We breed regularly to improve our show and breeding stock and, because we cannot keep them all, we often have puppies available for sale to good homes. This page contains information which will be useful if you are thinking about purchasing a cocker spaniel puppy from us.
We happily comply with the Canine Association of Western Australia’s Code of Ethics and Code of Practice for Hereditary Diseases. These are detailed documents which describe how members of the association will breed from and sell dogs. (for full copies of these Codes, and other info for prospective dog owners, go to the CAWA site at www.cawa.asn.net.au).
While we are breeding for show conformation, temperament is vital to us. We are breeding from the same basic families of dogs which two generations of our own children have grown with and loved. All our puppies are extensively handled by both adults and children and we happily let the youngest member of the family (Megan, born in Nov 2002) roam in and out of the kennel with our adult dogs and our bitches with puppies. An essential ingredient in any cocker is the character – they should be a merry, loving family dog. We do not, and will not keep dogs with traces of aggression. If you want a guard dog, don’t buy one of our cockers because while they will let you know the burglar is there by barking, it will be barks of welcome not defence!
Unless we are selling to a registered breeder for show and breeding purposes, all our puppies are sold as “pets only” and female puppies are sterilized before leaving the kennel. We supply an Extract of Birth Certificate with a three generation pedigree, the date of birth, sex and colour of each puppy. While this is not an official certificate of registration for show and breeding use all puppies sold by us are bred from registered parents and all puppies are registered. We welcome visitors both seeing and handling the parents and other family members of any puppies which are for sale.
First of all, determine that a cocker spaniel is the best dog for you and the one that you truly wish to spend your life with. Then decide from where you are going to get your puppy. Ask people who have a cocker for their advice, contact the Canine Association for a list of breeders (see Tip below) , maybe go to a dog show to look at the dogs there, ask breeders of other dog breeds who they recommend - anything you can do to get an idea of where to buy your puppy from. Then visit some breeders and kennels, handle their dogs and ask them questions about the breed and their bloodlines. We welcome visitors handling our dogs, but please phone to make an appointment first (to make sure that you do not arrive at feeding time or when we are just about to whiz off to a dog show!).
A Special Note on
Choosing the Sex of your Puppy
We supply all puppy purchasers with:
All puppies are regularly wormed and are Vet checked at the time of vaccination.
In April 2003 the Animal Welfare General Regulations (2003) were proclaimed by the Western Australian State Government. These included the following:
Please do not ask us to dock your puppy’s tail.
What you can do to make the transition to your home easy for a puppy
Puppies are often extremely stressed by the move from a comforting “pack” situation into a home where they are the only dog. They will often experience some diarrhoea, maybe even with some blood in it, for the first few days. Provided that they are happy and eating and drinking well, do not worry, this will settle down in time.
From time to time we have older dogs who we will consider parting with to the right family or home. While we are never happy to part with them, it is a fact of life that they will have a better and more comfortable retirement in the luxury of a family home where they are individually spoilt and cosseted, then they ever will in a kennel situation. Not all of our older dogs do go to homes and it is not a common occurrence. If you believe you could offer such a home to a retired show dog (maybe the days of puppy training are not for you) and you would like to be added to our register of interested owners please contact us. We try to match dogs with ownership situations and the availability of both is very variable. We charge a small price to cover sterilization because we have found in the past that a financial cost weeds out those people who are simply looking for a “cheap dog”. Those people willing to give their love to and adopt an older “pre-loved” cocker are a special breed themselves and we would love to hear from you if you fit that category.
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