Cockerpoo gundogs

With their ever-increasing popularity, cockerpoos have started to appear in the field – and they are here to stay. David Tomlinson explains why you should consider a cockerpoo gundoog, especially…

Golden retrievers

What are considered the first golden retriever pups were born 150 years ago, and enthusiasts marked the occassion with an anniversary trial. David Tomlinson joined the celebrations, while considering how…

Best spaniel breed

As a gundog writer, David Tomlinson knows more about our six spaniel breeds than most. So he is faced with a tricky decision in his search for a new puppy.…

Flatcoated retriever

Infamous as the Edwardian country gentleman’s companion, these days the flatcoated retriever is eclipsed by the upstart labrador. Its enthusiasts remain but the flatcoats tragic susceptibility to cancer must be…

Gundog breed standards

Gundog breed standards are supposedly the blueprint for the perfect pedigree animal, yet in reality the dogs they produce can be overweight and even disabled. David Tomlinson questions whether gundog…