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Cocker Spaniels

English Springer Spaniels

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Puppies Past & Present

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Behaviour & Training




Welcome to our website .... 


At Verstone Gundogs, we are well established Kennel Club Assured Breeders of both

English Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels

our aim is always for steadiness and reliability



We have moved on a little since this photo, but here are Four Generations, L to R: Gt Grandparent; Cowernecourt Berberis at Verstone (Lace), 

Grandparent; Verstone Enchanted Beth (Beth); Parent Verstone Magickal Rite (Keira): Bronwen Dreams at Verstone (Seren) - we are currently breeding the sixth generation.



Our Aim ....


..... is simply to train most dog breeds and their owners for the task in hand ....



We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare.
And in return, dogs give us their all. It's the best deal man has ever made.
- M. Acklam



Personal Profile


Derek Summers started professional training of dogs over 20yrs ago and has been breeding English Springer Spaniels since 1990 and Cocker Spaniels since 2007. Has studied basic Canine Psychology and over the years, substantial work has been undertaken involving problematic dogs with various rescue kennels and private owners.


The 'specialist area' of this work has become not only canine obedience but also dealing with and retraining canine aggression. It is a strong belief that, in the main, "aggressive dogs" are made rather than born - especially in breeds such as Spaniels. During this time with dogs he operated a successful Boarding & Training Kennels for 12yrs. Selling the kennels in 2003 and commencing full-time dog training and breeding Spaniels, Derek Summers is a Member of The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers, and a Member of The Kennel Club Assured Breeders Scheme plus holds a local authority (SLDC) Breeders Licence.



Verstone Profile


Currently trading under the company name Verstone Gundogs Ltd, Verstone Gundogs has been established to not only train all breeds of dogs, but to breed and train Spaniels with a steadiness and reliability of temperament. Puppies are bred with the purpose of being strong powerful motivated working dogs or that 'special' pet & constant companion by the fireside


Cocker Spaniel: Verstone Gwanwyn Jess born 2009




Derek Summers:

Kennel Club Assured Breeder of: 

English Springer Spaniels &  Cocker Spaniels


 VERSTONE: Our KC Kennel Name / Affix


Derek Summers has been both working & breeding English Springer Spaniels since 1990 and Cocker Spaniels since 2007 under the Kennel Club Affix VERSTONE  

All our dogs and bitches are chosen and raised for their temperament, intelligence and pliability - the use of gentle, modern motivational methods based on guidance & psychology - when combined both are a very successful and also an agreeable formula to use.


Verstone bred Spaniels are now well established in several countries worldwide, they are known for their intelligence, speed and above all - their superb temperament, which enables them to be both excellent working dogs and pets in the home. All ESS & Cocker pups are homed from the minimum age of eight weeks and are Kennel Club Registered, Veterinary docked and dew-clawed as per The Docking of Working Dogs Tails Act 2007.


EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - please note, when providing a Puppy or Dog we may need to share limited customer information with: KC Agria Insurance, Purina ProPlan Puppy, Identibase Microchipping. We do not share information with any other organisation.


Puppy 'List'

There is generally a short waiting list for pups in place and if potential purchasers would like to view either the 'facilities' or our Spaniels living here, please contact us and we will be happy to show you around.


Trained or Part-trained Dogs for Sale

Only very occasionally do we have trained or part-trained dogs & bitches for sale


Stud services for both English Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels are available and we will be happy to discuss availability - details are listed on this website.


Local Authority Breeders Licence issued and regulated by South Lakeland District Council, Ref: DBR0002, for the breeding of dogs.


The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme: Verstone Gundogs are members of The UCAS accredited Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme our Breeding Spaniels are health tested as required by The Kennel Club:



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

GPRA Unaffected/Clear

CPRA: Unaffected/Clear

MRD Unaffected/Clear

Goniodysgenesis: Unaffected/Clear


DNA Tested or Hereditary Clear:

Fucosidosis: DNA Tested Clear (Non-Carrier)

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

Familial Nephropathy Tested Clear:

prcd-PRA Tested Normal/Clear

PFK Tested Clear


All our breeding dogs are:

Kennel Club Registered, 

Micro-chipped and/or DNA Profiled under the Kennel Club Identification Scheme

* For details of Health Testing undertaken - and what it means, please click here




Contact Information



015395 52339

Mobile: 07775691380



General Information email: enquiries@verstone-gundogs.co.uk Webmaster: bramble243@msn.com 

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