Name of the Kennel
First of all I have to explain anyway why I chose “Rasztari-Duci” as the name of my kennel.
It is the simplest to explain the conjunctive “Duci” as the founding bitch of my kennel is Napfényvárosi-Csahos Duci. She is the one who became my idol forever with her feminine character and look. She showed me the world of pedigree Pulis, and the mysterious ways of noble breeding.
However, the name “Rasztari” requires further explanation. This name is a pun, I put it together from my last name “Tari” and the Hungarian equivalent of the word “Rasta”, thus it became “Rasztari” as the merger of “Raszta /Rasta/ Tari”. I insisted on “Tari” because, with my breeding activity, I would like to purify individuals in my kennel which are in conformity with the ideal picture of the Puli but still have some specific features. Therefore I found it important that they bear my name in some form. This is also to pay my respect to my parents, first of all my passed father, by creating something which could bear the name “Tari” with pride. What features are there in my mind? They are indicated in the name “Rasta”. Although I myself do not have a reggae or Rasta style, I can fully identify myself with its philosophy. Because the adjective “Rasta” means not only the curls of felted hair (just like the hair of the Puli) but it is also a philosophy. The philosophy of naturalness, love of nature, ancient cult and purity. Thus, in addition to the hair like a Puli, the Rastas are natural and love the ancient nature, and they represent the everyday people in the society. Their flag is almost the same as that of the Hungarian nation, as with the exception of orange, it is totally identical with it. Their music is just as entertaining as the Puli itself, and its rhythm reminds one to the bouncing and shortening moves of Pulis.
Furthermore, the word Rasta also means measure, extent and line, which can be inserted in my ars poetica … not due to overconfidence but as a goal permanently leading me in the field of honour.
I did not choose an expressly Hungarian name as identification, because although my ars poetica is obdurately Hungarian, it extends over national autonomy in the field of Pulis, that is, it attempts to verify the international status and values of the Puli. Thus it became Rasztari-Duci…
I would like to express my thoughts about what are differences between the Pulis living in my kennel and other Pulis. At the same time, I also thought about what my personal purpose is, what I would like to achieve and realize with my breeding activity. Of course everything I am writing about is the present situation and this may change through my experience in the future …
In my opinion, it is extremely important to study pedigrees and the individuals intended to be indicated therein. The details of origin have a significant influence on the formation of my vision of the future as a starting point and a strategic idea. I consider all the great breeders of the past, moreover those contained in the pedigrees of the individuals of the Rasztari kennel as ideals and examples to be followed. I accept all defects of the ancestors of the descended individuals living with me, and I turn to their advantageous features. Look then who I consider as examples to be followed.
I see as the hand of fate and I accept it as a gift that I had the opportunity to keep and breed Pulis. This fortune was also proved by the fact that it so happened that the story of the ancestors of my bitch and my male is special. It is special as they have unique ancestors. Unique as, due to regrettable events, nor the parental side of the female member of my kennel, neither that of the lord of the Rasztari-Duci Kennel lives any more unfortunately.
Gombos, the mother of Csipke was the only Napfényvárosi Puli in whom the famous line was mixed with a manky pale line.
Gombos represents rare values in the fairyland of Pulis also because she was the only and irreproducible child of her mother, as after the birth of Gombos, her mother left the field of living Pulis. Moreover the manky pale carrier nature of Gombos is strongly line-bred, which I highly esteem and consider a treasure in the perspectives of my breeding goals.
My male Koppány also qualifies as rare in the terms of origin. His father Bence was a male used not so often within the female Pulis during his life. Koppány, the leader was born from the last mating of his life of special and magical nature. The maternal side of his less widespread and popular origin also provides me possibility for line breeding (the mating of the single manky pale carrier of Bence).
Therefore, the members of my kennel are of mixture of a rare, unique and special origin, however, I am rather proud of their recent origin and not of their past ancestors. In the perspectives of origin, I consider not absolutely important the rare lines and unique origin, but much more the external and internal features favourable to me. Thus, I rather live in the present. There are famous ancestors in the sheet of origin of the descendants such as in the pedigree of Csipke: Napfényvárosi-Csahos Éber, Akácerdei Fürtös Almira, Kurjancs-Dombi Csinos, Erdőkertesi Rajcsur, in the pedigree of Koppány: Papramorgó Extra Jakab and Szellőháti Béres Bence, Kurjancs-Dombi Cseles, Túri-Maszat Aranyos. I consider the origin of my Pulis important, and I think of their ancestors with special love and proud.
A Puli Without Pedigree
The reader can think how the outlaws can be found within these lines, and moreover, how an individual without any documents can be involved in the original presentation of a kennel striving for nobility. Well, the Puli origin of my bitch Morzsa is incontestable, however, beyond certainty, I never searched her origin through contacts.
How can she be found and involved in the presentation of my kennel?
It has several reasons:
- The Pulis bred by our forefathers did not begin with documents of origin
- I owe a debt of gratitude to the Pulis without pedigree because:
- I became fond of this type through them
- they taught me how to breed and how to care the hair
- they showed me what defects can occur
- their descendants show better the perspectives of selection in puppyhood
- the ancient blood and look before purification are still existing in them …
I thank all of these to them, but above all to my dog Morzsa that she showed me the way and does not let me leave it …
My primary goal of breeding is to ensure the survival of the motivations of our forefathers, that is, to keep and prove the usage values. Therefore, I primarily make a selection in their characters.
I strive for clear breeding above all. For clear breeding, the dysplasia screening and the descendant supervision are essential for me. I try to provide the most optimal during the feeding, selection of pairs, and keeping my Pulis. I have a definite line breeding plan, furthermore I stand up for a strict line breeding. This is realized in practice in such a way that the manky pale predecessors of Csipke are closely bred with relatives, moreover the maternal grandfather of Koppány and the paternal grandmother of Csipke are brother and sister (Kurjancs-Dombi Cseles and Csinos). It provides me the possibility of conscious building that Csipke is a member of an extinct branch of the descendants of Erdőkertesi Rajcsur, and Koppány is a descendant of the less common Túri-Maszat Pulis. Thus, the breeding shows the establishment of a new line and new face. I pay special attention to continue the breeding of Pulis screened for dysplasia for generations, and that the descendants have the most ideal character. In order to achieve that I have a pairing plan which focuses on, in addition to nice look, ancient mentality in terms of character, and the tracing of descendants are also involved within my selection efforts.
The specification of the ideal temper will probably give rise to a huge debate in a lot of people. I am orientated on performance and temper, thus this feature of the species is the most important for me, more important than anything else!
The dogs are selected on the basis of character already in puppyhood. The most vivid of the litter catches me the most. The one who is always up to mischief, who can only be naughty, and even pushes others away from the nipples, shoves others away from the food. The greediest and most sanguineous is the one for me! Why? The Puli is famous of its self-confident and easily offended character. The above conduct is the guarantee for its ductility be suitable. Why? Because an unassertive, resigned and timid character is more difficult to be trained, taught and bred with my manner. Contrary to the public belief such a puppy will not be neurotic, furious and aggressive if it is treated firmly and hard. The dominant Puli which sometimes bears reprimands without complaints and which can be burdened well fits in my breeding idea. The members of my kennel continuously attend a dog school where their character will be settled. I have no clear training guidelines and special expectations. It is decided already in the obedience and disciplinary phase what areas a Puli under breeding likes better and we will follow the way (which I mentioned before so many times as an example) in that direction, and will put an emphasize on that part of the training.
In my opinion, it is sure that the Puli kept the knowledge of shepherding even after long sport breeding and becoming popular. However, due to the limited circumstances and possibilities of work, it will make good use of this ability in other fields.
The proof of my above opinion is my bitch Duci who is, besides her splendid character for shows, the devil of obstacle races. Although it is not possible for us to exercise agility, she acts out her lively and vehement nature in this field at most. She makes good use of her shepherding knowledge on domestic animals kept on the yard for pleasure, and the subject of her capturing instinct is the cat … so that she can kiss her.
My male Csaholó-Borzas Cimbi “Koppány” has a real male character. Although he is still young, but the process has begun. His capturing instinct and catching ability suggest superb safeguarding capabilities. He is a BH Obedience Dog!
It can be seen that my character drawing shows the same duality as the features of the temper of the Puli. Strong and sensible, hard and flattering, assertive and tender at the same time; he is such a Puli which, if necessary, tears the leg of trousers of strangers, but if necessary, I can take him on my lap and stroke him for hours.
Thus, in my kennel I intend to mix the passionate and resolute conduct with the nature as a family pet.
As my Pulis regularly attend a dog school, my main goal is to keep the workability of the Puli. I offer them on the basis of their character and temper, according to the purpose of keeping them. I take special care of the development of the “Wesen” and not primarily of shepherding near the herd.
My Pulis are kept and bred with full love and promoting their mental development at the most optimal way. There are several individuals among the ancestors who have proved in shepherding. My bitch Csipke passed an obedience examination, and Koppány has extraordinary retrieving and safeguarding capabilities.
My aim is to breed a clear-minded, easily trainable, smart and open character Puli and I do my best in order to achieve this. The heated and diabolic character stands the closest to me. In my opinion, the easily offended emotions of the Puli require resoluteness, burning vitality and temperamental nature. In addition to braveness and wilfulness, the features of faith, affection for man, love and willingness to comply with the requirements are essential.
Thus, I attempt to form a combined character portrait as described above.
My breeding idea is performance orientated which is shown in the special and functional appearance.
I consider the compliance with the species standard as my inflexible and settled goal, and I endeavour to fulfil it above all. However, I feel that, within the frameworks of the parameters specified in the description, I have special visions and ideas which are different from the average.
Hair – my goal is to grow a large volume of hair of good quality, with strings mixed with strong and thin-banded curls. Actually, the hair delights my eyes if the curls are of such a quantity that they stand almost horizontally on the dog’s back.
Colour – I am totally settled for black and manky pale colours. In the scale of black colours, I am keen on the ancient, natural, rustic and shabby shades. In the palette of manky pale colours, I love of the basic grey tone.
Complex – perhaps there has never been more important for me in the standard than this section. In my opinion, this is the principal element which reflects the charisma and the perfection of the Puli. This induces the indescribable feeling which attracts people inexpressibly.
Type – my Pulis are on the lower border of the desirable size within the large family of Pulis. I take special care that my Pulis fall within the desirable scale within the specified sizes, but I rather prefer the smaller, squatter, wider and stumpy ones.
Width – this is the most important for me among sizes. My Pulis have typically wide and massive chest bursting with strength.
Limbs – my orientation on work requires a figure with slenderer legs, with a rather firm back angle. This is essential for work just like a wide chest.
Summarized in brief
- Rare, unique and special origin, but based on these days.
- As to its look, wide chest, firm back angle, figure with longer legs, magical complex impression with stressed width sizes.
- The ancient and ideal character and temper above all.
- Thigh-joint dysplasia screening.
- Inspection and supervision of descendants, tracing the Pulis moved from me.
- Keeping continuous contacts with predecessors and the moved ones.
- Regular training and usage in the dog school.
- Definite concrete line breeding, perhaps the establishment of a new line starting from the present ones and mixing their advantages.