Breckmarsh Gundogs was founded by Lee Cooper in 2008. Along with his partner, Victoria, together they run their gundog training kennels which is based in rural Shropshire, just outside the market town of Ludlow.
Lee has been training and trialling working spaniels for over 18 years. His early experience began with training his own spaniels for rough shooting. Following the production of several high quality spaniels for the shooting field, Lee began to breed from his line of working cockers and springers. His passion for training spaniels, alongside a constant desire to be challenged, lead to an early involvement with training and competing trialling spaniels. Lee has made up six field trial champions during his trialling career. He also has numerous open stake and novice wins to his name.
Lee is now actively involved with both working and trialling spaniels and prides himself on producing a dual-purpose dog with the ability to successfully compete in trials but also work effectively in the shooting field. He is an A panel spaniel judge for the Kennel Club and regularly judges working tests and trials throughout the UK.
Breckmarsh Gundogs is ideally located within the rolling Shropshire countryside. On site facilities include a well stocked, three acre training pen and the surrounding countryside provides mixed terrain and cover allowing for the simulation of a variety of hunting conditions.
A lot of what we do at Breckmarsh Gundogs involves thinking ahead to next years prospects. Essentially, were looking for something with the largest heart and drive to work. They must display a willingness to please and show natural game finding ability. This combined with an intelligent sharpness, shape and style are qualities our stud dogs need to be consistently passing on to their offspring. All our stud dogs have strong working pedigrees and have been scrupulously chosen for their ability to complement or strengthen their progeny's line.
Our selection of bitches all have their own individual characteristics. The purpose of our bitches is to compete at the highest level possible at trials. Only once they have proven themselves and shown quality working attributes are they considered for breeding. We pair our bitches carefully with our own stud dogs as much as we can, but to avoid restricted breeding lines we also carefully select stud dogs based on what has caught our eye when out training or competing. The pedigrees and attributes of the bitch and dog are carefully considered to try to achieve traits from both that complement each other as much as possible.
A key to successful training is the ability to read your dog and have that all important timing to be able to act upon a situation before the moment passes you by. Until you are able to second guess what your dog is about to do and you understand the current capabilities of your dog, you're unable to make that split second decision about the direction the training should take. Lee has experience with the training of his dogs, not just during one stage of its development, but invests all his time to see the entire process through from pup to FTCH standard. Training offers insight into different approaches in order to get the best out of your dog. We don't use just one technique to get the best out of our dogs and so we don't believe in a one fits all approach during your dogs training with us. Instead, training is tailored specifically to your dog with focus not just on the specific task at hand, but also on how even the smallest of influences in your dogs daily set up can affect your success in getting to the level you'd like to be at.
Novice Field Trial Win - 14 Months
Field Trial Champion Status - 3 Years
DOM - 2015/16 Championships
2nd Place and Top Dog - 2016/17 Championships
BVA / Kennel Club Eye Scheme - Clear (inc. Gonioscopy)
Field Trial Debut - Open Stake, 2nd Place - 15 Months
Open Stake Winner - 2015
Field Trial Champion Status - 2017
DOM - 2017/18 Championships at Sandringham Estate
FN and AMS - Clear