tanjo english springers


The Tanjo English Springer Spaniel Kennels were established in 1982, in South Africa.  The kennel is owned by Joan Whittingham.

After showing numerous locally bred dogs we decided to import. Our first import in 1991 was from Australia, Ch Wongan Moody Blue at Tanjo (Benjamin), a liver, white and tan boy. Our first USA import in 1994 was Ch Salilyn’s Sheer Magic (Zillah).  She was the top ESS in South Africa for 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999.  She was also the top bitch for 2000. She was in the top 100 dogs in South Africa for 1997, 1998 and 1999. She was bred by the late Julia Gasow in the USA and was sired by Ch Salilyn's Condor ex Ch Salilyn's High Regard.   She was a full litter sister to Ch Salilyn N Erin's Shameless (Samantha), top Sporting Dog in the USA for 1998 and 1999.  Samantha and Zillah's sire won BIS at Westminster Kennel Club in 1992 and Samantha won BIS at Westminster Kennel Club in 2000.

Zillah was joined by Ch The Talking Eyes Big Shot at Tanjo (Zak) in 1998.  He was bred by Boris Pegan in the USA, and was sired by Ch Salilyn's Cyclone ex Ch Sieger's Charlotte Hornets.  He was the top Springer on the KUSA ratings for 2000.

Ch Ramblewood's Temptation at Tanjo (Zoe) joined us in 2002.  She was bred by Theresa Miller and Linda Riedel just outside of Seattle.  Her sire is Ch Salilyn's Turbulence, and her dam is Ch (Am/Can) Ramblewood Tapestry.  She did well in the show ring, was Top ESS for 2003 and 2004, and has now gone over the rainbow Bridge.

Ch Dansen's Sincerely at Tanjo (Ocho) our first black and white Springer arrived in 2005.  Ocho was bred by Dr Danny Sena in Dallas, Texas. Ocho was the top Springer for 2006 and 2007, and was awarded the KUSA 2007 and 2008 National Springer title.

During 2008 we successfully campaigned a black and white puppy bitch we kept from Zoe and Ocho's second litter Tanjo Intrigue (Leila), and she has really done us proud.   She has won Best Puppy in Show five times during her puppy career, with one Group win and a Reserve Best in Show.  She completed the 2008 year winning Reserve Best Puppy at the Western Cape Top Dog Competition. She was also the gundog puppy group winner at the Supa 7s competition held in January 2009. . Danny Sena has attained an American championship on Ch Tanjo N Dansen's Honor, from Zoe and Ocho's first breeding.

We leased Ch (SA/Bosnia/Croatia/Int) Otein N' Talking Eyes Magnitude (Casino) from Boris Pegan, Bob and Lori Nieto. Casino was bred by Lori and Bob Nieto in the USA and had been campaigned by Boris Pegan in Europe. Casino kicked off his South African show career on a high note, with eight group wins and four Best In Show awards. He was awarded the 2010 National English Springer Spaniel title.

We kept a black and white male pup from the first Leila/Casino litter, Tanjo Jedi Knight (now known as Grand Ch, Int Ch, Ch Tanjo Jedi Knight ZAW'17 CGC (Br)), Luke. Luke is Fucosidosis, PRA and PFK normal (clear). Luke is now a South African breed Grand champion and an International champion. Luke has had an exceptional show career, surpassing all our expectations! He won the KUSA Gundog Showdog of the year 2015, for the Top Winning Gundog of the year, which was a fabulous achievement! He is once again the National Springer for 2016 and 2017.

We kept a liver and white male, a singleton pup, Tanjo War Lord (Chrys) from our very special frozen breeding to USA Ch Ridgewyn Legacy and out of Ch Tanjo Obsession. He has surpassed all our expectations and at 18 months has done the most crazy amount of winning. He has multiple group firsts, multiple Best Puppy in Show wins, multiple Best Junior in Show wins and multiple Best in Show wins already under his belt. Just awesome!