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Chip and Shelley Miller

SunMagic is home to Clumber Spaniels who successfully compete in a variety of venues including conformation, obedience/rally, tracking, barn hunt and hunting.

We began our involvement with Clumber Spaniels in 2006 where we had the opportunity to learn from several established breeders. It was the breeder of the Cearig kennel prefix (deceased), sharing her 30+ years of experience breeding, who had the most influence on us. We have continued the Cearig’s line of breeding that has consistently demonstrated in our dogs a remarkable depth of quality and performance, generation after generation.  Our small/hobby breeding program is therefore committed to preserving these bloodlines.

Shelley has participated in many educational opportunities offered by the American Kennel Club on topics such as breeding for success, health and wellness of the Clumber Spaniel, and proper canine structure and AKC canine breed standards. She has received the AKC’s Breeder Education Certificate and has been recognized by both the Clumber Spaniel Club of America and the Durham Kennel Club for her contributions to the canine community.

We work closely with Dr. Sara Lyle, DVM, Ph.D., Dip.ACT,  Professor of Theriogenology, at the North Carolina State University for our breeding needs. We’ve educated ourselves on various breeding practices and have incorporated those we find appropriate into our program. As the art of breeding purebred dogs moves forward, we utilize lessons learned, new advances, and the expertise of specialist to improve our chances for producing healthy Clumber Spaniels and to help ensure the future for this wonderful breed.

When transforming our puppies into healthy adult dogs the behaviors and temperament needed is complex. Thus, in addition to our careful attention to genetic selection and health testing, we provide appropriate social and behavior development. All our pups receive in- home, hands-on care with early socialization and temperament & performance testing at 7 weeks. All litters are AKC registered and puppies are sold on contract.

The best compliment received from one of our Clumber Spaniel owners……

“you don’t breed Clumber Spaniels, you breed love”

Memberships

American Kennel Club licensed judge- License # 102995

Clumber Spaniel Club of the Carolinas -President & Founder, 2019-present

Clumber Spaniel Club of America – www.clumbers.org

  • 2016-2020 Judges Education Chairperson
  • 2014-2016 Board Member, 2010-2011 Secretary

Clumber Spaniel Fanciers of Michigan – www.clumberfanciersofmi.org

  • 2014-present Board Member

Clumber Spaniel Health Foundation – http://clumberhealth.org

  • 2016-2017-Board Member, 2017-2020- Treasurer

Durham Kennel Club – www.durhamkennelclub.com

Conformation Committee, All-breed Conformation Show co-chair

Owner Handler Association of America, Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/ownerhandlersassoc/