Shirrmontana Cocker Spaniels

Bred for health & temperament

13th February 2020

Today we had the DNA results back for 8 of our dogs, which were tested for AMS  - Acral Mutilation Syndrome -  which is a sensory neuropathy which causes an insensitivity to pain in the dogs feet.  This insensitivity can lead to severe self mutilation of their limbs.  This test can be used by breeders to ensure that puppies bred do not suffer from this condition.

We are pleased to announce that all 8 of our dogs tested CLEAR, so will never get it nor their offspring suffer with it.

9th March 2020

Today one of our girls went to stud, hopefully in 9 weeks we'll be hearing the pitter patter of tiny pads.  

If you are waiting on news on any up and coming litters, please check back in around 4 weeks for updates

9th March 2020

Doris's AON DNA test results are back from the US and we are pleased to say she is clear of this dreadful disease, which means all of our dogs are PRA, AON, AMS and FN clear so will never pass on any of these diseases to their offspring.

26th May 2020

Sad News today - this morning our vet confirmed that our lovable rogue Dylan has anal gland cancer, so tomorrow he faces a GA to have a biopsy taken to see which type of cancer it is, we're praying it's a slow growing cancer and it can be treated, if not, then it will be palliative care until when we know it's time to say goodbye.  He is such a lovely boy and my heart is breaking just thinking about what is happening.


Sadly Dylans cancer was terminal and he was struggling so we had to help him to the bridge, sleep tight darling boy, full of fun and antics right till the end,  sleep tight go find Callie at the bridge.  

20th July 2020

All of Maggies DNA test results are back and we're pleased to say she is CLEAR of cpra/pra, FN, AMS, AON

7th August 2020

We have no plans now for litters until end of Spring 2021.  As before we don't start a waiting list until pups have arrived safely and are doing well, once we have news of pups on the way you are more than welcome to contact to show your interest but this doesn't automatically get you at the top of the queue.  Previous puppy owners always get priority.

9th November 2020

The Kennel Club are now insisting that all 3rd generation hereditary clear dogs/bitches be retested to ensure no errors have been made along the way, so we've had Maggie fully tested, she has come back clear for everything and have now sent off Gus and Mabels DNA to Pet Genetics Lab to be tested, even though both are hereditary clear, this will enable us to give out copies of their health certificates when they have litters as the Kennel Club no longer list parents health tests on registration papers.  I will update both Gus and Mabels pages once their results are in in about 15 working days time.

12th November 2020

What a year this has been, sadly at the start of the year dad had to have a heart stent, all went well, but during his stay in hospital he was diagnosed with prostate cancer.  He had 6 months of hormone injections which brought his PSA levels down, but the last injection he had a bad reaction to, so his consultant decided not to give any more.  Dad had the option of waiting to see if the cancer 'woke up' or he could go for Radio Therapy.  Dad is 83 but decided he would like to go ahead with the RT, so 4 weeks of intensive treatment which finished end of October, we now have to wait until December 22nd to find out if the cancer has gone.

Since February we have sadly lost 3 of our 4 legged family, first Skye, then Dylan and then my darling Bea.

As we all know, we've then had 2 lockdowns, which has been hard on us all, our son and girlfriend were in isolation after finding out their friend tested positive for COVID, thankfully they were both tested and came back CLEAR, but that was a worrying 2 weeks.

Soon Christmas will be upon us and it's going to be a strange one, it was our year to have the whole family here for Christmas Day lunch, but that has been put on hold for now.

Lets all stay safe and pray things will get better for us all in 2021.


January 2021.......I now have the DNA kits ready to test Ava, Doris and Vera for pra/fn.....they are hereditary clear but as explained the Kennel Club now want every 3rd generation hereditary clear retested, in case of human error down the line.

Mabel and Gus test results all came back normal/clear and are showing on their own pages.

29th January 2021

Pet Genetics Lab results are in, Vera, Ava and Doris and all CLEAR for pra/fn.