Thank you for visiting our web site. We have been involved with English Cocker Spaniels since 1986. I am a Life Member of the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) with over 30 years of active membership. I have over 25 years of continuous membership in the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America (ECSCA). I am bound by the ethics and principles of both these organizations.
We obtained our first puppy in the summer of 1986 and started taking him to puppy socialization classes. We completed our first obedience title in May 1988. We subsequently purchased another obedience prospect and were hooked on obedience training. We really became aware of the importance of the adherence to sound breeding principles and intensive health testing as dogs belonging to friends of ours in the 90’s started to have issues in the obedience and agility rings due to poor health, poor structure or questionable temperament.
We are a very small time breeder of purebred English Cocker Spaniels and focus exclusively on this breed. We do not breed every year. Our priority in any breeding is first and foremost to keep a puppy for ourselves. We bred our first litter in 1994 and have only bred 11 litters in total. We do a lot of different activities with our dogs, such as obedience, rally, tracking and conformation and that keeps us busy! (For information on upcoming litters, please refer to the page “Litter Plans”.)
In our 11 litters to date, we have a few highlights and I expect more accomplishments. Dogs we have kept for ourselves have:
- obtained 60+ performance and conformation titles in both Canada and the US
- participated in the 2001 invitational High in Trial of High in Trials with Carfrae Handle with Care (Clara). Clara was the first and the only English Cocker Spaniel to date to qualify for and participate in this competition. She was bred, owned and trained by me.
- won the prestigious 2009 Best Puppy in Puppy Sweepstakes, English Cocker Spaniel Club of America national specialty dog show at Huron Ohio, with TUX. TUX defeated over 120 puppies and is the 5th Canadian bred English Cocker Spaniel in over 50 years to win this award.
- completed UD, CDX and CD obedience titles on 3 different English Cocker Spaniels of our own breeding in the last eight months of 2014 (Olivia, and her sons TUX and Crosby)
- achieved owner handled multiple group placements on two of our boys, despite random attendance at occasional conformation shows a year (TUX, Crosby)
- obtained “titles at both ends of their names” for several of our past and current dogs
English Cocker Spaniels that we have bred and sold to other fanciers have accomplished the following:
- 60+ conformation and performance titles including AAC and AKC Agility Trial Champions, AKC and CKC Champion Trackers and the coveted AKC VCD3 designation.
- obtained both an American Champion Tracker (CT) and Canadian Tracking Championship (TCh), becoming the very first dog of ANY breed in North America to accomplish this (Carfrae Me and My Shadow). If you have done tracking, you know how much effort and energy that took for that special owner/dog team.
Most important of all, we have produced a number of very beloved family companions.
The last few years were busy for us. In 2010, we sold our cottage on Carfrae Island, Pointe au Baril, Ontario and purchased this property. The house was structurally sound but had been let go over the years. We have done a lot of work on the property, more remains to be done inside the house. We have an insulated, small training building that is heated and air conditioned, acres of fields that are superb for tracking and a pool that is wonderful for exercising dogs (and humans) in the summer heat. Our permanent outdoor obedience training ring was completed in 2015 and is resistant to the Northumberland Hills winds.
As we ourselves get older, we are turning our focus from breeding and occasional conformation shows to full time performance training and competition. Whitney’s 2017 litter will be our last litter. Going forward, I intend to focus on completing several OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion) designations on some of our homebred dogs. Our beautiful tracking fields, just fifty feet from our front door, are very enticing for our tracking prospects.
Visitors are welcome, but we need to schedule your visit (and give you directions). To keep up with our various activities throughout the year, be sure to regularly check our news and updates page.