I also breed Kennel Club resigned Working Labradors but this website focusses on my ‘doodles’. My Labrador website is currently being updated and when it’s up and running again, I will post the direct link.
My kennel name ‘Glendream’ has been registered with the UK Kennel Club since I was 16 and I have owned dogs as long as I can remember.
Originally from East Lothian, I now live in Fife, near Cupar, overlooking the Firth of Tay. I live in a Farm Cottage, in a beautiful rural location, surrounded by fields and woodland, which are ideal for exercising the dogs. In addition to breeding my dogs, I work from home, which means I’m always around to look after the dogs and any litters we have.
I have always had dogs and grew up with lots of breeds around me. My grandmother had Cairns and Labs and my aunt bred and worked Border Collies on her farm where I spent a lot of time as a child. From a young age, I was also involved in training my aunt’s sheep dogs and I have always been interested in the breeding side of things.
I have been involved with a variety of breeds over the years and as a teenager, after becoming quite heavily involved with my aunts sheep dogs, I started to breed my own Border Collies, which I showed with some success and also dabbled at working them on sheep. For a short time, I also owned, bred and showed Parson Russell Terriers and was very fortune to make up three UK champions. I haven’t bred Collies or Parsons for a number of years now and due to the success of my hybrid breeding programme decided to concentrate on my Cockapoos.
As I now specialise in breeding F1 ‘Poos’, the core of my own dogs are Kennel Club Registered Working Cocker Spaniels, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Springer Spaniels and of course my Poodle stud dogs. I believe the F1(first generation cross Poodle x Spaniel) to be the most consistent combination, bringing to the forefront the best of both parents breeds. Unable to resist the Cockapoo charm, I have two of my own, which are my house pets. In addition to my Spaniels and Poodles, I own and very occasionally breed Working Type Labradors. I also own two German Shepherds, my guard dogs.
I hold a current breeders licence and I have been a licensed breeder for more than 10 years. All of my dogs are Kennel Club Registered and Health Tested. I am also recommended by vets the length and breadth of the country. Unlike some other breeders, my standards are extremely high and I like to be as transparent as possible about what I do here.
I was first introduced to Cockapoos in 2005 when friends of mine, whose son has a dog hair allergy, asked for my assistance in their search to identify a non-shedding puppy. After going down the usual route of Kennel Club Registered Poodles, Bichon Frise, etc., I stumbled across the Cockapoo. And so the quest began…
We went to view a couple of litters and whilst the puppies were all adorable (which puppy isn’t!), they really did not fit with my ideal of a traditional Cockapoo, in fact, they were very different to the endearing little dogs I’d seen in pictures on the internet. After much deliberation, I decided to ‘breed my own’ and so mated my pet Cocker Spaniel bitch to a Miniature Poodle- this was the start of my Cockapoo breeding programme and we had six in our very first litter; my friend had one, we kept one, and the others were in extremely high demand.
Although my first litter was intended to be a ‘one off’ the popularity of my puppies went from strength to strength, so much so that I decided to retire from breeding my Collies and Terriers in order to devote my time and resources into establishing my Cockapoo breeding programme. To the best of my knowledge, I was the first breeder of Cockapoos in Scotland.
Due to the success of my Cockapoos and coupled with the fact that I have had Cavaliers around in my family since I was a young child, it was only a natural progression that I should venture into trying a Cavalier and Poodle hybrid. The results were remarkable and I have found this to be a very successful combination which has grown greatly in popularity since the arrival of my first ever litter. Cavapoos are adorable and bring to the forefront the fantastic temperament of the Cavalier, but without the breed associated health problems.
My Sproodles are something of a newer venture and I am looking forward to the future with this particular hybrid.
I have been very fortunate to find the most wonderful homes for my puppies over the years and most now go via recommendation and referral, which is just fantastic. I also have some of my dogs in celebrity and royal homes, I’m not going to name drop, but it is a great privilege as a breeder to know that my dogs are very much appreciated for their quality and wonderful temperaments.
I am responsible for the puppies that I breed and, whenever necessary, will take them back, at any stage of their life. I am always available on the telephone or by email to offer advice and answer any questions. All of my breeding stock have undergone the full relevant health tests before being bred from and I only ever breed from dogs with satisfactory results.
I place great emphasis on early socialisation and spend hours socialising and interacting with our puppies. Before leaving us, our puppies are fully wormed, vaccinated up to date and treated with Stronghold (covers fleas, ear mites and various worms). These procedures ensure that every Glendream puppy has the best possible start in life.
I am always happy to chat about my dogs and welcome any enquiries via email. You can also follow me on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/glendream/