Here is some history on Boudreaux dogs if it helps. It was printed in the Canine Preformance Journal & recently
re-printed here by Mrs. Mickey:
Floyd Boudreaux’ ace new dog Blind Billy wasn’t always blind. He would lose his sight when he got hot. In his second
match, he lost his sight when he became overheated. OJ Thibodeaux & his black & white nose dog were highly regarded
at 39lbs. Floyd believed if Billy could get his mouth on him, it wouldn’t take long to determine a winner. Billy could
bite as hard as any dog Floyd has ever seen & even harder than most of the best. He could disable one in short order.
Just as Floyd figured, Blind Billy was able to get to Thibodeaux’ dog several times. The longer they fought, the more
he punished the black & white nose dog. Blind Billy had the black & white dog quitting. Floyd handled when Blind Billy
was released & on Blind Billy’s scratch. He was counted out searching for his opponent.
Although it was clear the black & white wanted no more, Billy lost the contest. Perhaps he could have won several more
matches afterwards, who knows, but thanks to the gifted foresight of Floyd Boudreaux, he bred Blind Billy instead.
Floyd bred Billy to a good daughter, Gypsy, to produce Red (a full sister to Elias’s “Pistol”). Floyd bred Blind Billy
to Red to produce Lena & bred Blind Billy to Lena to produce Scrub, who was 15/16ths inbred on the old Blind Billy dog.
Let us back up a minute. SP Clavelle owned a spotted dog back in them times that Gaboon Trahan used to breed to his
bitches. Gaboon used the one time & found him to be an average dog, but very game. Gaboon called the dog ‘Rascal’ & had
permission to breed to him any time, but Gaboon never owned the red & white dog he called Rascal. Floyd bought Rascal
from SP Clavelle & Floyd Boudreaux was the only man to ever register Rascal & only did so through the UKC several years
after Floyd had him on his yard Floyd bred Rascal to Lena (Scrub’s mama) to produce Rascal Jr. Rascal Jr. was the sire
of many good dogs one of which Jerome Hernandez called ‘Nigger.’ Nigger won 5 times for Jerome & one of them over Scrub.
Scrub was matched his first match at 40lbs. by Floyd Boudreaux & lost this one to Nigger in 40 minutes.
Don Mayfield liked Scrub & used him to go into JT Kitches & his son of Tudor’s “Ch.” Spike.” Scrub won this contest in
1 hour & 8 minutes. Floyd Boudreaux again had gifted foresight & bred Scrub to some good bitches & I’m glad he did.
Scrub sired some great dogs & phenomenal producers! Scrub was bred to his half sister Candy to produce the famous Eli
dog. Floyd also bred Scrub to a good daughter of Rascal Jr. to produce the great Boze dog! Boze was the most inbred
Dibo dog of his time & was a great representative of his genetic pool! No Dibo dog could stay with Boze!
One day a few of some great dogmen were at Floyd’s after a convention held in Layfayette, Lousiana held by Gaboon
Trahan. Among the gatherin were Bob Wallace, Leo Kinard, Maurice Carver, Roland Boutte & JD Elliott. Floyd got out
Boze & Boze Jr. (a brother to Bullyson & Eli Jr.’s mother) & rolled them together for just a short roll. Leo said
this roll was better than all the matches he had just seen! JD said that it was blur! Both of these dogs made a mess
of each other in short order. Just the look on Maurice’s face! Maurice was speechless as, his jaw dropped, his mouth’
fell open & his eyes bulged out. Later, Maurice said he had never seen a sight like that in all his life!
Floyd Boudreaux became known as the breeder of Eli dogs & this is true, but we need to look at the whole picture.
Folks, Floyd Boudreaux is the breeder of Blind Billy dogs! The best of the Dibo stuff!! Bullyson was a line bred
Blind Billy dog!
Floyd Boudreaux owned Blind Billy & Rascal at the same time. Gypsy was a good daughter of Billy & when she came into
heat, Floyd bred her as a repeat breeding back to her sire Blind Billy. Floyd also bred her a week later but this time
to Rascal, as Billy was getting old & Floyd wanted pups out of the aging Gypsy. Well, Gypsy had the pups & Ray Charles
could see that they were from Billy. Raymond Elias got one of the pups from this mating & named him Pistol.
Pistol was a very good dog that was shown only once. He was matched above his weight & won impressively anyway. I dont
know how Maurice was able to breed him, or if he even did at all, but the ADBA pedigrees have him as the grandsire of
Art’s “Missy,” Davis’ “Gr. Ch” Boomerang” & Clayton’s “Java” (the dam of Gr.Ch. Art). By the way, Don Devine got a
bitch from Bennett Clayton named “Patty.” Don registered her as off Eli Jr. & Java. When Don got the bitch, all Bennett
told him was that she was a sister to Art, but Bennett did not say she was a littermate. Patty was indeed of Eli Jr.,
but her dam was a quarter Staffordshire; a bitch off Indian Bolio & a half Staff bitch! But I would not mind if my
dogs had Patty in their make-up because Patty’s dam was a bitch name Ginger. This is the same Ginger was the dam to
Stinson’s “Ch.” Tuffy” & Stinsori & Glover’s “Ch.” Dolemite.” Imagine that. Dolemite’s mama a quarter Staff! It must
have been some good Staff blood!
So, Patty was a half sister to Ironhead. Maurice also said Bullyson was a son of Ironhead & he did that with the man
who raised Bullyson sitting in the same room with him. Just ask Jerry Clemmons if I am telling the facts. Anyways folks
no matter what Maurice’s papaers say, Ironhead was a son of Blind Billy. Perhaps now you will understand why Bullyson
crossed wo well with Ray Long’s two bitches Baby & Tuffy & Art Riley’s Missy, why Eli Jr. crossed well with Bennett
Clayton’s Java & why Ronnie Hyde’s Satchmo Bully went so well with his Bloody Sunday.
Folks, it’s the Blind Billy blood doing what it’s done, biting hard & winning. While the world is searching for Eli dogs,
the few who really understand are searching for Boze dogs. It took a daughter of Boze to create Bullyson. When Boze
was 11 years old & weighed 18 lbs. less than his grandson Bullyson, Floyd held Boze’s back legs & let Bullyson get a
good hold on him. Floyd let go & Boze got up & downed Bullyson & kept him down for 10 minutes, doing what he wanted with
him. When you realize how good Bullyson was, then consider how great Boze was! Eli & Eli Jr. were good dogs too, but
none of them were in the same class as Boze.
Floyd Boudreaux bred Boze to Penny, who was out of Young Rock, out of Peggy. Penny was a good bitch out of an all-good
litter. Boze & Penny produced Spook (Sissy). Spook’s whole litter killed each other except for her & another little
bitch pup Floyd gave to Maurice Coin, another friend of Floyd’s. Spook was given to Jerry Clemmons, a chicken man &
when she came into heat, he brought her back to Floyd’s to breed her to Eli & she had 4 good pups. All 4 pups were
good dogs. Another all good litter bred by Floyd Boudreaux! Bullyson, Eli Jr. Brendy & Lady, a litter of dogs that
changed the game itself! The litter changed the future of how we were to breed our dogs. Gameness alone wasn’t good
enough anymore. Eli dogs would & could kill them. This was the beginning of what was to be know as the Eli line of dogs.
Jerry sold Spook to Doug Nightrider. Doug was like a kid with a new toy. Doug rolled Spook for the better part of a
week until she finally stopped, but she was a good one. She was a Boze daughter. Boze was bred to Brendy to produce
Wilkenson’s “Tina.” Tina was bred to Bullyson to produce Ch. Bullyson Jr. & the only dog capable of dethroning his
great sire, Benny Bob. Boze bred bitches produce very well. Boze was a great dog. He was very fast & bit very hard.
To top it off, he was very strong. Boze won only one contract match in just under 5 minutes. All totaled, Boze
stopped 27 dogs.
All the old timers used to come up with truckloads to try to stop the Boze dog, but Boze would sen them all home
disappointed, one after the other. Hell, Roland Fontenot used to come every weekend & try, but never could carry
enough dogs with him to do it. Boze would make short work of them!
Fred Williamson has a son of Boze he called Pistol who was raised as a house pet. Word was that Pistol was a pet
& a cur & that Don Mayfield & George had a dog at 49lbs. that would prove it. Well, after enough talk, ol Fred
said put up or shut up. The match was made. Mayfield had George’s blessing to shape up their Ch. Gomer dog, a winner
of several high dollar contests. Ch. Gomer was a littermate to Ch. 400, another multi-time winner. Both dogs came
in on the weight & at 2:45 Ch. Gomer cleared the wall & jumped right into the arms of Don’s wife, Phyllis Mayfield.
Now who was the cur?
A paid advertisement was published in Raymond Holt’s magazine ‘Pit Dog Report’ shorly after the contest. The ad
stated “Boudreaux’ Pistol: Just an average Boudreaux dog!” The ad wasn’t to peddle pups or for stud service, it was
simply a statement. And it was true; Pistol was an average of Floyd’s dogs.
Ch. Midnight Cowboy was good son of Bullyson. Linus was a Boze bred bitch. Midnight Cowboy & Linus produce Reddick’s
“Herman,” a winner of 5 contract matches. Herman was just one of an all-good litter. Floyd sent Liza to Doyle & had
her bred to Herman. This mating produced another good littter with just one cold bitch. Maverick was off this litter.
Maverick produced whole litters of match dogs. Ask anyone who owns Maverick dog!
Eli did his share of producing well. Floyd bred him to a Corvino bitch named Glory B to produce Daniel’s “Ch.” Tom,”
who was the sire of Barefield’s “Ch.” Saloon.” Ch. Saloon was the sire of Allen’s “Ch.” Butch” ROM. Ch. Saloon was
also the sire of Allen’s “Stripper.” Butch & Stripper produced Allen’s “Double Gr. Ch.” Tornado,” a winner of 10 matches.
Of course, Eli was the best known for producing Eli Jr. & Bullyson, but only because they were bred more & therefore
became more popular.
Now, Don Mayfield says Floyd stole Eli from him by saying all Cry Baby’s pups died. Friends, Cry Baby’s pups all did die.
Don & Floyd wer good friend & believe me, Floyd values his friends. I would think that if Cry Baby’s pups wer valuable
enough to betray a friend, I wouldn’t give them away. Floyd gave Eli to JR Bush because Floyd knew he could breed more
like him or better. To Floyd, a dog is just a dog, but a friend is a priceless value! Don Mayfield is just jealous.
Floyd Boudreaux created Eli from Blind Billy blood. Elli was stolen from JR Bush after his 3rd match (a match that was
raided). There is no telling how many good ones Eli produce. Ever wonder why Eli blood crossed so well with Gr. Ch. Zebo
blood? Who knows? Boy, these are the facts, not fiction! You can do your homework believe me I have.
Mr John P Colby was an active breeder for many years and produced some of the best dogs of his time. Much of his foundation stock was from the Gas House and Burke strains, as were the dogs of many other breeders. The difference in the quality of the dogs Mr Colby produced was the result of breeding principles he employed. Also, Mr Colby in my opinion possessed a very important attribute, which I refer to as a gift.
Mr Colby practised a simplified version of genetics, Best to Best, selective breeding
Pictured is John P. Colby Age 20.
Best to Best does not mean performing dogs alone. It entails all aspects of the dogs, from performance to pedigree. The most obvious qualities would be gameness, biting power, talent, stamina and a great bloodline. A bloodline is the result of a breeders influence.
Over the years dogs bred by Mr Colby began to exhibit physical and mental characteristics such as conformation, colour and gameness which distinguished them. These dogs were then referred to as Colby Dogs. Thus we have the Colby Bloodline. People were proud to say, “This here is a pure Colby dog”. This sounds simple; and it leads people to ask; why there were not more top breeders? I believe deciding on what is Best to Best is the key.
I’m not sure that every dog Mr Colby bred to was Dead game; and I’m equally sure he did not breed to every Dead game dog he owned. This is where the gift comes in. It seems to be an in-born sense or ability. I believe most outstanding accomplishments have been made by men who were endowed with a gift for their respective fields.
I do not believe that man knows enough about genetics at this time to produce great animals; and he most certainly didn’t know enough in the days of Mr Colby. Race horse people spend millions of dollars a year, trying to produce great horses, with only marginal success. Similarly, there is no pattern for producing Great dogs.
FriendsThe most essential qualities a breeder may possess are; dedication, a gift, a knowledge of Best to Best, and money might come in handy. If a breeder combines these attributes he is likely to produce, with luck, a great strain of dogs.It doesn’t take too much effort to recall the great Colby dogs of the past. These dogs were bred from the pit and for the pit.
But all of this brings us to a very important question; When a strain of dogs that were once highly regarded, such as Colby’s, stops producing consistently good pit dogs, is this strain still to be considered good? I have heard people say, “I know he’s a cur, but the blood is there”. While this is true in many cases, I wonder how long we can continue to breed to curs and hope to produce game pit dogs.
What is good blood and how long will it remain good if we continue to breed to dogs, who do not possess the qualities of their ancestors? While great breeders can breed to dogs who themselves do not exhibit good qualities; can the average breeder afford to take this gamble?
I have seen strains of dogs that have not produced dogs fitting this description for many years, and people who are active in the sport refer to them as good blood or good brood stock. Many seem to proceed under the assumption, that once a bloodline is good it remains good forever. Many well-meaning people have continued to breed Colby dogs exclusively, thinking all that was necessary to preserve the quality of the strain, was to breed to a dog that had the name Colby on his pedigree.
Pictured is Colby’s Jerry 1900.
I believe that we have to continuously strive to improve the strain, in order to keep it as good as it was or is. It’s an accepted theory, that in order for an institution to continue, it must change and continuously seek to improve. To preserve a bloodline, there is more required than just breeding to dogs whose pedigree shows a particular name. Change is required in order to prevent change in the quality of dogs produced. The Colby strain was developed by change.
FriendsI have heard people say, that the dogs of yesteryear were gamer than those of today. Could it be, in some cases, because we have tried to play Pat and in doing so have lost ground. The people that have bred Colby dogs exclusively for these many years, thinking they were doing what was best, have perhaps underestimated their own ability to breed good dogs.Many of them have bred dogs for 40 years or more and could have perhaps contributed much more to their own dogs, by using their own ideas and experience. New ideas are necessary in every field. Sports records are consistently surpassed by those not satisfied with repeating someone else’s past performance. Last year’s record won’t win this year’s meet.
Were the dogs of yesteryear really superior? I’m sure many dog men of the past would think we have it too easy, because we don’t have to grow secret vegetables and cook our dog’s food or boil their water. Penicillin has replaced many old remedies, making better dog care possible. I have read some diets that top dog men used. While some were good, none could compete with any good commercial dog food available in countless supermarkets. The poorest feeder today is able to provide better nutrition than the best feeder of yesteryear. We also have refrigeration and other conveniences.
It is not my intention to criticise old-timers and their methods. How many of us would be feeding as many dogs if we had to cope with the same adverse conditions? I think our mission however, is to pick up where they left off, emulating their objectives rather than their methods. The Colby dogs of the past, fit the description of good blood, as their pit records indicate. The Colby strain was developed on the principle of Best to Best. When that principle is no longer employed there is bound to be a drastic change in quality. In a very short period of time a great strain of dogs can be reduced to a strain that can do no more than refer to their pedigree and say “My great, great, grand-daddy was a pit dog….I think!”