Auric – CH Afara Against the Wind


The “J” girls – Julianna, Jolene, and Janel – turned out very successful at shows. But the 2 girls that stayed here  – Julianna and Jolene did not reproduce their quality in their babies. So for Julianna’s last litter I decided to breed her to a dog with a different pedigree than I would normally use. Julianna’s puppies were usually very small but had very good structure and excellent movement. And even though she has a kind outgoing stable temperament, she always produced the temperament of the stud.

At the 2012 National, Kim Shira and I spotted (at the exact same time) a big long Black dog flow into the specials ring. He had excellent sidegait, a long level back, good tail set and carriage, huge bone, long neck, short fat hocks, large flared ears, a lovely kind expression and his coat was a very Black Black. Exactly the kind of dog I was looking to breed to Julianna. GCh Kosmar Striking Back at Bridgelady (Striker) eventually became the top-winning male Cardigan in the US, a multiple group winner, first Cardigan with a Reserve Best in Show and Platinum Grand Champion. His owner, M’Kayla Stahr graciously shipped him to us to breed to Julianna so he spent a long week with us. Striker is truly the kindest, sweetest most stable Cardigan male I have ever met. He would leave Julianna, in standing heat, to come kiss me and sit in my lap. Even Chris asked if we could keep him.

We kept three puppies out of the litter – Auric, Andie and Ash. All 5 of the puppies had their father’s temperament – kind, sweet, outgoing and most importantly stable. Andie and Ash have their own pages on this website.

Auric made his debut at the 2014 National at just 9 months. Breeder judge Tom Stewart awarded Auric Best Opposite Sweepstakes! Auric finished with 2 specialty Winners Dogs and 3 Best of Breeds over specials, one of those BOB’s for a major at Seattle KC from breeder judge Bill Shelton.

Auric was bred just once. I gave (free) a breeding to Léo Washburn specifically to breed to her girl, Toreth’s Rebound Turnaround (Reba). As most people know I don’t like keeping males and I always knew Auric would go to a home after he finished. But I knew that Reba was the best bitch to breed to Auric. I also offered one more breeder a free breeding to a specific bitch but she decided to use her own male for that bitch’s breeding.

The breeding to Reba produced 9 lovely babies. Three were shown and finished. The best puppy, CH Toreth’s Tungsten Archer won Best in Sweepstakes at the 2017 National Specialty, is a Group Winner and is Nationally ranked. He has Striker and Auric’s excellent sidegait, good bone, long neck and most importantly kind, sweet and stable temperament.

Auric was neutered and is in a wonderful home in Southern California. His family bought a mini-van for him so Auric would be safer and cooler than in a sedan.

Auric is OFA Good hips, elbows Normal, eyes cleared at 8 weeks and PRA Clear.

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