The word Cliathán is the Irish or the Gaelic for Hill side and as we live on the side of a hill and being Irish this is why we chose Cliathán It is pronounced Cle-Hawn.
With a lifelong passion for hunting game I have been doing so since I was old enough to hold a shotgun, I started with a single barrel Stevens shotgun and a Springer Spaniel and he was good as any Springer was, but birds started to get scarce and I needed a dog that could hunt and cover more ground, and one day I was talking to a friend and he told me about this lady that lived in Wexford that breeds Brittany Spaniels and that was when we fell in love with the Brittany Spaniel, we bought our first Brittany there and the following year we imported a bitch from England and bred our first litter in early 1992 and have been breeding and working with Brittany Spaniels ever since. In recent years we have imported dogs from the top field trial kennels in France to improve our gene pool.
We are proud to be able to say that many of our dogs have been exported to many different owners world wide even as far away as Florida in USA . Our first export went to South Dakota which is known as the pheasant capital of the world it is said that they are more pheasants than people there. Our Kennels are famous for producing dogs of high natural ability, ideal for the foot hunter.
We breed our dogs to the F.C.I standard, which is the French standard where the breed originated from.
Our breeding stock are all BVA Hip scored, and we only breed from dogs with a hip score of less than 18 or graded A or B
Our brood bitches are selected for their natural working ability. We shoot over and field trial our males.
In Ireland we hunt on foot with our dogs on pheasant, snip, and woodcock to great effect, but they are equally at home in the Show ring. We are life members of the Irish Kennel Club and all our dogs are registered with the IKC and all are microchiped.
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