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Let me tell you about myself, my name is Aimee.
Our Cockers are family raised American Cocker Spaniels who are either Champions or have Champion Pedigrees!
Our dogs are strictly AKC registered.
We were inspected on 10/2/2018 and found in full AKC compliance!!
I am an AKC Breeder of Merit.
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.
Here I am with a Cocker Spaniel puppy as a young child.
I have been around animals my whole life, from owning racehorses as a kid, working on a dairy farm and owning my own farm.
I have worked as a vet tech and groomer, plus still do side jobs grooming for free for seniors as they can’t always afford a lot.
We have produced Am. Cocker Spaniels with many titles.
Int. Ch., Can Ch., Am. Ch, Agility, Field Activities, Junior Hunt, 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.
In 2019 we are going to start back on the show circuit again, this time with a buff girl named Pie.
I have a “NEVER give up attitude” as when others told me to give up on a 5-year-old cocker female from being a Champion, I still finished her as it was about principle.
I have had my dogs in a number of magazines and even in a Cocker book!
(A Beginner’s Guide to The Color Sable in American Cockers and other breeds) you can buy it on Amazon.
We have been invited to the Eukanuba Nationals multiple times and one away from Westminster!
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 is producing Champions.
One tri-color male even ranked #6 All Breed and #6 Breed as well as Award of Merit as ASC in 2017.
Dragon also finished #9 Breeding Standing for Cocker Spaniel Parti colors in 2018.
His name is GCHB Julre’s Dragon Blend (Not Owned by me) – Sire A.J.’s One To Take it All who I produced!
He was at the Westminster in 2019.
Besides just Cockers-
I’ve spent countless hours volunteering at the local Humane Society and my local kennel club.
I have rescued dogs other than Cockers.
Our family has done 2k walks/5k runs for dogs in the Humane Society.
We have donated countless amounts of dog food for dogs in the Humane Society as well as people in need.
I have mentored countless breeders over the years.
Some of my cocker moms have been surrogate mothers.
My cockers also have donated 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.
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 come 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.
I have attended countless Educational Seminars through Royal Cainn and AKC as well as Breeder seminars.
All of our Cockers being used for breeding have been tested for Patella’s, CERF’s and PRA-PRCD, Males DNA’d.
I have also done some color genetic testing on most of my cockers.
They are micro chipped and OFA’s on most.
Other 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 #7 for Patellas, #140 for Hips OFA, #117 for Elbows
Since I last posted them since the stats in 09 we have dropped farther down for both Hips and Elbows and
even farther down for patellas.
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 have been prevented because, in reality, we don’t rank that high in the stats for that testing.
Click here to see the stats for yourself – STATS
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.
What is even crazier if you look at the stats it says that we rank #22 for Thyroid yet many breeders don’t push that.
Producing exquisite Cocker Spaniels in a total package
health, temperament, confirmation, brains and in all coat types.
The past is in the past!
I have no reason to hide the fact for 17 years I went by Aj Kennels, that is why I still use the prefix Aj’s in front of the
registered name or in the pedigree’s which I still continue to do for pedigree purposes only.
Aj’s is actually stood for Aimee and my middle name starts with J and one of my nick names is Aj.
In 2012 after being with my ex-husband for 17 years I went through a divorce, placed most of my Cockers.
I moved off of my acreage and moved right in the middle of town which was a huge change for anyone use to living in the country.
At that time I stopped breeding and closed Aj Kennels due to my own choice.
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.
Starting in 2012 and still continuing to this day I have gone through the ringer of health issues one right after another.
From Cancer, Colon resections, Bypass, Appendix removal, Gall bladder removal, Hysterectomy x2, Esophagus cancer, Hiatal hernia repair, continuing stomach issues for life, cancer removal surgery in 2018 and currently battling with Auto-Immune issues.
I have under went 25 + surgeries in the last couple of years.
I was talked out of being a DNR right before surgery and luckily because I died twice on the table in 2018.
Although I am a fighter because I have to be as I have kids. In 2019 I am still battling cancer.
I am very weak physically, I over do things and I push my body farther than most ever think of doing.
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.
Kenny and I have been born and raised in Iowa/Nebraska
Where we call home, they call it a tri-state area.
It is where Iowa/Nebraska and South Dakota meet, meaning we can be in anyone of those states within 5 minutes.
We have tons of family in the Midwest.
Kenny has many sisters and I have my brother that lives here.
6 of our kids’ ages 11 – 25 live here too.
One son lives 5 minutes, Daughter lives 9 minutes and the other son lives 25 minutes away.
Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends and Classmates.
I personally came from a HUGE family!
We also call Arizona home too.
Kenny’s Mom and my Mom both live there.
Kenny has his sister and her family are there.
Many of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and friends are there.
All of my childhood life I recall going to spend winters in Scottsdale, Arizona as dad
owned his own Construction crew and in the winter months in the Midwest was too cold to pave concrete
so we got to enjoy the fall through spring months in Arizona
In 2015 we originally went down to Arizona for a visit Kenny’s mom and ended up staying 2 1/2 years!!
We visit as often as we can and even stay the winter months when allowed, true snow birds!
Because of this extended family, we do a lot of traveling between the two places.
In 2017 we came 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.
It is great to be back in the Midwest as our dogs love to run on the 7 acres we have here.
Here you can see two of our kids.
Nathan on the left who is my youngest and Casey on the right who is Kenny’s son.
Because we are a military family we do discounts to those that can prove they serve or have served.
We are Army strong!
March 25th, 2018
Almost a year ago I had a litter of puppies in which two puppies were born.
Mike and Jan got one and JoDee and Todd got the other one.
I invited both of them to our home in March to meet each other,
allowing the siblings to see each other again and allowing me to see how they have
grown in person as I have watched them grow up in photos.
I have a bond with both of the owners both now considered past puppy buyers.
JoDee fell in love with me as a breeder and that day she took home two brothers.
Above is a photo of some of use just sitting around with the Cockers.
The brothers meeting again for the 1st time since they were babies!!
I think it is very special for them to get see their siblings and whenever possible I try to make this happen.
We have a current litter in 2019 were three of the five puppies all went to Arizona and I have exchanged
information so if they choose they all can meet up with each other may it be a week or a year down the road.
Can you imagine seeing your brother or sister again?
I think it is a beautiful thing.
At the end of March 2018 I made the trip back to Phoenix.
I had to cut my trip short due to my health issues but all in all it was a great time while I was there.
Here you can see we take our dogs everywhere!
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.
A couple of our kids have left the nest and the others are one foot out the door.
Nathan pictured above is an example as he turned 19 in April and has joined the Army.
Nathan headed off to boot camp in May 2018 and was stationed in Georgia.
The motto here…..
“It’s All About The Dogs”
What you don’t see is that I am many Cocker lists, I actually am an owner of a FB group for Cockers,
I am always trying to stay up to date on new products, what other breeders are doing,
what works and what does not work.
As well as any recalls on toys, cages, and food.
Our everyday lives are surrounded by the love and care of each one of our dogs and puppies.
Our mornings start early and our days end very late.
We are constantly cleaning, feeding, washing, drying, grooming, teaching potty training skills, and playing with everyone.
If that is not enough you see me constantly taking photos and videos of puppies and sharing them
on my website and my FB page.
Reformatting photos, cropping them, up dating my Cakebread Cockers FB page, up dating my website.
Emailing, messaging, calling potential Cakebread Cocker owners as well as talking to other breeders and
answering their questions.
Then there are vet visits including Health Certificates, driving to get dog food, crates, and shipping.
I am constantly asked all kinds of questions from other breeders, looking at pedigrees and educating others.
This cycle is endless.
It truly is dedication, there are days that I do feel why do I do all this.
We will be in the middle of a meal and I stop to answer someone’s question or FB message.
If we are shopping I am walking around with my phone attached to my face because I am responding to an email.
People don’t get that we too have lives and want that immediate attention.
Even our holidays don’t get to be about family but holidays are spent with the Vet (2018) to have a Csection.
Why do I continue to do it, simple I love Cockers and it is a joy to share them and bring joy to others!
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.
To see fantastic 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 pedigrees.
They are our family first!
We can finally concentrate on quality and not quantity.
We usually have only 3-4 litters per year but some times 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 the information about our puppies as we want you to understand all information
about purchasing a puppy and all the information about the puppies here at our home.
Email: Cakebreadcockers@gmail.com for any questions or available puppies
We are proud to announce we met all requirement to be a Breeder of Merit in 2018
which is not an easy achievement and not all breeders ever get to this level in breeding.