Buff Cap is a small kennel striving to breed quality Aussies …. correct in structure and movement. We also focus on temperament, as it is of the utmost importance to us. Buff Cap is an ASCA and USASA (AKC) Hall of Fame kennel and has produced 3 ASCA Hall of Fame Dams, 77 AKC and ASCA champions, as well as UKC Champions and CKC champions with numerous Best Of Breed Winners, Best in Show Specialty winners, multiple group placing and group winners, Best Bred By Exhibiter Group 1 Winners, a Best In Show/Group winning bitch, AKC Grand and Bronze Champions, nationally ranked dogs in the top 10 AKC and ASCA, multiple pre-show and Nationals premiers with a BOS placement at a pre-show, number one conformation finals and multiple top 10 finals placements, winner of the stud dog class at a USASA specialty and Obedience, Herding (including a WTCH!!!) and Agility (including ATCH’s!) titled dogs.
My love of Aussies started back in the 70’s with “Sissy”, a little blue merle, belonging to my blacksmith. I had never seen a dog that was so smart, so loyal, and so focused on her owner. I was infatuated with her brains and with her color. When Sissy had pups, I picked out a blue merle. The “Buzz” came to live with me. “Buzz” was incredible! He was a person in disguise, a herding wizard, and extremely loyal and protective. I was hooked.
As “Buzz” got older, I began the search for another Aussie. Still scarce in Connecticut, the search was a long one. At a horse show in 1988, I met a woman with a litter of Aussie puppies. “Scarlet” came home with me.
In 1992, Gil (See Gil’s Memorial Page) and I were married. He was intrigued with my Aussies. He found a male Aussie that he liked and we bred “Scarlet”. “Moon” was born. Gil was impressed with “Moon’s” ability to learn tricks instantaneously …. he was hooked too! We decided that this was the breed for us.
We were determined to do this right. We had acquired a little knowledge and discovered that our beautiful girls were not exactly the right color. They were both spayed and we acquired ASCA CH Calais Dash of Class. We dabbled at showing and breeding. Dash produced AKC CH Buff Cap Dash of Blue Denim. But I desperately wanted a blue merle female show puppy. In 1993, Heatherhill Joan Rivers, “Chelsea”, a dream come true, was added to our family.
“Chelsea” became ASCA/AKC CH Heatherhill Joan Rivers. She garnered multiple AKC and ASCA Best of Breed wins, group wins, and an Award of Merit. I was smitten by the show bug. I decided to also try obedience competition. While “Chelsea” was busy being beautiful, “Moon” was studying. She became Buff Cap Blue Moon of Tolland, CD, CDX.
Read our TRIBUTE TO “MOON”.
“Chelsea” was bred in 1996 to AKC/ASCA CH Terra Blue’s Just Too Hot which produced AKC CH Buff Cap Jerry Lee Lewis. In 1998, “Chelsea” was bred to AKC/ASCA Ch Paradox Propaganda and along came AKC/ASCA CH Buff Cap Nashville Blues, multiple Best of Breed winner. We were off and flying!
Learn more about Buff Cap Aussies in “The Australian Shepherd Annual”. 2009 Breeder Spotlight, pg. 96, 2010 A Tribute To A Special Dog, pg. 50, 2011 The Winter Of Our Discontent, pg. 35