Harmsen was the first person to import an American Cocker to South
Africa from England in 1971. He was a black and tan dog called Mittina
Heartbreaker of Sigmasix. A mate for him was imported from Holland
called Beau Geste of Gerwys Home - a buff bitch. From this
mating, one whelp was born in 1971 - a bitch - the colour is not
recorded but her name was Sigmasix Cornflaky. The first two
imports were never shown. Another mate for him was imported from
England, Ballantrae Blue Mist of Sigmasix who was black and
1972, Mittina Heartbreaker of Sigmasix and Ballantrae
Blue Mist of Sigmasix whelped a litter of puppies and in that
litter was a red and white, named Sigmasix Gold 'n Golly
- Robertson was his call name. He became a champion at a very young
age in 1973 and won many Best in Shows, he was owned by Liz Hill.
1976 saw the first home-bred bitch champion - Lizale Loosy-lastic
of Sigmasix, owned by Liz Hill and Ronnie Ryrie.
1973, two American Cockers were imported from America - Maplehurst's
Cottillion and Maplehurst's Mandrake. The story goes
that an exhibitor asked some one going overseas to bring back two
Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, but when they arrived it they were
American Cockers! Mrs. Liz Hill and Mr Ellis gladly took them on.
As more people discovered this merry little dog and they started
to be seen more regularly in the show ring, the imports increased
over the years.
litters reached their peak in 1986 with seventeen litters being
registered. Since then litter registrations have decreased and not
many litters are bred.
1978 I came to South Africa from England and bought my first, Waykhan
Bit O'Fluff who was out of Ch. Teilwood Gunsmoke of Strassheim
(imp UK)and Rengil Roc-a-Rosa (imp UK) from Maureen Rees.
This little girl became Maureen's first home bred American Cocker
Champion and the foundation of my kennel Birchdale.
the first South African enthusiasts to breed American Cockers were
Pat de Coning (Kaikoura), Liz Ballington (nee hill) (Lizale), Carol
and Mike Landsberg (Waylei), Liz Drennen & Veronica Tarr (Rosante),
Maureen Rees (Waykhan) Felicity Tennent (Wildwood). Miles Chadwick,
Laurie Green, Guy Jeavons and Daphne Cochrane were among the first
in Zimbabwe. Then, as they became more popular more kennel names
began to appear and some of these are still heavily involved with