INTERVIEW with Narelle Hammond-Robertson of
© Doris Duewel
ACD GAZETTE: “It seems to us, you started your career shortly after growing out of napkins? Is it true?”
NARELLE: “Actually a bit later. I started to show my grandad’s German Shepherds and my parents Pembroke Corgis when I was seven years old”.
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ACD GAZETTE: You obviously had a good hand for dogs and had the same bazillus as your family.
NARELLE: “That is right, as in 1979 I fell in love with this magnificent and unique breed, called the Australian Cattle Dog and established my own kennel prefix:” Kombinalong.”
ACD GAZETTE: “Your name has been connected with a long row of excellent champions since. We think, it is a never ending story. Your breeding has not only influenced breeding in Australia, but also overseas. In which countries have you actually exported ACDs?”
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NARELLE: “In many countries and the request for excellent dogs is still going on. I also do a lot of judging inside and outside of Australia. Have to date sent puppies with health certificates to South Africa, New Caledonia, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, both mainland USA and the Island of Hawaii, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, South America, Japan and the Philippines”.
ACD GAZETTE: “Do you believe they had a certain impact on the local breeding?”
NARELLE: “Certainly, because in most cases it brought new blood to the local bloodlines. And other breeders were very intrested to use the new import dog. Thus “Kombinalong” dogs are in many lines nowadays all over these countries and others around them.”
ACD GAZETTE: “Do you believe in a longer effect to the breeding in and outside of the country?”
NARELLE: “Yes, I do! Later generations will still have the benefit of the considerate and sensible “Kombinalong” breeding. Young breeders of later generations can trust to the inheritance qualities of “Kombinalong” dogs..
ACD GAZETTE: ” Which were your most successful show and stud dogs?”
NARELLE: “The most well known is Ch Kombinalong Super “K” who has accumulated a world record breaking 20 Best in Shows, 21 Runner Up to Best in Show, won Best in Show at the Australian Breeds Bi-Centennial Spectacular in 1988 and has amassed over 3,500 Challenge points.
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His son and first Australian Cattle Dog in the world to be Aust/American/Mexican/Belize/Guatemalan. Inter Ch Kombinalong Super Impact, half brother Aust/New Zealand/American/Mexican/Canadian/Belize/Guatemalan/International Ch Kombinalong Stryk Super
Multi BIS/BISS Grand Ch Kombinalong Super Octane who had 10 BIS/BISS is without doubt the most successful stud dog I have bred having sired many champions both in Australia and overseas not only for Kombinalong Kennels but many other kennels worldwide
Grandson, Ch Kombinalong Super Tramp who was a multi Royal BOB winner (Res CC Puppy in Group Sydney Royal 2003) and BOB and Group 3 Sydney Royal 2006 and retired after that show due to injury.
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Ch Kombinalong Super Pinot (multi Class in Group, Class in Show winner All breeds and Specialty) and Aust/Am Ch Kombinalong OO Super (BISS winner and All breeds and Specialty Class in Show winner)”.
Of the dogs sent overseas, Kombinalong has over 30 American Champions, the most recently successful being Am Ch Kombinalong Super Shaman who is a Multi Best in Group winner and BOB Westminster Dog Show and #1 ACD in the USA and Am Ch Kombinalong Super Nitrous who is also a BOB Westminster Dog Show winner
Several top winning bitches BISS Ch Kombinalong C’est Super ( litter sister to Super Octane), a multi Specialty winner and Royal CC winner and BISS Ch Kombinalong Truly Super a multi In Group/ In Show winner and Royal CC winner. Ch Kombinalong Supercharmed (Bitch CC Sydney Royal 2003 and 2006, multi Class in Show winner at All breeds and Specialty)
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ACD GAZETTE: “To which countries were you invited as a Licensed All Breeds judge?”
NARELLE: “I have judged in several States of Australia (except NT), New Caledonia, United States of America including Hawaii and Alaska, Canada, Thailand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland, Philippines, India and New Zealand.”
ACD GAZETTE: “Have you written down your enormous exprience as breeder and judge?”
NARELLE: “I have written “The Australian Cattle Dog” which has sold to date worldwide some 50,000 copies. In 1999 I wrote and published “The New Owners Guide to the Australian Cattle Dog” book, which is till nowadays a great success. In this book I have a chapter on the genetic disorders of the breed and I am a strong advocate for genetic testing for hearing, PRA, hips and elbows . Sadly, there are still to this day several breeders in Australia that do not test for these problems
ACD GAZETTE: ” Narelle, we thank you for the interview!
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NARELLE: “Thank you for inviting me to discuss briefly the passion of my life. The Australian Cattle Dog”
Illustrated by photos of Narelle Hammond-Robertson showing
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