Polly King, Breeder Field Agent
As Breeder Field Agent for Agria, Polly spends a lot of time up and down the country visiting breed clubs, attending shows and getting involved with the latest developments in the breeder world. This role comes very naturally to Polly, who has spent her working life involved with dogs, beginning in 1970 at Manstone Pekingese Kennels.
From here, a job on a farm enabled her to handle ISDS Border Collies and before they were KC recognised a Parson Russell at a hunt show. Gundogs came next for Polly, who took on her first Flatcoat in 1981 and bred her first litter in 1983. Her passion for gundogs continued as Polly would be at shows; watching, stewarding and judging. Polly enjoys training her dogs for other activities including work in the field, photo shoots for businesses and magazines, and has trained her dogs to take part in fun activities of agility, obedience, and rally.
Writing extensively for Our Dogs saw Polly involved with some high-profile topics, including significant coverage of puppy farmers and dog dealers, including reviewing the 2008 programme Pedigree Dogs Exposed. After which Polly set up a Facebook group to help breeders find dog health seminars and health screening tests, with support from the British Veterinary Association, ISDS and The Kennel Club. The group now has almost 6,000 members able to access information on tests and health screening available for the majority of breeds. Polly takes an active role in health testing, assisting with eye testing with Professor Peter Bedford and has when asked run other clinics or DNA collections, for other breeds.
Polly is a very active committee member for Thame and Oxfordshire County Canine Society which won a PAWSCAR for Best Open Show of the Year. She is dedicated to helping young people to get involved in the showing world, frequently developing and running seminars as part of her role on the committee of Thame and Oxfordshire County CS. Polly is currently a committee member of the Southern Flatcoated Retriever Club, a life member of Windsor Dog Show Society and a member of the Ladies Kennel Association.