Nohea is a small kennel specializing in versatile English Cocker Spaniels who are healthy, great family pets, and enthusiastic partners in a range of dog activities including obedience, tracking, agility, and hunting. I have both show-bred and field-bred dogs.
I bought my first English Cocker Spaniel in the late 1980's, and have been breeding and competing with ECs since the early 1990's. I started out with show-bred ECs, and competed with them in conformation, obedience, tracking, agility and hunt tests. I've bred many show champions, as well as many ECs with titles in all these areas of competition. Over the past few years, I have become enamoured of the field-bred ECs because of their intelligence, enthusiasm, athleticism, and wholehearted desire to work with their handlers. And I've started competing in field trials as well. I only have 2 ECs who live with me, but own or co-own several others who live with other people.
I'm fairly compulsive about health testing my dogs that are bred. Dogs must have had OFA hip clearances and genetic tests for PRCD (progressive rod cone disease, or progressive retinal atrophy), and FN (familial nephropathy) before they are bred, and have no serious health problems. I breed one or two litters a year. You can find out more about planned or current litters on this web site.
I judge Tracking and Hunt Tests for the AKC, and love having the opportunity to watch other dogs work, as well as to give back to the sports that I enjoy so much.