My name is Tonya Higdon. I currently reside in Kentucky with my husband, son, and daughter. When I started showing American Cocker Spaniels in 1996, I didn't know how impactful it would be to raise and show my own dogs. I am beyond passionate about this breed.
Through my involvement in the Cocker Spaniel Club of Kentucky as the Secretary and Treasurer, I continue to work for the betterment of the breed. My family is also helpful and an important part of allowing me to continue to preserve and improve the breed. These are not just dogs but valuable members of our family. If you have ever had the pleasure of adding an American Cocker Spaniel to your family, you understand. If you are looking for an addition to your family, you have found the right place.
I have enjoyed having multiple champions and grand-champions over the years as well as occasionally raising litters of puppies to continue pursuing my goals for the breed. Through my membership in the American Spaniel Club (Cocker Spaniel Breed Parent Club), I continue to health test each of my dogs and follow their code of ethics to ensure that I am promoting the breed in a positive way. I usually welp on average one litter a year to continue my program. American Cocker Spaniels are fun-loving, sweet, and wonderful companions. With an American Cocker Spaniel, you will have a forever friend and loyal member of your family.
Not all dogs should be breed. I only breed AKC Champion dogs that have been health tested prior to breeding in accordance with the AKC Parent Breed Club code of ethics. For a dog to obtain a AKC conformation championship, they must at least be selected by three separate AKC approved or provisional judges based on their merits of body structure, movement, and temperament. These are important traits for potential parents to possess and pass to their offspring for offspring soundness in mind and body regardless of pet or show quality.
Growing up on a farm, I was exposed to various working and sporting breeds of dog. While each has their own unique personalities and breed specific traits, I found that the Cocker Spaniel was more adaptable to various home settings. They also possess more human-like characteristics with very merry temperaments that fit well into a family setting.
Due to my love for this breed, the goal of my breeding program is to preserve and improve upon the overall health, temperament, and body structure of the American Cocker Spaniel.
The longevity of a Cocker Spaniel varies based on genetics, environmental conditions, and access to healthcare with regular maintenance. In a normal home environment, where a Cocker Spaniel is a valued member of the family, they typically live between twelve to fourteen years of age. I have had some live to be seventeen years old, but this is not the norm.