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Breeder of Merit: Bonnie Threlfall

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People who play dog ​​sports can wear many hats, and Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, NC, has put them on almost all: Born to a show family canine, she has been breeding her English Cockers Edgewood for overe 40 years old. After a ten-year stint as a professional material handler from the late 1970s to the 1980s, she began her career as a judge almost 20 years ago. Judges Threlfall in the Sporting and Hound groups, along with a handful of other races in various groups. In between, she finds time to breed a litter every year or two with her son Evan and wife Stacy, themselves professional masters who attend dog shows with Threlfall"s two grandsons, that we often find sleeping on comfy duvets in their playpen among the dog crates. Here Bonnie Threlfall explains how she was struck by the English Cocker Spaniel, why finding a puppy can be a challenge, and his best advice for newbies in the sport. A family affair My godmother had Samoyeds group and national specialty winners in the 1940s and 1950s, and she introduced my dad to the dog - show the world. He had Labrador Retrievers , so I grew up in this sport. Good things, small packages I "ll always love Labs, but if I was to be an occasional breeder they were just too big and had too many puppies - at least that was my teenage thought .I also had an Irish Water Spaniel who was the great-grandmother of the 1979 Westminster Best in Show winner Ch. Irishtocrates of Oak Tree, but the same s "applied to this breed. I grew up on Long Island, which at the time was a hotbed of canine activities, and I knew a lady who had bred English Cockers. As a breed they were very attractive.look good, but they were still very sturdy - you"d be surprised at their weight, a good 30 pounds - and they have just enough hair to be attractive. Supply and demand In England, English cockers are very popular , Butit is exactly the opposite here. Usually people only know the breed through word of mouth. The average litter size is five, and we only breed to have another dog to continue with. They only come in season once a year, and sometimes even longer. As a result, we never have enough puppies for everyone. Biggest misconception among pet owners Because As they have less hair than an American Cocker Spaniel, some people believe that there is less grooming involved with English Cockers. The hair actually needs to be stripped back which, if done right, doesn"t take a bit of time. It is a lot of maintenance. I think it"s worth it - almost every day. Most animals simply use a clipper. Biggest misunderstandingamong the show people They look like a miniature Setter. They think the English Cocker Spaniel should be a racy and narrow dog when in reality it is the opposite - it should be a tall, chunky ribbed, short-paired, sturdy, sturdy dog. Field notes When the breed has been developed, it is not There was no refrigeration, so the dogs only needed to bring a bird or two. But in today"s field trials, the emphasis is on speed and the number of birds brought back, which is completely different from the breed"s original goal: being fast doesn"t help. not when you walk through heathers five feet high and pushing through deep thickets to flush a bird. The AKC working test, which many of our show dogs do, looks a lot more like the original conditionss of breed. Why become an AKC Merit Breeder? At the most basic level, separate ethical and preserved breeders from strictly for-profit breeders. Puppy 911 I am always available to help and answer questions. My puppies know that I will always take back one of my puppies, regardless of the dog"s age, in the event of unforeseen circumstances. I always send birthday wishes to all my puppies, so that I am in contact at least once a year for their entire life. Food for thought Although they are a very kind and gentle, English Cockers are also extremely food oriented. A lot of people say this about their breed, but I don"t know a lot of breeds that would fly away on a binge tossing a grind.u regular iceberg lettuce. Most common breeding error This is a breed very sweet, so much so that a show dog will not thrive as a kennel dog - he has to be a pet too. As a result, many owners are unable to impartially assess their dog for its strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, as the breed is available in many colors and patterns, breeding choices are made on color desires and not on quality of conformation. Forward Thinker I breed with two or three in mind future breeding. My goal is to improve my dogs while doing no harm to the breed. I"m looking for a stallion, then I look at his pedigree . If I wonder how such a nice dog came from this pedigree, I don"twill be at its use. Priority in the Ring I am interested in judging n " any breed like a breeder would - I"m not just looking for a great show dog. If I have a class where the quality isn"t great and I"m struggling, I wonder, "What if these are the last three left in the world? If I bring the breed back, which one would I use? Words of Wisdom for Beginners Understand that the breed didn "t start when you had your first dog. It is so important to collect as many old books and magazines as possible about the breed and to read and assimilate them. Pick as many specialties as you can, touch as many dogs as you can (not just those related to your dog), keep your mouth shut, and just listen. Find out more about the Breeder of Merit Program .