Clifford Ormsby: "...I started with this great breed when you could buy a Pit Bull pup for $5.00. Many times this pup had flat feet, narrow chest, no brisket, bowed legs, fiddle front, cow-hocks, was undershot and had an unreliable temperament. You could shop around and find some desirable ones but it was a problem to find good dominant breeders of quality...."
Clifford Ormsby with Ormsby's Madge
Clifford Ormsby:" Madge had the typical spirit and disposition to match her conformation. Strays lasted but a short time with her, but she was fool-proof around any children no matter how savage the child...."
Tudor's Jack II
Tudor's Black Jack 16xW & Cunningham's Nellie
Earl Tudor with Tudor's Black Jack 16xW
Swineford's King Paddy
Delihant's Paddy 5xW
Charlie Lloyd with Lloyd's Pilot
X-Pert Bassett's Nigger
The X-Pert bloodline is one of oldest in Am Staffs. It was started in 1930 by Clifford & Alberta Ormsby. They lived in Hornell, NY. Clifford Ormsby was 25 years old, Alberta was 22 when they began their breeding program. Foundation bitch of the X-Pert family is Ormsby's Madge. Clifford bought her in Texas.
Dorothy Ormsby with Ormsby's Madge
She was sired by famous pitbull Bennett's Mack, who was also known as Corrington's Mack C. Bennett's Mack was Corrington breeding. His bloods was a cross of Smith & Tudor's lines. Both lines had influence of old Henry bloodline, that was developed by Frank G.Henry in 1890's. But Tudor's dogs were mostly black part of the Henry line, when Charles Smith's dogs were more of the red part of the Henry line and more outcrossed than Tudor's. Tudor's part of Bennett's Mack pedigree was Tudor's Jack II, son of the great Tudor's Black Jack 16xW. In 1930's Tudor's gamedogs were as a sign of success. Earl Tudor of Oklahoma, or Oklahoma Kid as most dogmen of that time called him, was just 22 years old in 1915 when he won with Jack Swift. Earl became well known dogman all over the country in 1920's with his 16 times winner Black Jack dog and 9 times winner Black Jack Jr. There were many breeders in that time who decide to use Tudor's stuff in their breedings. Corrington was one of these breeders of that time. Ok, back to Ormsby's Madge... Her dam was Bennett's Queen, a cross of Hogan's & Pitts' lines. Hogan line was built on Henry blood. Some of Charles Smith's breedings are behind Hogan's too. Pitts' line was mostly old Colby's bloods with some Henry. So, here is Madge's pedigree.
Foundation dog of the X-Pert strain is X-Pert Torpedo. He was black-brindle colored, stocky boy. Torpedo was born in 1929. Ormsby's bought him in Kansas. Torpedo was the first dog with the X-Pert prefix. This black-brindle boy was by Van Vliet's B Grenadier out of Van Vliet's Great Labelle. His bloods are Smith's & Tudor's. Torpedo was a grandson of famous pit dogs Price's Butcher Boy and Tudor's King. That Butcher Boy is great-grandson of Tudor's Supreme (littermate of famous Tudor's Black Jack Jr).
It was very interesting choice for Cliff to make Tudor's blood more influential in the X-Pert breeding program. Just look at Torpedo's dam pedigree
If we look deeper into Tudor's pedigrees, we will find out that Henry bloodline went back to linebred on Charlie Lloyd's import Lloyd's Pilot pedigrees and old Gas House strain. Lloyd's Pilot was whelped in 1878 in England. Foundation dog of the Henry bloodline was Henry's Red Toddy, son of Delihant's Monkey 11xW. Monkey was littermate of Delihant's Paddy 5xW. These 2 Delihant dogs played very important role in Tudor's Black Jack 16xW pedigree.
Tudor's Black Jack 16xW
Tudor's Black Jack 16xW pedigree goes back to Delihant's Monkey 11xW through Black Tige, and to Delihant's Paddy 5xW through Mollie W. Both were by Feeley's Jessie out of Delihant's Crazy Kate 5xW. Feeley's Jessie was from Con Feeley bloodline. Con Feeley, who lived in Chicago, was well known gamedog breeder, some of his pedigrees went back to Lloyd's Pilot. Of course Feeley's Jessie was one of these dogs. Here is his pedigree.
Delihant's Crazy Kate 5xW was Dr Propeck breeding. Propeck had bitch of Kennedy line, that went back to Lloyd's Pilot and Harry Jennings Brindle Bitch. He bred her to Tony Thornton stud, Thornton's Brooks, grandson of Lloyd's Pilot. Here is Delihant's Crazy Kate 5xW pedigree.
So, Ormsby's foundation was based on strong Tudor's & Smith's bloods that is in fact old Henry Bloodline, which roots went back to Charlie Lloyd's Pilot and old Gas House strain. And it was a great choice. Confirmation to these words was a litter by Torpedo out of Madge. Puppies were just beautiful, black & black-brindle colored, with strong Henry influence. Most famous of them were X-Pert Black Jack and X-Pert Black Queen.
Here is the pedigree.
It is also important to tell about X-Pert Bassett's Nigger. Clifford purchased him in 1933. Nigger was black colored boy with uncropped ears. He was born in April 1, 1933. Nigger was without white markings. Nigger's sire was Bassett's Black Clinker, Nigger's dam was Dutcher's Black Bess. As you see Nigger was the dog of Capt. C. Bassett's linebreeding. And many of the Bassett dogs went back to some circus dogs bred by a man named Heise. Heise's pedigrees went back to famous Midnight dog.