|...All About Tollgate Welsh Terriers...
|Kennel History: Beginning With Bud
Tollgate Terriers started with Cambrian Aur Coron (aka “Bud”), bought as a
show dog in 1990. He tried very hard in the show ring without much success,
but his true calling was a beloved pet and Ambassador for the Breed, a post he
filled admirably for almost 14 years.
After a few false starts, finally I was able to buy my first good bitch, Ch
Rattletrap Tollgate Moccasin (“Molly”), bred from Briggsdale stock by Chris
Hofer (Rattletrap), and a daughter of the incomparable Ch Kirkwood Top
Brass. Molly’s excellent show ring performance was eclipsed by her prowess as
a dam of champions. Though Molly only gave me one litter before going to live
in Oklahoma with co-owner Kim Ward (CornerStone Terriers), she continued
to produce champions. Her sons, daughters and collateral relatives are now my
breeding stock. Her grandchildren, most of whom are still in the show ring, will
carry on her legacy. Molly now lives at Briggsdale Kennel, a hale and hearty 10
|Meet The Owner: Becky Eterno
I am a small hobby breeder of high-quality Welsh Terriers located in suburban Kendall County, Texas. I breed for show and
pets, with 9 homebred champions so far. I often groom and show my own dogs, but also use local handlers. I usually have
one or two dogs in the show ring at a time, and, given our small numbers and the relatively few shows we enter, we’ve done
very well. Tollgate dogs have made a creditable showing against the best company during our national specialty weekend in
Pennsylvania and at other regional specialties, sometimes even with me at the helm!
I’ve been active in our national club, WTCA, since joining in 1992. I have served the WTCA as Corresponding Secretary,
Welsh Wag editor twice and am presently a board member. I'm also a member of WTCARES, coordinating rescues for the
San Antonio area. The parent club makes the decisions and policies which affect the welfare of the breed, and it’s important
to me to make sure we do our best for Welsh terriers, whether they are conformation, agility, obedience or earthdog
competitors. Or just beloved pets, which all Welshes eventually become, whatever their previous careers. Whether or not I
have puppies or dogs available, I’m always happy to talk to people about the breed at shows or via phone and email.
|I am a member of the Welsh Terrier Club of Southern
California, the Rocky Mountain Welsh Terrier Club, the
Rocky Mountain All-Terrier Club, the American Fox
Terrier Club and the Smooth Fox Terrier Association of
America. We also belong to the Welsh Springer Spaniel
Club of America, since we like to have a token sporting
My other interest for Welshes is Earthdog competition,
since this is the original job these dogs were bred to do.
We’re not very good at going to ground yet – plenty of
instinct there, but still a lot of suspicion about crawling into
those dark holes. Despite their trepidation about tunnels,
my dogs, like most Welshes, avidly hunt anything they can
catch – I just wish they’d stop trying to eat toads….
We have only a small kennel space, and all the dogs rotate
as house pets --we typically have 5 or 6 adults here.
House life is a great civilizing influence on typically rowdy
|youngsters and a treat for all the dogs. Oldsters especially love the soft life of couches and tidbits in the kitchen.
Our puppies are whelped in the spare bedroom and raised in the kitchen, so I obviously can accommodate only a couple of
litters a year at most. I breed to improve my stock, to provide myself with show dogs, and, of course, to provide a few well-
chosen families with good-looking, health-guaranteed pets.
Most of our puppies go to pet homes. Many Tollgate “pet” puppies could have been shown successfully, but owners willing
to learn to groom and show a wire-coated terrier or pay a professional to do it are few and far between. The show ring’s
loss is the pet owner’s gain! While beauty may be paramount in the show ring, stable temperament is integral to all good
Welsh Terriers, show dogs and pets alike.