So what is SpanielFest?

It’s pretty easy...its a festival to celebrate all things spaniel! As a team we share our lives with 17 Spaniels and have fallen head over heels for their kind hearts, eager pleasing natures and their all round bonkers, hard working and beautiful characters. 

This festival is aimed at, and includes all breeds of spaniels (as recognised by the UK Kennel Club as a spaniel type in the Gundog group) and spaniel crosses* e.g Sprocker (Springer x Cocker), raising awareness of this ever popular and truly wonderful breed. *At least one part of the cross must be a full Spaniel e.g Cockerpoo. 

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Over the weekend you can find out about

Spaniel History - Discover what your spaniel is bred for, what activities are best suited to this breed and how you can nurture and harness their instincts. 

Spaniel Health - Discover the health issues affecting your spaniel breed and what you can do to minimise and hopefully eradicate these from breeding responsibly. Discover the health tests that you should be asking for when buying a spaniel puppy, or if you are considering breeding from your Spaniel get real advice from people that are trying to better the breed. 

 

Spaniel Life - Pick activities throughout that weekend that will help show how to best use your spaniels natural talents helping to minimise behaviour problems that are sometimes found within the breed. Go home with new found training and skills awareness that will help you build a better working relationship. 

 

Spaniel Help – Why are our rescues full of these breeds, how can we stop this, how to help, how to rescue, and where to start. 

Spaniel Theft - Discover how to best protect your spaniel against the growing number of thefts; theft of dogs from the gundog group is on the increase. What can we do to reduce this from happening, and if the worst should happen...what plan do we need in place to give us the best chance at a happy reunion. 

 

The Activities 

Throughout the weekend you and your Spaniel(s) will have the opportunity to try out a variety of different workshops, offered by trainers from across the area. 

For the hunters and flushers we have our Gundog workshops, tailored to whatever ability level your Spaniel is at you can either brush up on skills or learn a whole new set! Harness that natural hunting ability and learn how to control and when to unleash it. 

For the speed demons we have agility, flyball and hoopers. These workshops are intended to help nurture the natural athleticism and agility of the breed; keeping the brain busy and the body active. All of these activities are a great way to give your Spaniel a job they will love. 

For the sniffers and the finders-for those that like to use their nose! That nose can often get them into trouble - Nose on - ears off!- let’s harness that desire with workshops in tracking and scentwork; perfect to challenge them mentally without the need for high breakneck speed! 

On top of all the activity workshops we will also have the opportunity for visitors and campers to listen and take part in some more relaxed activities such as massage and informative seminars.  

Plus! We have a few more things tucked under our collars...which we will announce soon! 

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What is the Gundog Group?

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters. Although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups, they make good companions with their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs. 

Spaniel Breeds- includes working and show strains- as listed by The Kennel Club (UK)

  • English Springer Spaniel

  • Welsh Springer Spaniel

  • English Cocker Spaniels

  • Clumber Spaniels

  • Sussex Spaniels

  • Field Spaniels

  • American Cocker Spaniels

  • American Water Spaniels

  • Irish Water Spaniels (recognised as a spaniel) 

 

Breeds that are not currently included:

Any crosses of spaniel that includes another ‘type’ i.e. Cockerpoo, Sprollie etc

Cavalier King Charles, King Charles spaniel, - these are toy group

Tibetan Spaniel  - Utility group

This festival is aimed at, and includes all breeds of spaniels (as recognised by the UK Kennel Club as a spaniel type in the Gundog group) and spaniel crosses* e.g Sprocker (Springer x Cocker), raising awareness of this ever popular and truly wonderful breed. *At least one part of the cross must be a full Spaniel e.g Cockerpoo. 

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