Exciting, differing litters in 2017
Our previous litters have been from proven working stock, always stimulated by us needing a dog for ourselves. This means that we breed only very occasionally. The puppies we sold from our litters are settled happily into a mixture of working and pet homes which says a lot for the temperament and nature of the line. Next litter will hopefully be from Millie in 2018 (see below)
Rigg was mated to James Darley’s Venaticus Isabella (Spot) – a special union as Spot also has AV Awards and has won a minor breeds trial. She is a low COI bitch and brings new blood into our kennels as we have kept Ruby, the first of two puppies to join us as a result of Rigg’s stud activity.
The second use of Rigg has been to Parkforth Lily (Pimms) and is a mating focussed on maintaining solid working lines. Pimms was a successful trialling bitch last season and impresses with a thorough approach to her work. This, combined with the flashy style of Rigg could produce delightful dogs to shoot over, and for the trialling advancement of the breed. Although a small reduction in COI of Rigg has been achieved here we take a long term strategic view for this particular litter. This is viewed as an opportunity to further enhance working ability and fix some stunning working type attributes. The pups will be valuable to the breed in that we will then have the opportunity to breed for lower COI and EIC clear status with the following generation.
Despite Rigg’s obvious importance to the working lines we will limit his stud opportunities, so that popular sire syndrome does not become an issue. Generally our criteria will be based around if we would like to take a puppy from the litter. This is very much a subjective view based around what we would like to see carried forward from this remarkable dog. We anticipate about 5 uses of Rigg at stud, 4 to outright working bitches and we may consider 1 stud to the show fraternity if a breeder showing full health testing and a genuine desire to gain working ability into their line emerges.
In 2018 Millie will have a litter (if she agrees!) from a carefully chosen working stud. This will come from outside our kennel. As an EIC clear working bitch with excellent hips and eyes plus 2 field trial wins and one second in her 3 minority breed trial outings last year she obviously has much to offer the breed.
Other WCSS work-bred litters
If you are looking for puppies earlier than this then we suggest you look on the puppies available page at www.workingclumber.co.uk. We maintain that page on behalf of the Working Clumber Spaniel Society. We are also happy to have conversations with anyone looking for general information before getting their first working Clumber spaniel.