Someone I've grown quite friendly with on our walks, has mated her cocker spaniel bitch. And before anyone asks she wanted a litter (clueless, on your questions to that one), has grown up with cockers, the bitch is kc reg'd, she asked the breeders permission and done all relevant health tests earlier this year. She went through the lists of stud dogs and chose two possibles that she wanted to mate her bitch with, both choc roan (for record her bitch is orange roan). Both about 200 miles away. But in order for her to mate, she had to transfer her bitch back to the breeders kennel name as neither would allow her bitch to mate with their dog without it. Now to my question Is this just down to snobbery or is there a valid reason that they would only mate with a bitch with a kennel name? Thanks in advance for your replies.