How we got to be an English Cocker Breeder from Wisconsin.
We started with the show or bench English Cocker Spaniel when our daughter was in 4H confirmation and obedience classes. I ensured that transportation was lined up and supported in whatever way was needed. We raised one batch of puppies with our American Kennel Club (AKC) show dog, Annie. We kept two of the puppies for pets, one for my daughter and the other one for my son. After my daughters got married, both of my son-in-laws liked to pheasant hunt. I wanted to get my own hunting dog and liked the temperament of the English Cocker so I decided on the field breeding. The dogs from field English Cocker breeding have a more rounded head, a lot less hair (we trim the feet and ears), more energy, better health, and are very intelligent when comparing field & show breeding. Comparing the temperament of field and show English Cockers they are about the same, very loving, obedient, and wanting to please. The temperament of our cockers is very relaxed and calm in the home. They do need and demand attention, as they will nudge my hand to get some petting. The dogs love to sit in my lap at the same time. They might bark if someone comes to the door to let you know someone is there, but they will calm down and wait to be petted after meeting strangers. My dogs bark when someone comes to the door, but my daughter's dogs do not, so results may vary depending on the dog.
While they're amazing family dogs, they're an even even better hunting dog. They know the difference between a regular car ride and going hunting. They start to become very excited when they realize they're going hunting and when this happens, they will usually start to shake as they aren't able to contain their enthusiasm. They can’t wait to get to the field and hunt! The English Cockers have earned their nick name “pocket rockets”. They are very energetic, close working dogs. It is fun to watch them work. I get many compliments from my clients about the dogs when I was guiding. I was previously a licensed guide in Wisconsin, but now it's expired because I like to maintain some free time for my grandkids so I can be active in their lives. October to December I go to North or South Dakota & Iowa hunting wild birds. To help promote the sport of hunting to the younger generation, I also volunteer as a guide for the Youth Hunt Events through Pheasants Forever and the Wisconsin DNR Learn to Hunt Program. Through volunteering I now guide and mentor young adults in bird hunting. The English Cockers being close working is an advantage with new hunters.