Bobbery pack

Will cross-breeds ever rule in the field?

While I appreciate the wealth of pure-bred working gundog breeds, I would not hesitate to use a cross-breed working dog if it gave me an extra edge for a particular job. It takes months to train a gundog properly and minutes to ruin one, so it often pays to create a…

Korthals griffon

Popular gundog breeds – what’s on the rise?

Has the pedigree dog had its day? While it might be much too early to predict its eventual extinction, figures from the Kennel Club (KC) show compelling evidence of its decline. In 2006, a total of 103,773 gundogs were registered with the Club in the UK. Numbers held steady for the next…

spaniel in brambles

Are dogs really colour-blind?

ONE OF THE extraordinary things about dogs is that they may be able to mark a falling bird 200 yards away, but they will run straight past a dead bird lying in the open without seeing it. It’s a reminder that a dog’s eyesight is very different from our own.…

English springer spaniels

Time for the super-spaniel?

I don’t know how many English springer spaniels there are in the UK, but my guess would be between 160,000 and 200,000. This is based on 12,000 puppies being registered with the Kennel Club annually, plus the fact that there are many pure-bred but unregistered springers. Assume an average lifespan of…

Brittany spaniel

Rule Brittany

France and England may be separated only by a narrow stretch of water, but the difference in our shooting culture could hardly be more different. Shooting is hugely popular throughout France, but the French word used to describe it — la chasse — neatly sums up our continental cousins’ approach.…

Would a rescue spaniel be suitable for gundog training?

Gundog training: I recently went to a large rescue kennel and saw two spaniels in need of a home. Both are over a year old, and they were vocal and active when taken outside to a play area, but neither has papers.

Results of Kennel Club cocker spaniel Field Trials

Results of Kennel Club cocker spaniel Field Trials: The Kennel Club held its final two field trials of 2012 in Norfolk recently, with the Novice Cocker Spaniel Field Trial at Castle Rising, King’s Lynn, and the Open Cocker Spaniel Field Trial at Congham, King’s Lynn.

Kent Woman and Spaniel win top award first time

A woman from Kent and her talented two-year-old English Springer Spaniel, Alfie, have won first place in a top canine competition after entering for the very first time.

Spaniels tested on Anglesey

The Arfon Working Gundog Club held a working test for a.v. spaniel at Rhosmynach Fawr, Llys Dulas Estate, Anglesey by kind permission of Mr and Mrs John Pickering.

Moray Firth English springer spaniel stakes

The Moray Firth Spaniel and Retriever Club held their open English springer spaniel trial at Glenferness, with a novice stake held the next day at Tomatin.