As a breeder, I am extremely proud of and passionate about all of the puppies that I breed. Puppies that are placed into pet homes are placed on the Limited Register with Dogs Queensland. If you have not had a puppy on the Limited Register before, I hope you find the information below useful.
What does the Limited Register mean?
The Limited Register allows you (should you wish) to compete in the following dog sports:
Dances with Dogs
Gundog Retrieving & Field Trials
The Limited Register does mean however, that you cannot compete in Conformation Showing. The Limited Register also means that you cannot breed from your puppy.
Why does the Limited Register exist?
The Limited Register has two parts that make up the “Limited” side of it. Breeding & Showing.
Not every dog is suited for the show ring. Often the temperaments suited for the show ring are quite different to the temperaments welcomed in pet homes. Not every dog will have the required structure and movement for the show ring.
If you really would like to show your puppy, please feel free to contact me to assess whether your dog will be suitable for the show ring and about placing him/her on the Neuter Register after you have them desexed.
A Limited Register dog/bitch cannot be bred from. There are several reasons for this but the primary reason for this is purely for the health of the Cocker Spaniel breed.
As a breeder, I test for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Familial Nephropathy (FN). These diseases are inherent to our wonderful breed.
Progressive Retinal Atrophy is a disease that affects the retina in dogs eyes. A puppy born with PRA, is born with cells in their retina that are programmed to die and the end result is blindness. A PRA affected Cocker Spaniel will generally show degeneration between 3 – 5 years old. A Cocker Spaniel with PRA, will live on with it although the owner may need to make modifications to the dog’s lifestyle in order to reduce stress and accommodate the dog.
Familial Nephropathy is a disease that affects the kidneys. Puppies born with FN are born with an abnormal structure in the walls of the kidneys. This abnormality effects the ability for the kidney to remove waste from the blood and to produce urine. Often the dogs urine has abnormal levels of protein in it.
FAMILIAL NEPHROPATHY IS FATAL and it has a RAPID EARLY ONSET!
Most Cocker Spaniels affected by FN will show signs between 6 months and 2 years old and will die from the disease. There is no cure for FN.
The three status’ of PRA and FN:
Affected. This means that the dog/bitch will develop the disease/s and should not be bred from.
Carrier. This means that the dog/bitch will not develop the disease themselves, however if a “Carrier” is bred to another “Carrier”, puppies will be born “Affected” and those puppies will contract the disease/s.
Clear. This means that the dog/bitch when mated to another “Clear” dog/bitch, will not have ANY puppies with with PRA or FN
As a breeder, I do not breed from any dogs/bitches who’s test results come back as “Affected”. This means that none of my puppies will ever develop PRA or FN. I may however breed from a “Carrier” to a “Clear”. The result of this is that generally 50% of the puppies born in that litter will be “Clear” and 50% will be a “Carrier”. Any puppies that I keep from these litters are tested to determine their status of whether they are “Clear” or a “Carrier” so that I can continue to ensure that I do not produce any puppies that will be “Affected”. The problem with people breeding dogs who are not ANKC Registered Breeders, is that they are generally as a whole not health tested and the owners may not understand much about PRA or FN. If their dog doesn’t have it, they have very little reason to research it as it will never affect their dog.
If two Cocker Spaniels are bred and both were Carrier/s but neither had been health tested, the end result could be disastrous. Please, if breeding ever crosses your mind, just imagine for a moment how you would feel if your vet told you that your beautiful six month old puppy was going to die from renal failure.
As a responsible breeder, I strongly recommend that all of my pet owners, desex their pets.
Whilst there are many varying opinions on what is the best procedure or the best age for desexing your pet, I recommend that you discuss this with your vet. If you are still unsure, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will do my best to answer any questions that you have.
There is a myth that it is good for a bitch to have a litter of pups before she is desexed. This simply is not the case. For some large breeds, it is recommended that they are not desexed till an older age due to the growth plates taking a long time to close, but in a medium dog such as a Cocker Spaniel, they can be done at a relatively young age.