Read about gun dog training, exercise and healthcare advice from the leading writers in the gun dog world.

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Retrievers. Is it time to change your labrador?

Retrievers don’t have to be labradors. The flatcoat was the Downton Abbey gundog and Edwardian gentleman’s favourite retriever. Every 10 years for the past four decades a friend has bought…

21 best crossbreed dogs. Labradoodle.

21 best crossbreed dogs

21 best crossbreed dogs for working in the field and at home. Your taste may run to the Downton Abbey gundog, or a labrador when breeding or choosing a puppy.…

Working dog retrieve

Dog insurance

It pays to have dog insurance. Five years ago, on a bright spring morning, I met up with friends to walk our spaniels on Dunwich beach. My seven-year-old springer, Fleur,…

The Downton Abbey gundog: a flatcoat

The Downton Abbey gundog

The Downton Abbey gundog - What would Lord Grantham have used as a gundog? A flatcoat or a labrador?


Dog theft prevention

Labradors and cocker spaniels continue to be the two most popular breeds of dog in Britain – and where there is desirability, crime is never far behind. Growing concern over…

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GUNDOG CLASS: Retrieving

Even the crème de la crème of top professional retriever or spaniel trainers would agree that handling a gundog is not rocket science. For a start, much as we love them,…


Prepare your gundog for a scurry

Dogs are great levellers. Picture the scene: you have gone to the local country fair and paused to watch the gundog scurry. The standard isn’t high, so you decide to…

Roy Bebbington with his female goshawk

Glorious Goshawk

Dame Juliana Berners wrote, in the Boke of St Albans, of the allocation of species of hawk and falcon to their corresponding human ranks in mediaeval society: And yit ther…


Breeding or choosing a puppy

It’s a conversation anyone who has travelled in a gun bus will be familiar with. “That’s a nice-looking bitch you’ve got there. Are you planning to breed from her?” “Funny…