We had always said that we would never be without an Irish Setter in the house. However, when our last Irish, Wickenberry Kumquat at Shannas – ‘Katie’, died at 12 years old, we felt that it might be wiser to have a smaller breed.
I had long admired John Thirlwell’s Ferndel Welsh Springer Spaniels and approached him to see if he would consider allowing us to have something from his breeding lines.
He didn’t have anything available at that time so we waited and waited............and then waited some more......
Eventually, he had a puppy from a litter that he thought we might like and Ferndel Philosopher came to us.
Proving a perfect complement to our Gordons, he was later joined by a bitch puppy, Ferndel Top Story - Sophie.
She had her first litter in August 2012 and we are starting to include some photos of her pups - see 'Ash' and 'Nettle' as puppies here.
Nettle (Ferdel True Story with Chanangel) has had a terrific start to her show career and more details are here
Ash (Ferndel Newsflash from Shannas) is also getting himself noticed - he has his own page on this link.
Their litter sister, Kay who lives overseas, is also winning well. Her details are here