tranquilus Diamond Lil, Dryads Helen of Troy, Tranquilus Sheba, Oronacahs Josephine, Holloways Dark Angel and Halirocks Gay Abandon. CH. EDENGLEN'S BEAU GESTE, a name that will live on and has gone down in the annals of the Newfoundland breed as being one of the truly great sires!
Third place honors go to CH. SHIPSHAPE'S CUTTY SARK, bred by Christine Lister and owned by Wilma Lister of Shipshape Kennels. Scotty passed away in the fall of 1975 at the age of 9 and he has produced 23 American Champions. His sire was Ch. Dryads Sea Rover and his dam was the beautiful Ch. Dryads Compass Rose, who is the fourth place Newfoundland dam.
I had the opportunity a few years ago to see Scotty and what a dog he was, a beautiful head, square body and good bone. He captured the hearts of everyone in 1967 at Lenox, when he won the 6-9 month puppy class. Scotty went on to finish his championship with 5 straight majors, and he was a dominant sire for producing good heads and bone. One of his sons, Ch. Shipshapes Square Rigger, was the top Newfoundland sire in Canada in 1974. We in this area have been fortunate in that two of his progeny, Ch. Holiday's Dreadnought Ensign and Ch. Holiday's Dear Gideon reside here, and both are excellent in type.
Scotty sired his 23 Champions from twelve bitches, Shipshapes Gay Head, Shipshapes Manda Lifeboats, Ch. Shipshapes Nana of Nashau Auke, Edenglens Amy, Ch. Holidays Sea Witch, Ch. Little Bears Cuttyhunk, Ch. Seawards Sally Forth, Ch. Kimtales Susan Constant, Tonya De Nashau Auke, Ch. Minnie Tonka of Nashau Auke, Ch, Shipshape Cranberry Rose and Christy's Yankee Doodle Dandy.
CH. SHIPSHAPE'S CUTTY SARK, another name that will live on and rightly so, for it has also gone down in the annals of our breed as another of the truly great sires!
A point that should be well remembered by everyone in the breed is the pedigree of these dogs. For those of you who are new to the breed, I urge you to study them, for it becomes apparent that TUCKER, BEAU and SCOTTY are and were not only great dogs, but came from similar lines noted for outstanding quality. A sentence from Bea Godsol's classic statement: "TYPE IS THE EMBODIMENT OF A STANDARD'S ESSENTIALS", is certainly applicable to these animals, and to carry it one step further, they in turn passed type onto their offspring and did it in a way no other Newfoundland has, in the history of the breed!
I know that all of the Newfoundland fancy will join me in applauding Tucker, Beau and Scotty, for their tremendous contribution to our breed.
EDENGLEN'S TUCKER has sired:
CH. INDIGO'S BELLE ISLE 1975
CH. INDIGO'S FRITZ HYLANDER 1975
CH. WANAKA'S BORIS THE BANDIT 1975
CH. EDENGLENS NANA OF PADDYWACK 1974
CH. EDEN GLENS PAUL BUNYAN 1974
CH. SPRINGFIELDS JENNIE DIVER 1974
CH. BARNUM 1973
CH. GANSHALOMS LOVES A LADY 1973
CH. EDENGLENS GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS 1972
CH. EDENGLENS MISSY II 1972
CH. EDENGLENS GREAT HARRY 1972
CH. EDENGLEN’S URSA MINOR 1972
CH. EDENGLEN’S SWEET GEORGIA BROWN 1972
CH. INDIGO'S CHARLIE BROWN 1972
CH. GANSHALOMS PANDA BEAR 1972
CH. INDIGO'S ONYX 1972
CH. EDEN GLENS PENELOPE 1971
CH. RAMMADAS PRINCE 1971
CH. ENDENGLENS TAMMY 1971
CH. EDENGLENS JOSH 1971
CH. CIT-EE-BUB OF EBONY KNIGHTS 1971
CH. RUFFLES OF NEWTON ARK 1971
CH. ENDENGLENS RANDY OF NEWTON ARK 1971
CH. EDENGLENS LADY REBECCA 1970
CH. EDENGLENS JONATHON 1969
CH. EDENGLENS ELOISE 1969
CH. EDENGLENS HEIDI BEAR 1969
CH. EDENGLEN'S BEAU GESTE has sired:
CH. SKIPJACK'S TINY 1975
CH. HALlROCK'S CHRISTMAS CANDY 1975
CH. SKIPJACK'S FATHOM 1974
CH. SKIPJACK'S DINAH MITE 1974
CH. SKIPJACK'S BULKHEAD 1974
CH. NABU 1973
CH. DERLINS BJORN OF DELRAY 1973
CH. RIPTIDES CINNAMON BEAR. 1972
CH. RIPTIDES THADIUS 1972
CH. RIPTIDES CABOT 1972
CH. OLD MOLES MALCOM OF RIPTIDE 1972
CH. HALIROCKS BOULDER 1972
CH. HALIROCKS COME BY CHANGE 1972
CH. HALIROCKS BRITANNIA 1972
CH. BRITANNIAS JOSHUA SLOCUM 1972
CH. BRITANNIAS BRIGANTINE RIG 1972
CH. SHIPWAYS BEST BIB 'N TUCKER 1971
CH. SHADES SHADOW 1971
CH. PEPPERTREES SHIPWRECK KELLY 1971
CH. HALIROCKS CHATTY KATHY 1971
CH. SHADYHOLLOWS JONATHON 1969
CH. RIPTIDES BARNACLE BILL 1969
CH. DRYADS GEORGE 1969
CH. DRYADS TAMBARAM OF CAYUNGA 1968
CH. RIPTIDES CYCLONE 1968
CH. SHIPSHAPES CUTIY SARK has sired:
CH. SHIPSHAPES WINDSONG 1974
CH. SHIPSHAPES SQUARE RIGGER 1974
CH. NENA DE NASHUA AUKE. 1974
CH. DA KONYA DE NASHAU AUKE II 1974
CH. SHIPSHAPFS SEAMAN BRIDGE 1973
CH. HOLIDAY'S DREADNOUGHT ENSIGN 1973
CH. ODIN OF BLACKNIGHT 1973
CH. W ANKA'S MISS CONCEPTION 1972
CH. SHIPSHAKES BLACK ANGUS 1972
CH. JEGGY OF NEWTON ARK 1972
CH. TASHA OF NASHAU AUKE 1972
CH. ADMIRAL AJAX OF NASHAU AUKE 1972
CH. TANDA DE NASHAU AUKE 1972
CH. NAKAYA DE NASHAU AUKE. 1972
CH. TAPAWINGO DE NASHAU AUKE 1972
CH. KEMMA DE NASHAU AUKE 1972
CH. HOLIDAY'S DEAR GIDEON 1972
CH. PIPER ANGUS 1972
CH. BEAUPRES POLLYANA 1972
CH. SHIPSHAPES MIGHTY LIKE A ROSE 1971
CH. WINDWARDS HONEY DU WYCHWOOD 1971
CH. KI NUNKA DE NASHAU AUKE 1970
CH. SHIPSHAPES SPINNAKER ROSE 1970
Drawing by Harrison Weir (1824-1906)
The anecdote I am now about to give is from the pen of the Rev. J.E. Atkinson, a good and scientific naturalist:
"Walking with a favorite Newfoundland dog of great size, one frosty day, I observed the animal's repeated disappointment on putting his head down, with the intention to drink, at sundry ice-covered pools. After one of these disappointments, I broke the ice with my foot, for my thirsty companion's behoof. The next time it seemed good to the dog to try and drink, instead of waiting for me to break the ice as before, he set his own huge paw forcibly on the ice, and, with a little effort, obtained water for himself."
From: Rev. R.O. Morris, B.A. Dogs and Their Doings. N.Y., Harper & Bros, 1872, p. 16f.
(reprinted from NewfTide 1976)