If we believed everything in the advertisements for gun dogs then the countrside would be awash with the descendents of champions! It isn’t. A lot of, so called, gun dogs are distant offspring of dogs the were once working gun dogs but have long since become domestic dogs that go for a walk in the countryside. Many of these will make a half decent gun dog if rescued early from their idle lives but sadly many a good spaniel becomes demented by boredom. Don’t start there if you are looking for a gun dog puppy.
If you are going to give your dog a meanigful, happy life as a working gun dog please buy it from a working home with working parents. They are your best guide, but not guarantee, of getting the dog you really want to spend many years training and working. All the hip and back tests in the world aren’t as reliable as seeing a mature parent working happily in middle age and beyond.
September 2013 litter of working gun dogs available only to working homes.
Cocker spaniel pups
Ready for new homes on 25 October
Matt works his dogs year round raising a modest number of pups from his own lines, this is not a puppy farm! Call Matt to be considered for a puppy.
Deer numbers in the UK are on the rise and they need to be managed for their own good and for the sake of farmers precious crops. Being nocturnal most UK deer are rarely seen by the public so their existence, let alone the damage they cause, is unknow to most people. Banbi is the closest most families get to a deer!
Deer feed on vitually all arable crops as well as trees, especially young ones, doing millions of pounds worth of damage as well as destroying new timber plantings. In some woodlands there are virtually no new tree surviving long enough to replace the mature trees that will inevitably reach the end of their lives soon.
Professional deer management service
Most deer in the UK doing this damage are intruduced deer, escapees from deer parks, that have bred without any fear of natural predetors for decades. Red and roe deer are our truest native deer but most deer are fallow, sika, muntjak or Chinese water deer.
Deer management can be time consuming and expensive for farmers so provides another win/win opportunity for professional shooters to help out. The legal aspects of deer shooting are however more complex than other forms of game shooting and need careful consideration and should only be undertaken by experienced shooting guides.