Stud Dogs

FTCh Birdsgreen Cluedo of Wedgnock (Cluanie)

A natural hunting dog of huge potential.

Cluanie was born on 28th April 2013 and is a superb looking dog, very strong and athletic.

He won his First Field Trial aged 17 months, and went on to win two Open Trials in 2016, making him up to a Field Trial Champion.

Cluanie went on to qualify for four Retriever Championships in succession in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 by winning 5 more Open Field Trials and was  awarded 15 places in Open Field Trials.

In 2018 Cluanie was selected to represent England in the Retriever team and we won both of the International events at the Scottish and English Game Fairs.

In 2019 Cluanie was selected for the winning England Retriever team for the Game Fair.

Ex FTW Birdsgreen Griffon (who is by FTCh Mansengreen Diesel of Birdsgreen), and by FTW Garrethall Quip (by FTCh Waterford Fergus), it is a well planned pedigree with 27 Field Trial Champions behind it.

He is a very soft, friendly dog and easy to train as can be seen from his early wins in competition!

Hips 3/3, Elbows 0, PRA, CNM, SD2, EIC tested and clear eyes. You can read Cluanie's health information on the Kennel Club health test results finder, and his pedigree is below.

If you'd like to see some more photos or videos of Cluanie working please have a look at the Gallery page!

   Open Field Trial Winner Sothebys Choice of Wedgnock (Otto)

Otto is by my FTCh Astraglen Hail. He has huge potential, is very fast like his father with loads of drive (in fact I think he’s got two jet engines!). His pedigree is full of  Field Trial Champions!

He has a lovely temperament. Athletic, medium size and build, and a nice friendly character.

Hips 7/7, Elbows 0, PRA, CNM, EIC, SD2 clear. Clear eyes (current).

I ran Otto in his first test (the prestigious Windsor Charity Test), and we won!

Otto ran in his first field trial on 11th September 2017 and he won it!

He then went on to win his 3rd trial South West Golden Retriever Club AV Open Stake

In 2019 Otto was selected to run in the England Retriever Team at the Skinners World Cup in which we finished in second place and the winning England Gundog team at the Scottish Game fair at Scone 

You can read Otto's health information on the Kennel Club health test results finder, and you can read his pedigree below.

If you'd like to see more photos or videos of Otto working please have a look at the gallery page!

FTW Gatekeeper Boycie Del Hartleyjean (Del)

Golden Retriever FTW Gatekeeper Boycie Del Hartleyjean (Del)
Elbows 0/0
Hips 5/6
Clear eye certificate 
GPRA 1 clear
GPRA 2 clear
prcdPRA clear 

ICT-A clear
Excellent KC EBV
Proven stud dog

Del is stylish dog with loads of drive. He is producing stunning puppies.
He has a wonderful temperament, he is calm and quiet at heel, but shows speed and determination in his work. 
Del won his first trial on 08/09/2017. The GRC All Aged trial.
Del went in to achieve a 2nd at an All Aged AV trial the following season, also a COM in an All Aged Trial.
Del is a valid member of our picking up team of four or five dogs, remaining calm, but hunting hard when needed.

   Astraglen Vardy of Wedgnock (Connor)

Connor is a lovely looking dog, very friendly and highly intelligent. Bred by Nigel Carville in Ireland, in my opinion he has one of the best working pedigrees I've ever seen! He is very closely related to Ash (FTCh Astraglen Hail) and I hope will follow in his footsteps! He has been learning the ropes in his first season on game and has proved to be a superb game finder, very fast with a huge amount of drive (as can be expected from his breeding!). I have high hopes for his future in Field Trials!

Born 27/5/16, Hips 3/5, Elbows 0, Eyes Clear, PRA, CNM, SD2 clear.

Progesterone Testing


We recommend that bitches are progesterone tested prior to mating, and this is particularly important for maiden bitches.

In our experience bitches can ovulate anytime from Day 9 to Day 28, and therefore the traditional method of mating on Day 12 and 14 can easily go wrong.


This is why there is an average success rate of 70% with natural matings, as opposed to over 90% when progesterone tested by a reputable laboratory. 

Bitches are often nervous and stressed when being brought for a mating (particularly maidens), and react defensively and refuse to stand. Without progesterone testing it is impossible to establish whether the bitch is behaving like this because she isn't ready, or just because she is nervous, in which case it is obviously worth persevering!


Some of the many benefits of numerical progesterone testing are as follows:

  • Over 90% success rate (as opposed to 70% for untested bitches)

  • Less stress for the bitch - re likely to stand and get a 'natural mating'

  • Higher litter size

  • Saving in time and fuel costs with wasted journeys when the bitch isn't ready

  • It is possible to just do one mating instead of the usual two, so just one journey

Each numerical progesterone test costs between £40-£50, which might sound expensive until one considers that just one extra puppy would cover the cost of six tests!

The first test would typically be done on Day Nine. This can be very helpful if you aren't sure if you accurately identified Day One!

There are several types of progesterone test available;

  • The swab test that looks at the cells from a smear test

  • Pre-Mate tests (a colour swatch) offered by most vets

  • Numerical testing in a laboratory

The problem with the first two tests is that unless they are carried out by someone who is very experienced, then they can be very misleading and a complete waste of money and time.

We recommend the following laboratories: 

  • Idexx  01937 544000

  • Canine Pregnancy Scanning 07990 547480

  • Fit and Fertile 01772 690014

There are many other reputable laboratories offering numerical progesterone testing but we have no experience of them.

The results of numerical progesterone tests are given in two different scales; nmol/L and ng/ml.


The conversion of nmol/l to ng/ml is approximately 3.18, so ovulation is at 5 ng/ml and breeding recommended at 11 - 19 ng/ml

Below is a table detailing nmol/l results.  

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