How Christopher got interested in this breed ...
One day, while on a pheasant hunt in South Dakota, Christopher had the pleasure of watching
an English cocker spaniel work. The dog was much smaller than all the other retrievers that
day, which were mostly labs and a few Boykins. Boy, did that little cocker run circles around
those other dogs! It was amazing the way the dog would take off like a rocket every time,
tirelessly retrieving bird after bird.
That very evening after the shoot, Christopher began learning as much as he could about the
breed. The more he learned about the field-bred English cocker spaniel, the more he realized
he had to have one of these dogs! After speaking with many of the top trainers in the
country, and asking them every question he could think of about the breed and training them,
he was hooked. Shortly after that, he made "Wally,"Fallen Wing's Welsh, a 3-year old male
from England, his first cocker, in March of '96.
Over the years, as Christopher began to search for dogs to build up his kennel, he learned
that while the breed is making a comeback in the U.S., they were not readily available. So he
concentrated on dogs with superior field trial pedigrees in an effort to bring the British legacy
of fine gun dogs to Southwest Georgia. We continually strive to improve the breed. Covey
Flush Kennels is small. We don't have many litters per year. Each and every puppy is whelped
in our home and well-socialized.
|Christopher's first dog:
Fallen Wing's Welsh
Maesydderwen Kestrel (UKG)
Wernffrwd Heulwen (UKG)
About the English cocker spaniel breed . . .
Sometimes you'll see them referred to as the "merry" cocker, which also brings to mind the phrase
"Merry Old England"; right? Hence, the name English cocker spaniel? Wrong. They originated in
Spain! They earned the "cocker" part of their name because they were able to get in the cockle
burrs to make a retrieve where other dogs couldn't.
This is basically the same dog as an English springer spaniel but about ten pounds lighter and a
little shorter. Our male English cockers are about 26 to 32 pounds, and are about 16 to 17 inches
tall, while our females range from 24 to 30 pounds, and go from 15 inches to 16 inches in height.
English cockers have webbed feet, a water-resistant second coat, and a powerhouse body that
gives them amazing strength. By leaving their tails slightly longer, as the British do, it acts as a
rudder, making them even more powerful swimmers. Even as short as they are, they're still able
to retrieve ducks and geese by dragging them to you once they get out of the water. Often times
the goose will weigh more than they do!
English cocker spaniels are super-smart fast learners that are eager to please. This makes them a delight to train -- although, occasionally, one can be
bull-headed. These dogs do NOT respond well to harsh discipline; that only sets them back, and will make them timid and cower. They are super eager
to please. So, if you'll use that to your advantage when working your pup, along with lots of repetition, you'll have him trained in no time. It's not the
length of time spent training but the frequency that gets results. They're naturally birdie and natural born retrievers. The only training really needed is
basic obedience: sit, come, stay, heel. The British combine "sit" and "stay" into one command; they say "hup." Because many of our dogs are from
England, that's the command we use. All of our dogs are excellent hunters and hunt every season. Some are used by local plantations as wagon dogs
for quail hunts. Because of the extremely high temperatures and humidity in this area, we don't get to hunt them as much as they and we would like.
Many of our customers are not interested in hunting. They're just looking for a well-rounded nice size family dog. This is the perfect breed! They're
very affectionate. They get along well with children as well as other animals. A field-bred English cocker spaniel will make an excellent addition to any
family. They are such a fun-loving, sweet breed, you won't be able to imagine your family not having at least one! And if you get two, they make great
companions for one another while you're at work or school.