Alan Taylor and Idris Jones (Belroyd) of England are honorary
members of the PWCCA. Dogs bred under the Belroyd name have been
outstanding show dogs and breeding animals worldwide. Tweedbanks
Portland Bill (Billy) proved to be an important stud dog for
Belroyd. Billy was bred to his first Belroyd bitch on a fluke;
artificial insemination was not used in 1988 and both stud dogs,
Portland Bill and Pemland Royal Command, lived in a remote area.
Getting a bitch bred could be complicated. I asked Idris to share
Tweedbanks Portland Bill (Billy)
(Eng.Ch. Pemland Magnus x Cordac Modesty Blaze at Tweedbanks)
Breeder: Eileen Douglas
"Billy first came to our notice when the late Connie Lewis was
showing a photograph of a very promising 12 week old dog puppy by
Billy. We were very impressed with this puppy, but unfortunately
he (Billy) didn't have a great career.
Some months later Mary Magness had taken our Ch. Belroyd
Popinjay home to be mated to Pemland Royal Command. After a few
days Mary rang to say that she had failed to get a mating and was
there a dog in her area that we'd like Popinjay to be mated to
instead of to Royal Command? After some thought we remembered
Billy so Mary kindly took Popinjay to be mated to him.
The resulting litter proved to be quite outstanding and as this
was 1988 (The Welsh Corgi Leagues' Golden Jubilee) there were
many hundreds of overseas visitors in the U.K. Several breeders
came to Belroyd and saw this Portland Bill / Popinjay litter.
The Robertsons took home N.Z. Ch. Aust. Ch. Belroyd Stormbird
and N.Z. Ch. Belroyd Sanderling. Stormbird in particular proved
to be a good sire. Pat Sandy Smith had the other brother, Am. Ch.
Belroyd Seabird ROMX who had a great carrier as a stud dog and is
behind so many of the winners in America. Several of the top
breeders in the U.S.A. repeatedly used him to great effect.
We kept Ch. Belroyd Shovellark who in turn produced Ch. Belroyd
Blackcap, Am. Ch. Belroyd Bronze Eagle and Belroyd Bee Catcher.
Blackcap was the sire of Ch. Pemcader Betty Boop and Ch. Belroyd
Early Rose who between them won three CC's at Crufts in the late
Our next encounter with Bill was when we took Belroyd Tree Pipit
to him. Luck was with us once again, for as a young bitch Pipit
had run a very high temperature each time she came in season. Our
vet wanted to spay her, but with the use of antibiotics we did
eventually get a couple of litters from her. The first litter
produced Eng. Ch. Belroyd Cowslip and Eng. Ch. Belroyd
Cornflower. This was followed by a litter containing Am. Ch. B.
Dovkie [brought to the U.S. by Tim Mathiesen] /BOS PWCCA 2000)
and dam of Am. Ch. Nebriowa China Dove and Am. Ch. Nebriowa
Veracity; Am. Ch. Belroyd Dotterel who did well for Kay Hammel
and Belroyd Dawn Chorus of Foxydale. This bitch, Dawn Chorus,
produced Ch. Foxydale Smart Guy who besides winning three CC's at
Crufts, has produced very well including our latest CC winner
I hope this shows how much luck is needed in dog breeding and
how much we owed to Tweedbanks Portland Bill and his charming
unassuming owner, Ms. Eileen Douglas."
As a final note, Idris added:
"P.S. Billy had an important son in Australia owned by Mrs.
Gloria Woodward and bred by Mrs. Mary Winsone named Aust. Ch.
Aust.Ch. Cordach Senator
Unlike Benny and Basil, Tweedbanks Portland Bill was not a
famous show dog, but his influence extends through lines of dogs
A fairy tale doesn't' announce its moral which is sometimes
oblique. The reader applies their own values and point of view.
Is it the kind heart or the clever quick wit that makes the hero
win? Was it the fairy god mother or plain hard work that
contributed to the happily ever after ending? With these dogs I
think there are equal measures of good timing and someone with a
terrific eye and breed knowledge. But perhaps you'll find it was
all matter of luck. Maybe Benny and Basil and Billy had their
fame because of karma. For whatever reason, our breed is richer
by far because they were discovered. They deserve all their
glory, but they had help getting it.