Shirrmontana Cocker Spaniels

Bred for health & temperament

9th June 2021


Sadly due to me taking a nasty fall down our stairs which resulted in broken toes, injured back, severe bruising both ankles, elbows back of left thigh I'm not able to accept any girls for stud at the moment nor do I have plans for any litters at the moment, it's going to take a while for me to heal so for the time being I have to focus on me getting better while my husband cares for the dogs  -  Pictures below to show how much damage I managed to do to myself!  I thank my lucky stars that I didn't actually break my back or worse The 4th picture is the back of my left thigh, the bruise travelled around under my knee to my inner thigh.  Toe next to my baby toe is broken in 2 places, elbows bruised and very painful, in true Bristolian style I did a 'proper job' 

14th November 2021 - Sadly some local idiot decided to let fireworks off during the day on 6th November 2021 scaring our cat Dexter who hasn't been seen since.  I have posted leaflets through doors, attached posters to lamp posts, contacted vets, and Petlog as he is chipped but getting really worried as there have been no sightings of him, just praying he's safe, dry, warm and being fed.

January 2022

It is with heavy heart that at the end of 2023 I have decided to give up breeding, 25 years of bringing smiles to happy families faces, the ups and downs of breeding, decided it will be time to hang up my breeding boots and focus on family.  I have loved having litters, but the heartache of losing so many of my 4 legged family over the last 2 years has made me reconsider my life.  So all being well 2 litters this year, 2 next year, then that will be it.  

13th February 2022

All quiet here at the Shirrmontana home, all being well one of our girls is due in season around April time, so will be mated in due course.

Mila's pups are all settled in their new homes, been vet checked and all good.  Will post pictures on Mila's litter page as and when I receive them.

Please note, as always, I don't start a waiting list until the litter has arrived safely, so if you are looking for a pup please keep an eye on my website for news and updates.

19th February 2022

Yesterday I ordered the full package of DNA tests for Reggie, first from Pet Genetics Lab at the Isle of Man, they test for PRCD-PRA, AMS, FN, DM, EIC, GSDVII.

I have also ordered the DNA test from OFA in the US for the AON test.

All being well results should be back within 4 weeks from receipt of the testing kits.

When looking for a puppy please ensure BOTH parents have been fully DNA tested for the above, it costs around £200 for the tests and as it's DNA only needs doing the once.  As from 2023 the Kennel Club will only register 2 generations hereditary clear, genuine breeders will always test their breeding dogs to ensure they will never be affected by these dreadful diseases.

When visiting litters ask to see proof of tests, if done, they will have certificates from the companies that tested them and you can always check on the KC website for health tests performed on parents.  This is the link:

14th March 2022

We're pleased to say Reggies DNA results are back and he has tested clear for all tested, he has also been DNA profiled, this is used when unscrupulous breeders use other dogs pedigrees to register their litters, this way any pups can be tested and it can be proven that the dad isn't our boys, both Gus and Reggie are tested and so are all our girls.

8th April 2022

All quiet here, no signs of seasons, which I'm not really expecting until the end of the month, which is just as well as myself, husband Paul and son Kieran all have COVID, I'm feeling pretty rough at the moment so wouldn't be any good to my girls if they were due to have pups.  Fingers crossed this will be gone before the girls start coming into season

7th May 2022  Puppy plans!

Ok, slight change of plans, Vera is in season and today she was mated to our darling boy Reggie, this is his first mating so we now wait for 4 weeks to see if Vera is pregnant.  This litter will ALL be orange roan.

Please keep an eye on this site for any updates around beginning of June.

Please note I do not start a waiting list until the litter is safely on the ground, but if you would like to express an interest I will keep all of the emails and ask that you get back in touch once the litter has arrived.

If you need to discuss anything with me, please wait for confirmation of pregnancy then I'll happily give you a call for an informal chat.  But until then, please keep an eye on this page or I'm happy to answer any questions via email.

14th May 2022

Sadly today we had back a lovely black & white 5 year old boy from our Bea and Gus litter, due to a change in family circumstances.  He is such a lovely boy, a registered PAT dog, completed his KC training up to the Gold awards, he is neutered, up to date with vaccinations, microchipped.  So we will be looking for his new forever home soon.

16th May 2022

Thank you for all the enquiries for our lovely boy, I'm pleased to say he has now found his forever home.

26th May 2022

Still too early to say if we have a litter on the way, another 2 weeks and we should know one way or the other.

Apologies for lack of updates, I've not been too well, I had a major hypo which resulted in a seizure due to my blood glucose levels dropping too low and my body going into shutdown.  Spent a night in hospital, but home now, even if aching from head to toe, but I will be watching those levels closely from now on.  I've not had this type of hypo since I was a child, it was scary to wake up to our two daughters, son, husband and 2 paramedics standing over me.

3rd June 2022

Just a quick update, I have scanned Vera today and pleased to announce she is pregnant, not sure on numbers as it is still very early days, going by the matings she could be only be just over 3 weeks, only time will tell.  Once I have a clear indication of numbers and a better scan picture I will start a new page just for Vera and her pregnancy.  

As previously stated I don't start a waiting list until the litter has arrived safely, but if you have contacted me to show your interest you will get priority once my list is open.

6th June 2022

This morning I have noticed that Vera is bleeding, she is on antibiotics, so fingers crossed, but I am worried about what she is passing.  Will keep you all posted.

12th August 2022

As it's mine and Pauls wedding anniversary on the 17th September, we've booked to go to Hayle in Cornwall for a short break.  This will be the first time we've been away just the two of us, so going to feel a little strange.  Hopefully the weather will stay good for us.  35 years married!!  our son and his girlfriend will be here on doggie watch, so the house will never be empty.

4th September 2022

Typically Doris has come in season early, so unfortunately we won't be having a litter from her this time as it would class as a third litter, which the KC won't allow us to register.  We are also waiting on Maggie coming in season, providing she can wait till the start of October then we should be ok to have a litter from her, so watch this space.

11th November 2022

Nothing  to report,  Maggie is keeping us waiting it's been over a year since her last season, so could be anytime now,  we're in the process of having a new kitchen fitted so the household is upside down at the moment, but as everyone  keeps telling me, it will be worth it in the end.