The Alphington name has been protected by the ‘Rough Collie Breed Council’ since the early 1990s, before that it had been owned and used by two generations of the Newbery family, who had been enthusiastic supporters of the West Country canine scene.
Alphington Collies first came to prominence in the late 1920s with the blue merle dog Alphington Blue Jester, half brother to Ch Laund Lindrum, bred by Mr C. F. Pyle, ‘Glenack’, and the kennel remained active until the mid 1960s.
Despite their early association with blue merles Alphington will always be remembered for their sable and whites, including such famous dogs as Alphington Safeguard, Diamond King, Aristocrat, and Achievement, the latter gaining his title in 1938, all of which traced back to their first champion Alphington Merrymaid who, starting out in life as Seedley Snack, came, like all Alphington’s early stock, from a combination of Seedley and Ashtead breeding.
Wealthy landowners and farmers based in the Alphington area, west of Exeter, Devon, the Newbery family brought an experienced stockman’s eye to the art of Collie breeding, quickly acquiring a reputation for sound stock without exaggeration. Alphington’s comparative isolated location and the Newbery family’s farming connections during the second world-war, allowed Mr and Mrs Newbery to maintain a more viable kennel than many pre-war owners, ensuring that at the end of hostilities they were in a far better position than most to supply both show and breeding stock to Collie fanciers whether experienced or not.
The general soundness of a line which had maintained its purity over almost three decades explaining why Alphington Collies were the frequent choice of the more experienced breeder and repeatedly found behind the winning Collies of the late 1940s and early 1950s.