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Brockton's Bounce (dog, liver/white, w: 1861, EKC 768)

""768 Bounce" -- Mr. Brockton's, Farndon, near Newark (over 60lbs); breeder, the late Mr. S. Hole; born, 1861; colour, liver and white. Pedigree: By the "Duke of Newcastle's Bounce" out of "Juno" (not "Sir H. Goodrick's Fan", as stated in some catalogues). Chief Performances: Dog Shows, Ashburnham Hall, Cremorne, 2nd prize, 1864; Islington, Agricultural Hall, 1st prize, Champion Class, 1865; Manchester, Belle Vue, 1st prize, 1865; Nottingham, 1st prize, 1864 (and other prizes at local shows); Champion Prize at Islington, 1865, coupled with the Field Trials at Southill." -- EKC Studbook, 1874, Vol.I

""Brockton's Bounce" was a magnificent dog, a winner on the show bench, and of the first Field Trial in England. "Newton's Ranger" was another of the early performers, and he was very staunch and brilliant, but it was in the next five years that the most extraordinary Pointer merit was seen, as quite incomparable was "Sir Richard Garth's Drake", who was just five generations from the Spanish Pointer." -- Robert Leighton, 1910, Dogs and All About Them

""Brockton's Bounce", "Statter's Major", "Whitehouse's Hamlet", "Garth's Drake"! What names to conjure up visions of past glory in the game-fields of England! Mention this quartet and you have named the four cornerstones in the foundation of the Point breed. Add the name of "Price's Champion Bang" and you have heralded the principal fountainhead as we know it in this country today." -- The Sportsman's Bookshelf, Volume XIII, Hunting Dogs and Their Uses: The Stackpole Company, Harrisburg, PA, 1951

""Brockton's Bounce" was a magnificent dog, and he was the first pointer that ever won a field trial in England." -- EKC, September 1881

"... the inaugural (field) trials of all ... This was at Southill in 1865, when the Pointers were divided into large and small sizes, the former including "Mr. W.R. Brockton's Bounce" and "Mr. W.G. Newton's Ranger", and the latter "Mr. J.H. Whitehouse's Hamlet". In a maximum of 40 for nose, "Bounce" and "Hamlet" were accredited full marks, "Bounce" taking the highest compliment too in pace and range, and also for temperament. He was, therefore, estimated by the judges, the Rev. T. Pearce and Mr. Walker, of Halifax, to have been absolutely perfect. "Hamlet" was the same, both taking 90 in a hundred, but "Ranger" only got 30 for nose, and half marks for pace. This tallied much with his character at home, as although a good, steady, workmanlike dog, he yet was never quite brilliant, such as "Bounce" had the credit of being, and the late Mr. Whitehouse, a capital sportsman, would always contend that he never shot over a better than "Hamlet". -- G.S. Lowe, 1907, The New Book of the Dog

"In 1861 "Brockton's Bounce" was born, sired by the Duke of Newcastle's "Bounce". It was not clear how his mother "Juno" was bred but from the type "Brockton's Bounce" stamped on his offspring it seemed there was a lot of the "Edge" bloodline behind him for he not only resembled the "Edge" Pointers in appearance but in his temperamental characteristics as well. Again, for his day, he was a large dog weighing some 65 pounds, coloured dark liver and white and heavily ticked in the white. The "Edge" kennel were all liver and whites but with a characteristically dark liver and with many of them having golden or bronze shadings on cheeks." -- C.A. Robertshaw, 2000, Pointers Past & Present

""Brockton's Bounce"
by Duke of Newcastle's dog
by Duke of Portland's dog
by puppy bought at the Edge sale."
-- EKC November 1880

""Brockton's Bounce", got by a dog of the Duke of Newcastle's, by a dog from the Duke of Portland's, and the latter was by a dog brought at the Edge Sale as a puppy." -- EKC November 1880

The Edge Sale:
"On October 1st, 1844, there was another epoch-making sale at the death of Mr. Thomas Webb Edge (b. 1788) of Strelley Hall near Nottingham, the pointers being of nearly identical blood with the Hopton breed. ... Among other purchases was the fourth Duke of Portland, who at the advice of his sons, Lords Henry and George Bentinck, refreshed his kennel by the acquisition of the famous five-year-old stud-dog "Rake", and two brace of puppies. With these Lord Henry achieved remarkable results, culminating perhaps in "Mr. Price's Belle", a great trial-winner about 1872. Mr. T. Statter also established a valuable kennel with his selecitons from the nineteen pointers offered." -- Arkwright, 1906

"From the records that are available at this date, we find that "Brockton's Bounce" was by the "Duke of New Castle's Bounce" out of Juno, a bitch whose pedigree, it seems, was never tabulated, but tradition tells us that she was well-bred. 'Well-bred' covers a multitude of sins as a rule, but in this instance it seems to be different. "Brockton's Bounce" came from a locality where the Edge of Strelly blood was very much in evidence and even the writers of the early eighties state that if the entire truth were known it would be found that this dog is a direct descendent, on both sides, from dogs of this famous kennel, for he not only resembled the Edge pointers in appearance, but his temperamental characteristics were likewise identical. -- A.F. Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer

"In his day "Bounce" was called a dog of medium size, but at the present time he would be designated as a very large specimen, for he weighed fully sixty-five pounds. He was dark liver and white in color, heavily ticked in the white. Despite his size, he was clean-cut about the head and throat, but withal, he possessed great bone and substance. He stamped his progeny with all of his own physical characteristics, which is further evidence that his breeding was pure. In fact the breeders who used this dog were, no doubt, availing themselves of the very best Edge blood, although they might not have known it in their day. One of the characteristics of the Edge strain was that all the progeny were liver, white and ticked, many of them being endowed with golden or bronze shading on the cheeks. The liver was a very deep brown, and the flecks in the white were sharp. Lemon and whites and black and whites were entirely unknown among the direct descendents of the Edge blood. "Brockton's Bounce" never sired any of the latter colors, even when bred to bitches of these markings, and while he himself did not have the tan cheek shadings, many of his puppies were marked in this manner." -- A.F. Hochwalt, 1923, The Modern Pointer

""Brockton's Bounce" was a magnificent dog, a winner on the show bench, and of the first Field Trial in England. He strained from the Edge of Strelly's sort, and Lord Henry Bentinck's and was probably just seven-eights Pointer to one of Foxhound, within a period of forty-five years. That was the opinion of the late Mr. Sam Price, and of Mr. Brockton, who is alive now." -- G.S. Lowe, 1907, The New Book of the Dog

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