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Top Breeder 2017

An award we have achieved 12 times since 2005

And home to



Welcome to the world of Gwendariff Irish Setters.

The Irish Setter Association of England Advert 2018..... think this says it all!

Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream

Owned by Debs Armitage Winner of Bitch CC at Irish Setter Club of Wales 2018


Hero.... our new young hopeful.

Gwendariff Weekend Warrior


From matings of Tosca and Jamie

The Nuts Litter

Winners from Irish Setter Breeders Club 2018 and overseas

Top Left - Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream
Top Right - Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts Aboutu Glenavna Jw
Bottom Right - Int & Icelanic Ch Gwendariff Choc Nut Chip
Bottom left - German Ch Gwendariff Nutty Professor


OUR REPEAT MATING 'WW LITTER' FROM TOSCA & JAMIE. BORN 10/5/17 and delighting us and their owners with their brilliant start to their show careers.

Top Left - Gwendariff Willy Wont He
Top Right - Gwendariff Weekend Warrior
Bottom left - Gwendariff Whirlwind at Harvancourt
Bottom right - Gwendariff Wonder Woman


Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Nuts Aboutu Glenavna JW

Gorgeous Peanut - Winner of Reserve CC at ISBC and CC No. 8 along with Best In Show one week later in Scotland. Well done Peanut and Christine


Gwendariff Unknown Soldier JW

Winner of Limit Dog Class at ISBC owned by Anne, Ruth & Diane


Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream

Winner of Reserve Bitch CC at ISBC


Our 2018 advert for the Irish Setter Club of Scotland Yearbook

2017 advert for Our Dogs Annual. Celebrating another fantastic year !!!

We are so proud of all our owners and their doggies who have helped make us the world renowned kennel we are today.

Sh Ch Gwendariff Coco Nut Cream Winner of Group 2 at Ladies Kennel Association Decenber 2017.

This win gives her the award of Top CC winner of the year. We are thrilled !

4 Happy Ladies !

Owner of Elsie - Debs Armitage

Handler/Breeder - Diane

The Star ! Elsie

& Judge Becky Box

As proud members of the the KC Assured Breeder Scheme, we are delighted to have been selected for inclusion in their Experienced Breeder Case Study

KC Case Study


Click the image to read our article

Introducing the latest Gwendariff litter

Group 2 win for Gwendariff Nuts Aboutu Glenavna JW at Belfast

BDSS 2016 - Group 2 win for Gwendariff

Huge congratulations to Christine and the handsome Peanut winning theri first CC, BOB and Group 2 at Belfast Dog Show Society.

We are very proud !


Gwendariff does the double at ISC of Scotland !

Gwendariiff Does the Double at the Irish Setter Club of Scotland Championship show 2016

The handsome Whippersnapper wins the CC and Best In Show.

And another new Champion for Gwendariff!

Jill Holleys Fizzy gains her title. Many congratulations to Sh Ch Gwendariff Soda Pop to Wynjill.

We are so proud !

A day to remember at Midland Irish Setter Society.

Gwendariiff Whippersnapper is BIS at Midland Irish Setter Society Championship show 2016

Nilsson wins Best in Show

His lovely daughter Aiobheannes Smart Move Gwendariff wins Best Puppy in Show.

Best Veteran for Sue with Daniel, Sh Ch Gwendariff Rockin Robin.

Gwendariiff at Midland Irish Setter Society Championship show 2016The first ever CC for Gwendariff was won at this show in 2001 with KLASSIQUE.

Cherished memories for us all.

Photos by: Barbara Gladwish


Gwendariff Whippersnapper is Top Dog All Breeds 2015 - Ireland

Gwendariff Whippersnapper is Top Dog All Breeds 2015 - Ireland

Gwendariiff Whippwesnapper

Gwendariff Whippersnapper

UK's Top Irish Setter Breeder 2014

Assured Breeders Scheme Members

 Accolade of Excellence Award

The First Irish Setter Breeder to hold this prestigous award.  

WHAT A START TO 2014 !  

We have the first NEW CHAMPION of the year !

We are so very proud to tell you all that NILSSON is now a GB SH CH

We are so thrilled......thank you so very much to everyone for all their support and kind words about this lovely boy.
He is a joy to own, such fun and enjoys his showing too !  

Gwendariff Whippsnapper

PICTURE BY Alison Meadows.

Sh Ch Gwendariff Whippersnapper

PEACHES wins her 4th CC at Midland Counties!

Gwendariff Fizzy Pop

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Fizzy Pop JW

Sh Ch Gwendariff Rockin Robin JW


North of England Irish Setter Club 2012

Gwendariff Rockin Robin

Many congratulations to Daniel and Sue on this wonderful achievement.

You make us very proud!


We now have a new litter by the UK's Top Irish Setter !

Sire: Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Northamber Just Cause for Glenavna JW

Dam: Gwendariff The Special One JW

Puppies now born !

For more information click here

Tel: 07740 679808 or email us:

PEACHES is now an Irish Show Champion too !

Gwendariff Fizzy Pop

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Fizzy Pop JW

(subject to KC & IKC Confirmations)

What a fabulous couple of weeks we’ve all had – Peaches  now has two titles , in just two weeks.
Her final Green Star came at Irish Native Breeds, under judge Ken Kennedy.  Thank you to all who have admired her.


And also the BITCH RCC TOO !! 


ELVIS wins his 2nd CC & BOB & GROUP 2 at Driffield Championship Show  !!!

Gwendariff Whata Corker

We are so proud to tell you all that Elvis has now returned to the show ring after a nice long break – he has matured into a fine young man.


SUNSHINE continues her winning ways by taking the BITCH CC ALSO !!

This is her 8th CC.

Many thanks to Jackie Boyd-McNeill for piloting Sunshine to the top spot ! 

And not forgetting Suzy Roffeys young girl, GWENDARIFF THE REAL THING, who won the Reserve Bitch CC form Yearling !!  Well done !!


Peaches is our 10th GB Champion – we are absolutely thrilled !

Also the first for this new partnership of Alec and my niece, Danielle

Gwendariff Fizzy Pop

Sh Ch Danaway Lancelot x Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Pop My Cork



Gwendariff Whippersnapper

Coppers Magiska Under x Gwendariff Miss Whiplash JW (2CC's, 2 RCC's)

We have had such a lovely time showing Nilsson – winning his Junior Warrant when he was only just 9 months old !

He also, is in the ownership of Alec & Danielle.



(Sh Ch Starchelle Chicago Bear  X  Sh Ch Clonageera Stella)

9th February 1998 – 6th March 2012

I have been asked by many people to write something to commemorate the life of my very special girl, Annie.  Before doing so I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone so very, very much for all the lovely cards, messages, texts, Face Book comments and phone calls I have received since we made the heart breaking decision to assist sleep for our precious girl.  Your kindness and generosity in word and deed has been totally overwhelming.

I was at Bournemouth Championship show in 1996 and saw a beautiful bitch in Open named Sh Ch Clonageera Stella.  I thought her most lovely; not too big, very pretty and sound as a pound all completed with such a lovely nature and style about her.  I had long admired Sh Ch Marksway Marquis and his breeding was from Andana, the same foundation as the Clonageeras.  I spoke to Stellas breeder, Pat Rutherford that day and decided to book a puppy there and then.  I waited for 18 months until the day I got her.  I never could have dreamed that this little bundle was going to have such an impact on my life.

Annie - Puppy head shotFrom the moment I got her I just knew she was special.  She had a certain air about herself that I had never seen in any of my other setters, but yet she was so gentle and kind.  Her soft expression could have melted a stone.

Annies first show was South of England Irish Setter Club under Jim Smith and she won three classes.  Jims verbal critique, I can remember, spoke about her beautiful shoulders and how refined she was through the blades.  He said she had the best shoulders of the day.  I was so delighted.

I call her my ‘First Lady’ – as she was the first Irish Setter I had owned who had achieved a Challenge Certificate , the first to achieve a Best in Show award at a Club Show, the first to achieve an All Breeds Best in Show here in Ireland, the first to attain a Show Champion Certificate in Ireland, the first to achieve a Show Champion Certificate in UK, the first to attain the very coveted Dog World Brood Bitch award – which she then won for 4 years in succession. ( Her daughter Pop My Cork then retained this title for our kennel after her. )  I mated her to Sh Ch Danaway Fortune Teller JW and she had ten puppies.  Three went into the show ring and all three became Show Champions, G Moet & Chandon, G Dom Perignon, G Pop My Cork – these three dogs amassed a total of 48 CC’s between them with Dom Perignon going on to produce 10 more Champions in UK & Ireland and two others currently on 2 CC’s and litter sister G Pop My Cork going on to produce 6 more Champions in the UK and Ireland and three other CC winners , so far.  Annies  grandchild, Gwendariff Rock Chick is a combination of both Dom Perignon and Pop My Cork and her mating to the successful Stud,  Shenanagin What Next, has given Rock Chick this years  ISAE title of Top Brood Bitch.  What a lovely testament to my darling girl that her child and now her grandchild have followed in her footsteps. 

People often ask about your special memories in the show ring.  One of my most treasured was when Annie won her first CC (and my first) at Midlands Irish Setter Club in 2001 under judge Roy Rout.  She was young but had to go into Mid Limit due to her Irish Kennel  Club  wins.  I was totally shocked when she got the ticket and really didn’t know whether to be ecstatic or cry !  In the end  I did both – but cried privately in the car after it had all sank in.  The worst bit however was that I didn’t even get to go home with her,  as she was going off to Danaway with the late Brian & Mary Gurney  to be mated to James later the next week……………it was the most awful feeling ever.  That night I was staying with a friend, Jo Howe who had Weimaraners.  When I got to her house she produced  a couple of bottles of Champagne to celebrate – that’s how we came to have champagne names for the litter Annie was now hopefully going to have.  Annies second CC came at Driffield under judge Christine Schofield – that day John Thirlwells  Shandwick Amethyst at Ferndel won his 3rd CC and BOB .  I have a lovely photo of the day that Annie won her 3rd CC on home ground at Belfast & District Irish Setter Club under the late June Hill. This time it was her turn to win BOB and Best in Show, as the CC Dog was non other than Shandwick Amethyst again !  When Dom Perignon won his second CC at Blackpool under judge Val Lockhart it was so wonderful when his lovely mum Annie won the Reserve – a truly lovely day.  In Ireland my most memorable day was when she won Best in Show at Bray General Championship show in 2002.  It was a breed specialist doing the breed, Terry O’Leary and also another breed specialist judging the Gundog Group, Anne Gormley.  I was so delighted to have won the Group and never really considered that we would go any further.  Respected Irish All Rounder,  judged Best In Show and when he chose Annie as his Best in Show winner, the audience erupted.  I came out of the ring and so many people were there to see her.  I was overwhelmed at just how popular she was.  Such lovely comments she received.

BIC Club Show

I have spoken about my memorable times in the ring with Annie but at home she was just a little star and very quickly but quietly took up her position in the pack as Alpha female.  Her subtle ways, with just the lift of a brow or a sideways glance were enough to keep the naughtiest young pup in check. She loved her walks and having that special time away with me when we were at shows. She was my shadow.  When she was due her first litter I was on a course with my work so I asked my mum to come over to watch her. She had been panting heavily through the night and I really did not want to leave her as I thought she might start within a few hours.  I had an exam on the course so had no option but to attend.  She waited all day until I came home and as soon as she heard my voice, the first was born – it was now 6 pm at night!  She was very assured of herself,  she never gave kisses except first thing in the morning to greet you – I still miss waking her.
We chose not to attend Crufts this year preferring to spend our time saying our Goodbyes to our darling girl – she still gave us special memories even when we were doing that……….

‘Annie Ritchie’ as we used to call her , was a very special dog.  I am heartbroken that she is gone but feel so proud of her and everything she has given us. She made Gwendariff what it is today.  We shall endeavour to uphold her legacy.  I am just so privileged to have the honour of being part of her life. Thank you Pat & Jim for allowing me to have her.  She is pictured below in her hey day with all her other brothers and sisters – all became Show Champions.  It was a lovely era and ‘family’ to be part of.  I am truly grateful.

Clongeera Show Champions

‘Annie we miss you but I know that you are here – my darling girl your spirit surrounds me every day. Thank you for such special times. ‘

Diane & Alec

Two New Junior Warrant Winner

for Two New Irish Setter Exhibitors!

Gwendariff Viva Las Vegas

Gwendariff Viva Las VegasJW

Owned by Ian Vatcher & Steve Jones


Gwendariff Gonna Be Special JW

Owned by Ruth & Anne Longbottom & Diane

Gwendariff Gonna Be Special

Elvis wins his first CC at Boston 2012

Gwendariff Whata Corker

Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Whata Corker JW

Elvis, who has just turned 3 years old, delighted us winning the first CC of 2012

Click here to view the video of Elvis winning the CC


A Gwendariff Irish Setter puppy from our 2011 litter

Thanks to all our CC Winners that contributed to us winning this most prestigious award again!


Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Rock Diva JW CW'10

Sh Ch Gwendariff Rockin' Robin JW

Sh Ch Gwendariff Pop The Question JW

Gwendariff Mr Noticeme JW


We have won this award for 7 years since 2005!

Top Irish Setter Bitch 2011

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Rock Diva JW CW'10

Sunshine - 4 CCs & 7 RCCs

Co-owned with Cathy Neill

Top Irish Setter Puppy 2011

Gwendariff Gonna Be Special

Daisy - co-owned with Ruth & Anne Longbottom

AJ gains his title at Dublin!

Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Mr I'm The One

Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Mr I'm The One

We are delighted for Kim & Drew Smyth whose dedicated care and hard work of the lovely AJ has been rewarded.

AJ won his 7th Green Star at Dublin in December.

A great year for these first time Irish Setter owners and AJ who along the way also took Reserve Best in Show at Carlow.

Sunshine wins the CC at Midland Counties !

Another fantastic day for Gwendariff, winning the Bitch CC, and breeding the Dog RCC , Best Puppy in Breed and 5 class winners, not to mention 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Open Dog and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in Puppy Bitch !

'Delighted' just doesn't come close !!!

'Sunshine' gains her title !

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Rock Diva JW CW'10

Sunshine wins her 3rd CC, BOB and Gundog Group 4 at South Wales Champ Show.

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Clonageera Klassique Gwendariff

Our darling 'Annie' - from whom all current Gwendariffs descend.

Annie wishes all her Grandchildren 'GOOD  LUCK' for the forthcoming CRUFTS 2011.

Sh Ch & Irish Sh Ch Gwendariff Pop My Cork

Winner of Dog World TOP BROOD BITCH 2010

Irish Sh Ch Gwendariff Whata Corker JW

Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff What Corker

Photo by Will Harris

Elvis gained his Show Champion title in style by winning Group 7 at Cloghran Championship show.

This followed his Reserve Best in Show win at Bull Breeds Championship show - and still not 2 years old!!!

Another DOUBLE for Gwendariff Irish Setters!

A new Show Champion for Sue Edwards with BOB
and a 2nd CC for Alison & Frank

Left - ShCh Gwendariff Rockin Robin JW -3 CC's 9 RCC's

Right - Gwendariff Miss Whiplash JW - 2 CC's

Both of the above are Dom Perignon kids out of two sisters,
Gwendariff Rock Chick and Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Ms Dynamite

GB & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Ms. Dynamite

Our latest GB Champion!

Aimée's wins the CC, her second at

SWKA Championship Show

& her third and title at

Gundog Society of Wales - Oct 2010


Gwendariff Fizzy Pop JW

1 CC, 2 RCCs - DOB 22/11/2007

RCC - Midland Irish Setter Society

Pictured here - aged 17 months

Gwendariff Rock Diva JW

2 RCCs - DOB 01/07/2007

Runner Up - NI Gundog of the Year

Pictured here - aged 2½ years old

Gwendariff Pop The Question JW

1 CC, 1 RCC - DOB 22/11/2007

Dog CC - Boston Championship Show 2010

Sh Ch Danaway Lancelot of Autumnwood  x Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Pop My Cork

Owned by Mrs Jill Holley and Mrs Anna Cheney

Winning his first CC on the day - many congratulations!

Gwendariff Mr Noticeme JW

Dog CC - Setter and Pointer Club 2009

Photo: Ian Newsham

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Dom Perignon JW x Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Ms Dynamite

Owned by Hilary and Charlie Crosswell

Winning their first CC on the day - many congratulations!

Gundog Group 3 - Driffield 2009!

Sh Ch & Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Pop My Cork

Winning her 18th CC

Picture taken after her recent win - Aged 8 ½ years old

Our latest Champion

Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Rockafella JW

wins Reserve Best in Show at

Drogheda & District All Breed Championship show

Ir Sh Ch Gwendariff Rockafella JW


Click here to view Scott's page



View Elvis

Winning the CC

at Boston 2012


Crufts 2009


View Best of Breed

Crufts 2009

YouTube video



View Harvey

in the Gundog Group

at Crufts 2009

YouTube Video




As top winning Irish Setters breeders our aim is to give you a true feeling of life here at Gwendariff.

To this end we have included our Irish Setters puppies, our past and present Irish Setters Champions, our current show dogs and our working Labrador and German Shepherds.

We are members of most of the Irish Setter clubs within the UK and Ireland and when we do have Irish Setters puppies for sale, all pups are registered with the Kennel Club and we adhere to their guide to good practice for Irish Setters breeders. All breeding stock are PRA and CLAD clear and will also have been hip scored. DNA profiling is now also being undertaken by Gwendariff.

At Gwendariff it is quality not quantity that counts. Proven through our continued success at Championship Shows in the UK and Ireland, Crufts included.

Born and bred in Northern Ireland I have no hesitation in confessing that I am very patriotic and passionate about these beautiful Irish Red Setters. Nothing is so heart warming as to watch an Irish Setter free running across the glorious green pastures with the sun glistening across his beautiful chestnut red coat. The Irish Setters spirit of freedom really does ones heart good ...

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