ABOUT BROOKSHIRE

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The Brookshire prefix was established in 2000. However, I first became aware of the breed when I attended a local dog show in the early 1990s, some years prior to acquiring our first Stafford in 1998.
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Although less than exhilarating, attending local dog shows is a ritual one must endure if courting a dyed-in-the-wool ‘dog person’. I was not greatly impressed with the breed, which seemed an ‘ordinary’ dog with an extraordinary or ‘extortionary’ past. However, I sat and observed. I watched them interacting with other dogs, their owners and owner’s friends. Immediately apparent was the breed’s intelligence, devotion and sense of humour – a more comedic breed you might never meet.
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After a 10-year break from showing, Sharon’s interest was rekindled in ‘dogdom’, and she was eager to return to the sport. Previously, Sharon single-handedly campaigned her father’s Australian Kelpie (Ch Tollbar Goin’ Rodeoin’, one of NSW’s top Australian Kelpies and a consistent Group 5 winner) to his title and beyond. Given that Sharon’s family had Staffords in both Australia and the West Midlands UK (the homeland of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier), the decision to breed and show Staffords was logical. Sharon and I are still captivated by the breed; we relish their quirkiness, jests and companionship.
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2001 - The first Brookshire litter – Ch Willspride Cockney Rebel X Ch Havastaff Stella Sedgely. It was a litter of hope and heartbreak; the only bitch, Brookshire Darlaston Doll, was stillborn, and the dam of the litter rejected the three surviving pups. Friends and stalwarts of the breed rallied; a gesture we will always remember.

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2003 - Our second litter: a dynamic half-brother/sister combination featuring a triple-up of NSW icon of the breed, Ch Leatherwood Iron Mike (Ch Willspride Cockney Rebel supporting the double-up). Willspride Walsall Wench provided another valuable double-up in this distinguished pedigree by boasting major Queensland winner Gr Ch Glemorian Alair. The litter produced seven healthy puppies: five bitches and two dogs.

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2007 - It’s a girl, girl, boy, boy, boy, boy, boy, boy! Crossguns Labour of Love (Imp UK) X Brookshire The Matron produced eight healthy pups. Ozzy has an impeccable pedigree, and we look forward to his contribution to our breeding program. All pups are L2–HGA clear by parentage and DNA-profiled.

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2009–2010 - Mating and the repeat mating of Mosstrooper Man At Arms X Pepstaff Give It To Me respectively. We just had to do this mating again! With Brummie (Brookshire India Arie) sustaining a leg trauma that ended her show career early, and with the promising Kelsy (Brookshire Mary Mary) achieving such success in Victoria under Stafford breed specialists, we were enthusiastic to re-access the successful lines on the sire and dame’s pedigree.

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Never disappointed in the show ring, our Staffords typify the positive attributes of the breed. Given the progression of breed-specific legislation – largely fuelled by ignorance – we hope all of us remain as loyal to the breed as the breed is to us.

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We are past committee members of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Society of NSW Inc and the British Terrier Club of NSW Inc, and founding members of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club of Northern NSW Inc. We look forward to many years of championing and promoting the Staffordshire Bull Terrier as the ‘totally reliable’ all-purpose family breed.
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All the very best, Neil and Sharon Brooks 2011

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The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. When all other friends desert, he remains - George G Vest

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