How It All Began....
My love for English Springer Spaniels started from a childhood. The dream I had to train, show, and breed dogs when I was very young and involved with 4-H in the Dog Care and Training Project throughout my school years in the Athens, Georgia Area. I was fortunate to win National Honors in The Dog Care and Training Project for the U.S. and won a college scholorship to further my education about animals. It was during these years in School that I was introduced to an English Springer Spaniel show dog from the Salilyn Kennel. He was the most beautiful dog I had ever seen. From the day I first saw him.... I promised myself that one day I would own one that looked just like him. And through my college days, I did own two field springers that lived with me till they died of old age. After starting out on my own as a young adult, I was ready for a Springer that looked like the one I saw in Athens Georgia at our Dog Care and Training School in a seminar. I had never forgotten the beauty of that springer, and the sweetness in his eyes!! I was ready to find my own Springer and dream of raising puppies that would grow up beautiful and healthy, the year was 1975. I bought my first Springer.... and the rest is history!! Though at times I have only owned a single Springer, and at times I have owned as many as 12, through the years I have loved each and every one of them. Some became wonderful house dogs, and some became sucessful show dogs, but they were all precious to me.
I joined the Marines and spent 12+ years in service, thus I was not able to breed on a regular basis for those years. We did have 2 litters in those 12 years which made life a joy for me! After retiring from the Marines, I began to look for the "best" Springers I could find. Some were just what we were looking for in our breeding program... but others were found unworthy and were spayed or neutered and removed from the breeding program in our kennel. These are the decisions which are hard, but must be made when you are determined to breed to the best of your ability.
Today, we are striving to breed with "Temperament" characteristics foremost in our minds in our breeding program of the "total springer". However, equally important.... is health and soundness of the puppy/dog. We will not willingly or knowingly compromise any breeding for beauty.... if there is any question about temperament. That is how much importance we put on having our Springers become our pet 100% of the day, and a Show dog "part-time".
We live on 20 acres, fenced and cross fenced for our animals safety. Exercise is very important to having a healthy and happy Springer. If you are considering a Springer in your life, be sure you are committed to it's needs in regard to exercise.
Our goal is to raise a "few" good Springers which we hope represent the breed as described in the ESS breed standard... to the best of our ability. We also want to help others who would like to start in the sport of dog showing. Maybe we can recommend another breeder in your area that could be a mentor and help you learn about showing and breeding. But most importantly, the puppies we are responsible for bringing into this world, we want to find the most wonderful, loving, "forever homes" possible !!
The McChesneys at WhiteOak