Polly is now 9 1/2 months old and stands around 13 inches at the shoulder and weighs 6.8 kilos. She has yet to have her first heat, her Great Great Grandmother Millie who was pure Cavalier did not have her first heat until 14 months old. Polly is a result of putting Teagol (62.5% Cavalier, 25% Brittany and 12.5% Poodle) to Puddin' (100% Working Cocker). With Teagol we found bringing in Cavalier from both parents a bit of Chiari creeping back in. So decided on finding that on her MRI scan at one years old to bring in a bit of Cocker. It though could not be any old Cocker. So a quest was mounted and Puddin' was found bred from a line of small Cockers. He fitted the size and temperament requirements. He also has the icing on the cake. He is a really nice marked tricolour. You don't often see tricoloured Cockers has well marked as him. A lot of Working Cockers are wired for work and find it hard to chill. So I had to be careful bringing this into my lines. Breeding dogs is not just about anatomical health, but also breeding for good mental health.
So Polly is the result of our first outcross using a Working Cocker. She is 31.25% Cavalier 12.5% Brittany, 6.25% Poodle and 50% Working Cocker. So she is 93.75% Spaniel. She is a joy. Nothing overdone with her. So agile and so quick in mind and movement. Highly trainable and I'm pretty sure would excelle at agility. The stool she is sitting on (below) in the photos, she ascends with no effort, so she can watch what you are doing when cooking. Like her father, she loves water and outside when a wheelbarrow has been left out in the rain, she can be found in the wheelbarrow playing in the water. She also, as you are pushing a wheelbarrow along, will jump in to catch a lift. Travelling in the wheelbarrow as if we are going off on a crusade. She also loves to retrieve. Indoors she loves a bit of rough play, being very robust little girl. She is so soft mouthed when playing and when finished playing is the most loving of little dogs. Liking nothing more than to be curled up upon your lap. A true lap spaniel.
Active, sporting, sound little spaniels
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“Humans are aware of very little, it seems to me, the artificial brainy side of life, the worries and bills and the mechanisms of jobs, the doltish psychologies we've placed over our lives like a stencil. A dog keeps his life simple and unadorned.” Brad Watson, Last Days of the Dog-Men: Stories
Welcome to this blog. I am Jane, a hobby breeder, situated in North Devon, England, UK (map at bottom of page ,shows where we are) on a quest to breed a healthier small spaniel similar to the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
WE DO NOT EXPORT PUPPIES
Why I don't export
Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol