The Canigou Cockers were founded by Tricia Bentley in 1968. The kennels are located in Shropshire, just to the east of the county town of Shrewsbury.
Canigou is a small kennel run by Tricia herself (with a little help from husband Steve) and specialising in Cocker Spaniels only. The aim has always been to produce healthy Cockers of the highest quality, capable in terms of health, type and temperament of competing with the best in the world.
Our record in the show ring speaks for itself. You can read more about our successes over the last 50 years on the ‘History’ page.
We are Kennel Club Assured Breeders, with the KC Accolade of Excellence.
The kennels are run as a hobby and consequently we have never kept many dogs; generally around half a dozen adults, together with young stock. Our five current dogs live in the house as pets, including retired show dogs, who have automatically come to live indoors after finishing their show careers. We have always bred puppies with the aim of producing top quality stock for the showring. You’ll find puppy photos on the ‘Home’, ‘Pets’ and ‘Recent Litters’ pages.
We are currently taking a break from breeding and showing and no litters are planned.
Tricia has shown regularly at championship shows in the UK and has judged at the highest level both in this country and overseas, including judging Cocker bitches at Crufts in 2002. The photo shows Tricia with Show Champion Canigou Rock Chick, Best in Show at the Cocker Spaniel Club of Great Britain Championship Show, 2009.The kennel has gained over 150 Kennel Club challenge certificates and of course produced Show Champion Canigou Cambrai, Supreme Champion at Crufts in 1996.
We attach great importance to the health of our dogs and all stock are tested for the main hereditary problems in the breed. The results are published and breeding programmes are dedicated to eliminating such problems from the line.
Show-quality Canigous are in demand all over the world and we have sent dogs to France, Belgium, Greece, Spain, Sweden, Holland, Germany, Finland and Denmark.