Breed History

Robert Kaleski (1877 - 1961)

Robert Kaleski
Robert Kaleski (1877-1961)

Kaleski was highly regarded in the Cattle Dog breed fancy and his opinions sought and respected. In 1922, James Moore, president of the Sheep-dog and Cattle-dog Club of Australia, wrote in the Sydney Mail:

"After I started [the Sheepdog and Cattle-dog Club of Australia], one of the first things we did was to adopt [Kaleski’s] standard as our guide. He then became a member to help us along and to give us the benefit of his experience. I might say that the Cattle and Sheep Dog Club of N.S.W. some years ago elected him as a life member in recognition of his services to those breeds."

Kaleski’s writings on dogs span fifty-five years, from the first publication of the Cattle Dog breed standard in 1903 to his signed article in the Australian Encyclopaedia in 1958 (republished in later editions). The new edition of Australian Barkers and Biters was published in 1933.

All of Kaleski’s publications after Australian Barkers and Biters should be disregarded.

However, critical study and comparison of Kaleski’s articles on Cattle Dogs reveals that the articles published after Australian Barkers and Biters contradict Australian Barkers and Biters and earlier publications and are, themselves, inconsistent with one another. This suggests that the consequences of some medical or other trauma may have compromised Kaleski’s judgmental processes although no such event is known to the present Kaleski family.

All of Kaleski’s publications after Australian Barkers and Biters should be disregarded.

The much-despised Dalmatian infusion, the Bentley Mark, and the Cattle Dog that needed red speckled legs so as not to show the dust, are all introduced post-Australian Barkers and Biters.

What ever it was, the misfortune that overtook Kaleski, we should be saddened, not contemptuous.