Cloggauhills

L Rogers
Kington
Herefordshire
England
07534502862
cloggaulabradors@gmail.com

Breeders of:

  • Labrador Retriever
Sid Birdie & Boots

Sid Birdie & Boots

Grandparents with Mother and Daughter

Grandparents with Mother and Daughter

Daughter & Mother

Daughter & Mother

Mum & Gran on holls in Scotland

Mum & Gran on holls in Scotland

Welcome to Cloggauhills labradors. I first began working labradors at the tender age of six as my father had his own duck shoots and was a founder member of a game shoot where he continues to go throughout the season to this day. It was during these early years I had my first taste of what enjoyment and companionship ladradors could give to me. There was nothing better than seeing your beloved pet stroke working dog either flush the game while beating out or retrieve an injured bird while stood by the side of my father or his guests. The buzz and excitement remain with me to this day and at the time I never knew what an impact these early beginnings would hold over me. I did the usual thing as you grow up and was lucky enough to be given the oppportunity to have a pony then I joined the local Pony Club and moved onto horses. I also joined the local swimming club and went onto represent my county for many years. Sadly the dogs took at back seat during this time though my father continued to take our beloved pets out every Saturday to his syndicate shoot and I went out occasionally on our Duck shoot. I then I had my first job at the local vets, a dream come true and these were very happy times. I decided to try travelling and I got the bug so this was my life for the next thirteen years. Throughout this time I seemed to veer towards the shooting folk, rough shooting in New Zealand with plenty of fishing, Roo, Goat and Possum shooting in Australia then flighting in on various family and friends properties in both countries. There was a wide variety of dogs that people worked during this time, including sheep dogs!!!!!!, but my first love remained with the labrador. I then settled down back in this country and the itchy feet became less itchy until one fine day a friend came back with my first ever labrador and we named her Boots. My travellling days were numbered. She taught me more than I could ever teach her and now at the fine age of 12 she has settled in next to the Rayburn in the chair and is content to see the young ones go out and do their stuff. Boots came with no papers and had a bit of a temper so for these two reasons I never bred from her though many a person pleaded for a puppy due to her working ability. I then saw my first ever Fox Red lab (Mrs Diana Jones of Deuarth and the Late Mr Tom Jones) and decided that the time was right for me to get Boots a partner in crime. Back then I had to go on a waiting list and three years later Birdie came along. Birdie has the sweetest of natures and can do her stuff while out picking up or being my peg dog and again people asked if I would consider having a litter, the answer was yes and that was the start of things to come. Betty then arrived, who I kept from Birdies first litter (Birdie was three at the time), and Betty proved to be a match for Mum and her step Aunty in the field and surpassed all my expectations. At the age of three Betty had her first litter and Birdie at the age of seven had her second and last. Betty then went on to have a second litter this year and may have one further litter before she reaches eight. I only have a litter when I am asked for a pup and when I think the time is right for a new girl to join our team. From previous litters I kept Brie and Bie and all three of us have taken the plunge in joining the local Field Trialing training group which is a whole new experience. During the past six years I have trained several dogs for the shooting field for both myself, family and people who have purchased a puppy from me and this year I felt the time was right to see what this Field Trialing game was all about....I am keeping an open mind. I only ever breed from one of my girls if I am confident their temperament permits and they are capable working dogs. My girls are companions, sofa warmers, shrinks, friends and during the season wonderful picking up and peg dogs........my husband has even got the bug for shooting and is comming to terms with the girls being in the house!! This was part of our pree nup! I do kennel the girls if we go off for the day or if it is a buisy time on the farm but they always come back in the house at the end of the day. We even try to tailor our holiday around them and just before the season kicks off again head up to bonnie Scotland for a bit or R&R out of the money they earned the year before. Life without my faithful girls is something I could not imagine, who else can put up with those dreaded mood swings and still be happy to see you? They also like my cooking when no one else does!

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