AM. CH. OBO II
August 7, 1882 - Died: January 2, 1895
Obo II's gravesite is located on the former property of
Mr. J. P. Willey (Obo's sole owner) of Salmon Falls, New Hampshire, USA. In the
background of the above photo one can see the original Willey farmhouse.
This information was sent to the American Cocker
Review magazine in 1980 or 1981 by Jim Trevitt who had it sent to him by Carol
Bigg's. Just recently more information has come to light about Obo II's
homestead. There is now an elementary school in front of the Willey property and
the name of the city has been changed to Rollinsford. The original farmhouse and
home of Obo II is still standing today. The city has named the street across
from the Willey Farm... Willey Street after Mr. Willey. The American Spaniel
Club has requested the grave to be registered at the Rollinsford Historical
Society as a Historical Monument to the Cocker Spaniel.
The above picture and information came from the American Cocker
Review magazine March/April 1981 and several other sources.
CH. OBO II, another black Spaniel. His mother, Farrow's Chloe II, also black,
was purchased by Mr. F. F. Pitcher from Mr. James Farrow of England. The two
men agreed that they would breed Chloe II to Eng. Ch. Obo prior to them
sending her to America. In August of 1882 not long after Chloe II's arrival
in the states she gave birth to at least 5 puppies, 3 bitches and 2 known
dogs. One dog was sold to Mr. J. P. Willey and became CH. OBO II, the other
was sold to Mr. J. Otis Fellows and would later become CH. HORNELL SILK, also
black. Both dogs sired mainly blacks but did on occasion sire other colors.
This would become quite a controversy in later years as almost everyone knows
that Black is a dominant color and they couldn't understand how they would be
having puppies being born other colors than the usual black. I will try and
explain this as we did not know this ourselves until reading about this story
in Mrs. Francis Greer's 2 Volume book set titled A Century Of Spaniels.
According to Mrs. Greer's research CH. OBO II's grandfather Bulluck's "Old
Bebb" was bred to a Liver bitch from Lord Angsley breeding named Flirt. Out
of this litter they would have a Liver Dog that they would later call Young
Bebb, or Spurgin's Bebb. Mr. Phineas Bullock, the breeder of Young Bebb
decided that the young Liver dog wasn't living up to his expectations so he
sold the dog to a Mr. Spurgin in Northhampton, England. Not long after the
young Liver dog was sold word began to spread that the offspring he was
siring were outstanding and it didn't seem to matter what was bred to him but
all the puppies were quite remarkable. Well, Mr. Bullock was Furious, he had
done something that even Top Breeder's of Today do on occasion, he had let
the show quality or the better breeding specimen go. For years after he said
that was the biggest mistake of his life. Of course if he hadn't done this we
wouldn't have CH. OBO II in our lines today, and who knows what type of dog
we might have ended up with. Now the fact that CH. OBO II and his brother did
on occasion sire colors other than black can be explained because on both
sides of the pedigree (as you will see when you click to it) that they had
the liver color dogs behind them. The Liver gene or as we call it now days
Chocolate, is a Recessive gene which means, when both the SIRE and DAM carry
a recessive gene for liver or other colors it is possible to have some of the
puppies being born colors other than Black, even though Black is usually
dominant. If you have one dominant Black parent and one who carries the
recessive gene for Chocolate, Buff, or Tan points you will Never have puppies
any color other than Black.
Mr. Farrow decided in a hurry to check out Young Bebb. He was mighty
impressed with what he saw in the young dog. He was said to have described
him as being Liver, but much darker than a Sussex Spaniel. He stood a little
over 18 inches at the wither and was said to weigh about 38 pounds in good
weight. He had a beautiful head with soft eye expression and long,
Young Bebb was used by ALL ACTIVE SPANIEL BREEDERS, Mr. Farrow among them. By
1897 it was written that, "It matters not what prominent Spaniel's pedigree,
(Field, Cocker, or Sussex) we unravel, Bebb's blood turns up in 80% of them."
This was exciting news to my Mother and I as this means that the original
founding Pillars of the Breed were actually CHOCOLATE COLORED DOGS!! This is
of course our FAVORITE COLOR, with the Black and Tans running a close second!!
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