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 .. Please see details below



Verstone Gundogs are Members of and supporters of

The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme


We are now adding names to our 'Puppy Waiting List' (see below for details)  

... please note that all potential homes and/or owners will be vetted.







All our pups are whelped in our home so both mother & pups receive constant attention and care throughout the birth and the subsequent important early days. Puppies are handled from birth and everyday thereafter … well-socialised, happy, bold and confident pups are the result of the time and effort given to them during their early weeks.


At around three days old puppies are checked over by our Vet to ensure they are healthy, and in accordance with the regulations connected to the Animal Welfare Act 2007, they are also docked & DC at this time.









As Members of The Kennel Club Accredited Breeders Scheme the minimum age that our pups will leave here is 8 weeks old, and they will leave here with the following:

Kennel Club Registration Documentation.

Contract of Sale

Five weeks Puppy Insurance via The Kennel Club Healthcare Plan

A copy of the litter Pedigree

Access to our on-line Advice and Guidance notes on:


Future Training (inc House Training),



Their worming programme to date; (all are wormed with Panacur or Drontal at 2, 5 & 8 weeks of age)

All pups are Front-lined prior to leaving.

Pups will also leave us with full Puppy Food packs and future feeding guidance  

We also provide a full "after-sales back up service" should you need our advice or help at any time

They will not have had their first injections, but under the new regulations from 6th April 2016 they will be micro-chipped when they leave at 8 weeks old. Please click here for further info regarding Microchipping






We tend to plan litters of puppies well ahead and sometimes we have interest in a future litter from a specific bitch which will prompt us to ‘open a Puppy List’.


When we open a Puppy List for a specific bitch, it is usually after she has come into season, but could be before and then the estimated time of mating/birth is based on that bitches’ previous pattern of seasons – sometimes a bitch can be early or late, even ‘skip’ a season. Future owners need to be aware that while we make our best endeavours, this is not an exact science - although, if they place a deposit on a future litter from a bitch and she is ‘late’ then, if we have another bitch come in season & mated, they will be offered the opportunity of ‘swopping’ to this litter but their place on that ‘new’ list will be subsequent to anyone already on there.


You can Register an Interest in a puppy from a specific litter without a deposit and you will be advised by email of any developments. Please note that this does not mean that you have entered into any agreement and that you have not been given preference for any puppy.


Alternatively, you can place a deposit to reserve a puppy from a particular litter i.e. to be added to our Reserved Puppy List .. this means that, should he or she be available, the puppy of your preferred gender and/or colour will be *reserved for you - for this we will require a small non-refundable deposit of £100.00 to be deducted from the final puppy purchase fee.



This deposit will be refunded by us should we be unable to provide you with a puppy of your (previously agreed) preferred gender and/or colour when the chosen bitch whelps. If for any reason you are unable to complete your purchase of that puppy offered, then the deposit is non-refundable - please be aware that you are reserving a puppy from a particular bitch and, for various reasons, sometimes the Stud may vary from that initially advertised.


* Please note: At Verstone Gundogs we always reserve the right to refuse to home or supply a puppy to what we may consider, at any time, to be an 'unsuitable home or unsuitable owner' for what ever reasons. We always put the welfare of our puppies first.



Please contact us with questions or to discuss your requirements; email: enquiries@verstone-gundogs.co.uk 






As a member of The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme all our breeding Spaniels are tested CLEAR as required for the Breed by the KCAB Scheme


.... including the following tests:


Eye Tested under the KC/BVA/ISDS Eye Examination Scheme for inherited eye diseases:

GPRA CPRA: Unaffected/Clear

Goniodysgenesis: Unaffected/Clear

Fucosidosis: DNA Tested Clear (Non-Carrier) The dog is CLEAR of  Fucosidosis.

The dog has 2 copies of the normal gene and will neither develop fucosidosis, nor pass a fucosidosis gene to its offspring

PRA (Cord 1) DNA Tested Clear (Non-Carrier)

The dog has 2 copies of the normal gene and will neither develop the form of PRA caused by the cord1 mutation, nor pass this mutation to its offspring

Familial Nephropathy Tested Clear

Interpretation : The animal has 2 normal copies of FN gene in the English Cocker Spaniel. The animal will not develop the familial nephropathy and will not transmit the genetic anomaly to its progeny.

prcd-PRA Tested Normal/Clear

This dog will never develop the prcd form of PRA (progressive rod-cone degeneration form of Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and will not produce any pups affected with the this form of PRA


All our dogs are also ...


Kennel Club Registered 


DNA Profiled (under the Kennel Club Identification Scheme)


Please Note: Although we have our own fully health tested CLEAR stud dogs, on occasions it is necessary for us to use outside stud dogs that may not have been fully tested as per the AB Scheme but we always endeavour to find qualified, successful studs with a history of healthy breeding.



The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme







The aim of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is to provide a framework to encourage the breeding of healthy, well-adjusted puppies. It lays down a series of requirements that breeders must follow in order to participate in the scheme.


ABS Breeders agree to:


1. Ensure that all breeding stock is Kennel Club registered.

2. Hand over the dog's registration certificate at time of sale if available, or forward it to the new owner as soon as possible. Explain any endorsements that might pertain and obtain written and signed confirmation from the new owner, at or before the date on which the dog is physically transferred, that the new owner is aware of the endorsement(s), regardless of whether or not the endorsed registration certificate is available.

3. Follow Kennel Club policy regarding maximum age and number/frequency of litters.

4. Permanently identify breeding stock by DNA profile, microchip, or tattoo. (N.B. After the first year of the Scheme’s operation, all breeding stock will be required to be DNA profiled.)

5. Make use of health screening schemes, relevant to their breed, on all breeding stock. These schemes include DNA testing and inherited eye conditions.

6. Socialise the puppies and provide written advice, in the Puppy Sales Wallet, on continuation of socialisation, exercise and future training.

7. Provide written advice, on feeding and worming programmes.

8. Provide a written record, in the Puppy Sales Wallet, on the immunisation measures taken.

9. Provide reasonable post-sales telephone advice.

10. Inform buyers of the requirements and the recommendations that apply to Kennel Club Accredited Breeders as well as the existence of the complaints procedure.

11. Draw up a
contract of sale for each puppy and provide a copy in the Puppy Sales Wallet.


In addition to the above requirements, it is recommended that Accredited Breeders should:


1. Make sure that whelping facilities accord with good practice.

2. The contract of sale should clearly lay out to the buyer the nature and details of any guarantee given (e.g. time limit) and/or any provisions for refund or return and replacement of puppy. If endorsements are being used the contract should also explain why these have been placed and under what circumstances they would be removed (if any). The contract should be signed and dated by both breeder and purchaser, showing that both have agreed to these terms.

3. Commit to help, if necessary, with the re-homing of a dog, for whatever reason, throughout the dog's lifetime.




























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