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Let me tell you about myself.
Our Cockers are family raised American Cocker Spaniels who are either Champions or have Champion Pedigrees!
I have been around Cockers since I was a kid, my parents raised them and owned Champions!
A Cocker Spaniel was all I ever knew as being a family dog.
I have been around animals my whole life, from owning race horses as a kid, working on a dairy farm, owning
my own farm. I worked as a groomer and still do side jobs and vet tech.
I have been breeding Cocker Spaniels for 20+ years.
We have produced Am. Cocker Spaniels with many titles.
Int. Ch., Can Ch., Am. Ch, Agility, Field Activities, Rally, Delta Society, CGC, Star Puppy, Trick Dog Title, best title yet “LOYAL COMPANION”.
I have finished 21 Champions, dogs that I bought and my own bred by’s. I have a “NEVER give up attitude” as when others told me to give up on a 5 year old, I still finished her as it was about principle. I have had my dogs in a number of magazine’s, invited to the Eukanuba Nationals multiple times, one away from Westminster and even in a Cocker book!
Was one of the Top Breeders in 2008 and had CVJ’s Sassafras who was a Top Producing Bitch for me in 2008.
Produced the 1st & 2nd Cocker Spaniel Trick Dog in the WORLD.
Still today many breeders have my dogs behind them and their off spring are producing Champions.
One tri color male even has ranked #6 All Breed and #6 Breed as well as Award of Merit as ASC.
Besides just Cockers-
I’ve spent countless hours volunteering at the local Humane Society and my local kennel club.
I rescued dogs other than Cockers from time to time such as Great Danes.
Some of my cocker moms have been surrogate mothers. My cockers also have donate blood for other dogs in need.
I have donated many Cocker puppies to charities and some families in general.
I have given discounts to those who served our country as our family is a military family as my brothers have all been in the military
and two of my kids are currently in the Army.
Our Cockers in other countries-
I have dogs in other countries such as Canada & France, some of the best Blue Roans and Red Roans in France have came from me.
Estelle S. in France has taken two roan pups that she got from me and has excelled with showing/finished them in her country as well as producing exquisite roans that other breeders have not just in her country but in other countries as well.
I have helped others by educating other breeders about coat types such as Merle, Roan and Sable.
All of our Cockers being used for breeding have been tested for Patella’s.
Others breeders push upon other breeders to get OFA’s such as hips/elbows yet don’t test for Patella’s.
It’s a society thing to ask, “did you did OFA’s” and when you say, “No” that is the end of the conversation.
Cockers rank #5 for Patellas, #134 for Hips OFA, #103 for Elbows
It is a society thing to push OFA’s hips/elbows and not Patella’s.
Here is what else you don’t know, many vets put the dog under to get OFA’s.
Can you imagine putting your dog to sleep that has a chance not to come out of it just for a test that could of been prevented
because in reality we don’t rank that high in the stats for that testing.
Cost for Patella’s is about $100 and does not have any health risk on the dog where
OFA’s is about $300-$500 and risks the health of the dog by being put under.
As of Dec 2009 11,888 ACS have been tested for Hip Dysplasia and only 6% were affected and only 5% of those were evaluated for Patellas. Of those, almost 20% were affected. How sad.
To see rankings Patella’s OFA Elbow
All of boys have been DNA’d, Micro Chipped, CERF’d, and Patella’s on all breeding Cockers and OFA’s on some.
Producing exquisite Cocker Spaniels in a total package
health, temperament, confirmation, brains and in all coat types.
I have no reason to hide the fact that in the past I went by Aj Kennels that is why you see Aj’s in front of the registered name or in pedigree’s which I still continue to do. I was with my ex husband for 17 years and when I went through my divorce I placed most of my Cockers and moved off of my acreage and moved in town. In 2012 I chose to stop breeding and closed Aj Kennels. I took a huge step back in breeding but it was for the better as I got to concentrate on my children in their teen years and my health.
Since 2012 my health has been deteriorating. I found that I have Cancer which I battled, it lead me to have a hysterectomy as my female parts became cancerous, my gallbladder and appendix had to be removed, been fighting debilitating diverticulitis which lead to a colon resection. I started having heart issues and I found out in May 2017 that I have mitral valve disease. Which I will need an operation to fix.
In 2017 I ended up having multiple surgeries one right after another to fix a lot of internal issues
such as cancer in the esophagus, another stomach surgery and hiatal hernia repair.
During these operations they also found a large mass on my colon which they ended up having to remove.
I ended up staying many weeks in the hospital.
In 2018 the 2nd day into the New Year I rushed myself to the ER as I was having severe stomach pain and immediately was in surgery where I had a small bowl resection which I ended up being cut up from top to bottom of my stomach with hundreds of staples.
I really should not be here right now as before surgery I was a DNR and I changed it as I had a one on one with the Dr and I am glad I did because he had to use the defibrillator on me twice. This surgery has made me take a step back for a bit to mend and I am so thankful for my support system at home to help me get through this.
Kenny gave me his last name therefore the name of Cakebread Cockers!
Yes, for real our last name is Cakebread
We call Phoenix and Iowa/Nebraska area both home.
We have family in Arizona such as both Kenny and I’s Mom’s live there.
Kenny’s sister her husband and kids.
I have many Aunts,Uncles and Cousins.
My oldest son also lives in Phoenix.
We also were born and raised in the Midwest so we have have tons of family there.
Kenny’s sisters and my brother live there.
5 of our kids live here too.
Aunts,Uncles, Cousins, Friends and Classmates
Because of this extended family we do a lot of traveling between the two places.
We have a home in both places, we are true snow birds most years.
In 2018 we stayed back to have a white Christmas and had 14 inches of snow fall
what a joy it was to see snow and make a snowman with the kids and grand kids.
In March 2018 I plan on being back down to Phoenix.
I am so excited to see my family who I so miss.
During my stay I plan on doing a Puppy Potluck which I will invite past puppy owners
to meet up for a potluck, take some photos, give hair cuts and mingle.
Sounds like a great day and a blast as I met so many amazing puppy buyers from Arizona!
We enjoy traveling and going on adventures with our family and dogs since you never know
when it may be your last so we try to make as many memories as we can.
Especially with all my medical issues the memories will last a life time.
Couple of our kids have left the nest and the other are one foot out the door.
Nathan pictured above is an example as he turns 18 in April and has joined the Army
and plans to head off to boot camp in May 2018.
Our dogs are our family and we are very committed to raising them.
Here you can see we take our dogs everywhere!
We strive to raise the best quality Cocker Spaniel.
You will fall in love with this merry cocker, whether you are looking for a
show prospect, breeding prospect or just a family dog.
If you are interested in a new puppy, or just here to learn about the breed, see amazing
cocker photos feel free to look around but be prepared to sit for a while
as there is plenty of good information here!
Our Cockers are our babies and such blessings they are they just happen to have amazing pedigree’s.
They do not live in a kennel and are our family first!
We can finally concentrate on quality and not quantity.
We usually have only 1 -2 litters per year some times more sometimes none at all.
Please go to Gallery page click on Past dogs to see some of our past cockers.
Enjoy some Cocker videos on the Video’s page.
If you are interested in one of the puppies please go to Policies- It has a drop down box and read Deposits, Shipping, Puppy Contract and all other contents on the website before sending a deposit. Please carefully read all information about our puppies as we want you to understand all information about purchasing a puppy and all information about the puppies here at our home.
Email: Cakebreadcockers@gmail.com for any questions or available puppies