Cayo & Donna Matvejs
This website and our breeding program here at Currant Catahoulas is dedicated to the memory of a beloved woman who gave so much of herself to others, Mrs. Donna Matvejs. Donna dedicated her life to the advancement of the Catahoula breed and selflessly helped us to continue Cayo’s line in Australia. She will always be remembered through Cayo’s puppies here in Australia.
Full name: Quint Grand Champion of Champions Oak Run’s Cayo Conch
Due to the closeness of the blood lines that existed in Australia at the time, we decided that in order to continue breeding high quality Catahoulas, we must obtain some new blood lines. In 2005 we began the process of importing semen into Australia. Donna gladly helped us with this and in 2007 we had our first litter of puppies, direct decendents of Cayo. These Cayo puppies were the first new bloodline to be bought into Australia in more than 5 years and would substantially reduce the amount of in-breeding occurring in Australia.
Cayo was recommended to us by Betty-Ann at the NALC as a very high quality line. Cayo was also a proven multiple champion in both conformations, treeing and hog baying. Cayo is a 5-way NALC champion including:
- Conformation champion
- Treeing champion
- Rare breed champion
- Grand champion of Champion at Conformation Show
- Hog Bay (A) champion
- ARBA Master Champion (American Rare Breed Association)
- Best junior in show – ARBA 2003
- Best adult in show – ARBA 2003
Cayo is a very well loved and well natured dog. He loves playing with children, including pulling them in his cart. He enjoys spending time in his home which included creature comforts such as a T.V., couch and air-conditioning. However, his pride of place was snuggly in Donna’s bed every night. Following the demise of Donna, Cayo is now looked after by friends.
Cayo has the best PennHIP score known to the breed Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog (R = .16, L = .20). N.B. Penn Hip stands for the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program, testing for Canine Hip Dysplacia.
Cayo is registered with the NALC, ARBA, ABDR, and UKC.