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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 Gundog 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 Gundog team for the Game Fair.
In 2021, Cluanie was selected again for the England Gundog team!
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
In 2021 season Otto won SWGRC One day Open and got another 4 awards in Open trials
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)
Clear eye certificate
GPRA 1 clear
GPRA 2 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!).
PRA, CNM, SD2 clear.
FTW Timothy Plum at Hartleyjean
Eyes clear 2020
Timmy is the son of our other Golden Retriever stud dog Del.
A big (33kg), strong and handsome dog with a big heart and lovely temperament. He has a biddable nature, so has been easy to train.
A strong hunting dog.
Sire FTW Gatekeeper Boycie Del Hartleyjean
Dam Delphi Icon
Grandparents Joyful Hugo of Philchris
K9 Data Pedigree https://www.k9data.com/pedigree.asp?ID=1112558
FTAW Jocksburn General Roy of Wedgnock
Ronnie is by Cluanie (FT Ch Birdsgreen Cluedo of Wedgnock).
He is a very athletic, fast and stylish dog, and a lovely friendly and honest character.
Ronnie has a superb pedigree, bred by Tom Forgie.
DNA tested clear EIC, SD2, CNM and PRA
Current clear eyes
Ronnie's Estimated Breeding Values for his hips and elbows show him as a strong improver of both.
Sadly Covid wrecked Ronnie's first trials season, but he did prove to be a valuable member of our picking up team, thoroughly enjoying eye-wiping the senior members of the team! He also proved to be an excellent, well-behaved peg dog.
Ronnie had two runs the 2021 trial season and finished second in the Eastern Counties Novice
We recommend that all bitches are progesterone tested prior to mating.
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 numerical blood test.
Bitches are often nervous when being brought for a mating (particularly maidens), and will frequently 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 because she is ready but frightened.
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 - more likely to stand and get a 'natural mating'
Very frightened bitches will often not get pregnant
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, so just one journey
Each numerical progesterone test costs £35-£50, which might sound expensive until one considers that just one extra puppy would cover the cost of 50 tests!
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)
A blood test with a numerical progesterone score. This is the only accurate method.
The first two tests can be very misleading and often a complete waste of time, money and highly stressful for a bitch that isn't actually ready.
We recommend Anne Morley for progesterone testing. Her website is www.matenow.co.uk or tel. 07990 547480.
Please contact Anne before your bitch comes into season, and ask her to send you a testing kit. This is free of charge (you only pay when you use it!)
The first test would typically be done on Day Nine.
You will either need to take your bitch to Anne for a test, or find a friendly vet nurse to take the blood, put it in the vial, and then you return the test by post to Anne. She will contact you the following day with the result.
Try to avoid paying your vet a full consultation fee to take the blood! Always ask for a vet nurse to do it, then the cost should be in the region of £15. If your vets refuse, ask another vet practice or find a friendly vet nurse!
There are other reputable laboratories offering numerical progesterone testing but we have no experience of them, and many close at the weekend.
The results of numerical progesterone tests are given in two different scales; nmol/L or 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.