David Tomlinson

David Tomlinson

David Tomlinson is a specialist writer on wildlife and countryside subjects whose work has taken him from Arizona to Argentina, Kazakhstan to Kenya, and almost every country in Europe. Among his more memorable experiences are being charged by a bull elephant while walking in Okavango, sharing a car with a young Jeremy Clarkson and watching Borg beat McEnroe at Wimbledon. For the last 22 years he has written a weekly gundog column for Shooting Times, while he has contributed the Sporting Dog column to The Field for 12 yearsHe lives in rural Suffolk with his wife and spaniels. He doesn’t do social media.

shorthaired pointer with pheasant

Whatever fault a retrieving dog may have, be it running-in, whining or not listening to the whistle, there’s only really one that’s serious enough to end a dog’s career and…

cocker spaniel

Most of us have a favourite gundog breed regardless of what sort of coat it has, but the length and nature of a dog’s hair does make quite a difference…

My study is filled with books on hunting and shooting, beasts and butterflies, flowers and fungi, but mainly books on birds. I’ve never counted, but there are hundreds of them,…

Fox

Disease from foxes All dogs, including gundogs can get the following disease from foxes: Sarcoptic mange Lungworm Rabies Dogs and foxes do suffer from the same diseases, though, of which…

Young rabbit

Once the staple quarry of the rough shooter, the humble rabbit has become something of a rarity in the countryside, with the result that generations of modern gundogs have little…

There was uncorking of champagne in the Tomlinson household last month, celebrating spaniel Rowan’s 16th birthday. English springers are generally regarded as enjoying, on average, one of the longest lifespans…

springer spaniel in water

Q: I would like a springer or working cocker spaniel to train as a gundog, but my father is not keen. My grandparents had a show-strain cocker who was a…

sad spaniel

My recent viewpoint on whether dogs mourn and experience grief when they lose a companion drew an interesting response from readers. (Read this piece on depression in dogs.) Sue Knight’s…

Brown rat

Rats are known to carry disease and one of the ones they can transmit is Weil’s disease, also known as leptospirosis. Leptospirosis in dogs and humans can be fatal. It…

Is there such a thing as poodles as working dogs?  Legends are often based on rumours, and rumours are seldom based on facts, so I’ve never been quite sure whether…

flatcoated retriever

What is it about the flatcoat retriever that makes it so successful at Crufts? It’s a question lots of showing enthusiasts have been asking themselves after Norwegian-owned flatcoat retriever Almanza…

muntjac

Long, sharp teeth can pose a genuine threat to gundogs when muntjac attack.  I well remember my first serious encounter with a muntjac. It was on a rough day in…

labradors

Readers from Northern Ireland are permitted a wry smile when they see the subject of this article on dog licences. Dog licences abolished in England, Scotland Wales The Government abolished…

spaniel sheep worrying

Sheep worrying – a growing problem Sheep worrying is a growing problem in the UK, no doubt made worse in the past two years by the growth in dog ownership…