In August 2003, Jay’s love for the outdoors, hunting and dogs led him to buy his first hunting dog, a Labrador Retreiver, from Mike Stewart’s Wildrose Kennels in Oxford, Mississippi. Thereafter, Jay became passionate about training and handling well-bred gun dogs, and Mike Stewart, a renowned trainer, became Jay’s mentor.

In 2005, Jay became an associate trainer for Wildrose, giving him more opportunities to perfect his training and handling skills, while working with Mike. He also was able to spend more time with Mike on a one and one basis and learn from him. Another benefit that came with being an associate trainer was the opportunity to meet Wildrose partners from the UK. One of the partners that has been very influential to Jay is Nigel Carville of Northern Ireland.

Years passed by and Jay’s friendship with Nigel increased and his relationship with Wildrose grew. It was on a trip to England in February of 2013 with Mike Stewart to visit Nigel that he met Ian Openshaw. Ian, Nigel, Mike and Jay rabbit hunted over Ian’s Cockers. After that hunt Jay knew that he wanted a Cocker. In mid-2013, Jay imported his first cocker, Kenine Wild Lavendar (Cassie).

Our Mission


    By importing the best field genetics in English Cocker Spaniels from the UK we feel that we are bringing in dogs that will be more biddable and easier to train. Because these dogs have been bred for generations to hunt and perform in the field.


    Our goal is to show you examples of low force training methodologies for English Cocker Spaniels.


    Once you buy a dog from Ryglen we don’t want your experience to stop there. We want to be available for you to help you on this journey with you Ryglen Cocker.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the questions we get asked the most about English Cocker Spaniels
Ian Openshaw’s kennel is called Rytex. Nigel Carville’s is Astraglen. Both men were very influential in getting me started with English Cocker Spaniels, so the kennel names were combined to make Ryglen.
English Cockers can be used to flush and retrieve most any upland game bird as well as rabbits. Also they would make a great retriever for dove hunters. They could do waterfowl but only in very mild weather, their coats are not water repellent as a Labradors is.
Males 24-32lbs
Females 22-30lbs
Please let us know if you have any questions or need additional information about Ryglen or English Cocker Spaniels.

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About Ryglen

At Ryglen Gundogs we raise English Cocker Spaniels from the best genetics available from the UK.  By importing genetics directly from the UK we feel we are bringing in dogs that will be more biddable, easier to train, and have genetics from proven fields that goes back generations.
As well as raising puppies, we offer training to the clients who have purchased their dog from us.  Puppies go home with their owners until they are at least 6-8 months old.  At that time they can come back to Rylen for our BASIC GUNDOG program which typically takes 6-8 months to complete.  
Besides training of client puppies we also have the ability to import fully trained dogs from the UK for those interested in that option.  
Finally, no matter whether it is a puppy or a fully trained dog we want to be there along the journey with you.  That’s the Ryglen Family!