Click on the dogs photo for a copy of their pedigree

This page is dedicated to the girls of Edgegrove Gundogs. They are listed in chronological order and date from my first spaniel to the current youngsters that Gill and I are trialling. All the springers have at least one line back to my original bitch - "GYP" - Rodent House Queen


Spaniel breeders have observed over many years that some notable sires do not produce top quality sons, but instead they sire great daughters, who then go on to create great sons. Why might this happen? Well a female has two X chromosomes (XX) and a male has an X and a Y (XY). As the X chromosome from the sire can only be given to his daughters, his sons will never inherit those traits. It is the dam that gives the X chromosome to her offspring. Since some desired traits are passed down on only the X chromosome it makes the dam line even more important.


The above sounds very scientific, but on the other hand over-simplifies the problems and chance of breeding top quality spaniels or any animals for that matter. However, it does shine some light on one fact that any breeder should take into account and that is of course the importance of the female line. For it is the positive traits that the female contains that the breeder is wishing to replicate. This does not mean that the male line is unimportant or any old sire is acceptable. Sires who, through their own bloodlines, have also demonstrated their ability to pass on similarly required traits should be considered for breeding.


Successful breeders realise they are always fighting "the drag of the breed," which is the tendency for all animals to breed back towards mediocrity. If it didn't work that way super species and indeed super racies would have developed long ago in every animal on earth. For instance in human beings it is impossible to breed parents with high IQs together to produce even higher IQs in their children. Even when two genius parents have children the average IQ of their children will be half way between normal and the average of their IQs. By the way Einstein himself was the off spring of parents who were themselves first cousins - and he married his first cousin. Obviously a bit of line breeding going on there.


Jeremy has always recognised, from the days of his farming experiences to the breeding of his spaniels, the importance of a strong female line and he has managed to keep a very strong female line in his springers right from the day he aquired his first bitch to the present.


Click on a photo for a copy of the pedigree.

Gyp

"GYP" - Rodent House Queen


My very first springer my parents bought as my leaving present from College. She was my foundation bitch and I still maintain a direct line back to her in my dogs.

Teak

"TEAK" - F.T.W. Edgegrove Teak


My first trial bitch who won her novice in 1988 and picked up two thirds and a fourth in Open Stakes. She produced three Field Trial Winners.

Kim

"Kim" - F.T.Ch. Highlands Lass Edgegrove


Kim shows all the physical traits and handsome features of the powerful dogs of her generation. Kim was bought in, but never produced quality offspring.

Jessie

"Jessie" - F.T.Ch Ravensgrove Jessie of Edgegrove


She produced one UK and one Swedish Field Trial Champion and five Field Trial Winners.

Rowan

"Rowan" F.T.W. Edgegrove Elen of Badgercourt


Rowan produced a Swedish Championship Winner and an American Field Trial Champion. She was a litter sister to Field Trial Champion Edgegrove Entitle.

Bee

"Bee" - F.T.W. Edgegrove Elate


Bee won her Novice Stake in the UK with me and was then sold to Sweden to Jorgan Anderson. She became a Swedish Field Trial Champion and her litter sister bred Swedish Field Trial Champion Edgegrove Hitch who went on to win the Swedish Championship.

Tilly

"Tilly" - F.T.W. Hotpoint Shona of Edgegrove


Fern has had a very successful trial career to date and I hope that it will continue. In addition to her Open Stake wins that made her up to a Champion, she was also fourth in the Irish Championship. She has a current eye certificate and is DNA clear to pra cord 1 and fuco.

Fern

"Fern" - F.T.Ch. Rothievale Ling of Edgegrove


Fern has had a very successful trial career to date and I hope that it will continue. In addition to her Open Stake wins that made her up to a Champion, she was also fourth in the Irish Championship. She has a current eye certificate and is DNA clear to pra cord 1 and fuco.

Bella

"Bella" - Alkindia Cinquefoil


Bella is Gill's first trial bitch. She has a full health certificate that includes DNA clear PRA Cord 1 and FUCO and she also has a current clear eye certificate. Bella is a very stylish bitch, easy to handle and is good in cover. It is hoped that she will have a litter of puppies soon.

Buckle

"Buckle" - Fenway Woodchat


Buckle is also Gill's bitch. She is very kind and easy to handle, but is very fast and stylish in her work. Like Bella we hope to have a litter of puppies, but not until next year.

Honey

"Honey" - F.T.Ch. Rothievale Maple of Edgegrove


Honey is a litter sister to Moss. She is fast and has fantastic style and one of those exceptional dogs that can hunt rabbit type ground as well as the rough stuff. Like her brother, she is quite at home in the brambles. Honey is now a Field Trial Champion. She has a current clear eye certificate and is DNA clear to pra cord 1 and clear to fuco.

Orb

"Orb" - Edgegrove Orb


Orb is a daughter of Fern. She is an extremely hard hunting bitch with a first class hunting technique. She has tremendous power and drive, but can be a little naughty when she wants to take things into her own hands. She has gained two seconds and a third in her first season and has won first time out at the start of the 2016/2017 season. I love her to bits!!

Stacy

"Stacy" - Wetlands Scream


Stacy is also Gill's bitch. She is very kind and easy to handle, but is very fast and stylish in her work. Last season she won her first Novice stake and went on to gain a COM in an Open.