Our breeding program is designed to produce the finest German Shorthaired Pointers possible for the family and foot hunter. We pay very close attention to Temperament, Natural Ability through proven dogs in our program. All of our dogs are worked daily, and are hunted on a regular basis during the hunting season. The majority of our dogs are used in our professional guide service. We do offer Stud Services on a limited basis, stud fees are do at time of breeding. We are dedicated to maintaining all our dogs in a clean and healthy environment.
Over the past several years we have moved our breeding program towards the European lines specifically, Hege Haus, Pottmes and Del Rade Savic lines. Though we have been very satisfied with the European breeding's, we have moved our program back to the US field Lines, it really comes down to personal preference and style of the lines. having extensive experience with both, my preference is the field lines crossed with the European lines.
Starting 2017 preference for our pups will be to NAVHDA (North American Versatile Dog Association) homes, as the German Shorthaired Pointer is a Versatile Hunting Dog bred for that purpose. We have found over the past couple of years and the growth in popularity of the GSP, that the families who have had the hardest times are families that aren't hunters, trialers, or testing families, this has been our experience. We understand and respect that some will disagree with our assessment. The past 2 years we have brought back several dogs to re-home from our breeding's, simply because the families couldn't deal with the activity level. We have also been contacted by families who have dogs from other breeders who are looking to re-home their pup. It is important to always keep in the back of your mind when considering this breed, The GSP is a working dog they need a job first and foremost, they need more than the normal exercise daily to be real happy. They are suppose to be somewhat hyper that is normal. They are intelligent almost to a fault at times. Having said that, the GSP is a spectacular breed, just be ready for the ride of a lifetime. We feel that we make it very clear to people the level of energy and time commitment the German Shorthaired Pointer requires, we will always take back one of our pups but will not refund any money, except for what falls with in the four corners of our contract and guarantee!
It is our preference to meet all perspective families in person before placing one of our pups. We no longer ship puppies, puppies must be picked up in person. It is so important to meet and talk about our philosophy in our breeding program, and so folks can meet our dogs. With very few exceptions both sire and dam will be on premise. It is also important for us to be able to answer any questions to be sure that the GSP is the right fit. We also in our contract have a clause that specifically says that you as a perspective owner of one of our pups have been made aware that they can require more exercise and mental stimulation to keep them content.
WHAT TO EXPECT
We are planning two litters in 2020. Starting in fall 2020 WA State residents will pay Sales Tax, in the past we have just paid it. The reason for the change is, that since I retired from training to be able to spend time with our dogs, I am going to raise these 2 litters different than in past years. $1500.00 represents a strong commitment from a family looking to add a GSP to the family. Too many GSP are turned over to Rescue's or Given away. I want anyone considering a pup from us to have the investment / commitment that it makes it a bit more difficult to just surrender the pup. In addition we believe in our breeding program, pedigrees and health. The changes are as follows.
New in 2020
We will release pups between 8 and 10 weeks, dependent on the pups progress.
Picks will be made at 7 weeks. We think this will give new families a better chance of seeing personalities of the pups.
Vaccinations 6 and 8 Weeks, Bordetella at 8 Weeks We Use the Vanguard Plus 5
Pups will be wormed at 2, 4, 6, and 8 weeks, weeks prior to leaving
Pups will be health checked by our veterinarian at 7 weeks.
Pups will have some field introduction, and retrieving work. (Spring Litters Only)
Pups will have socialization in many different settings.
We do not breed for Color or Marking and Deposits do not guarantee color. We Place our pups in Hunting / testing home only. The reason our deposits are non-refundable is, we want you to do your homework first, before choosing us as your breeder, not just place a deposit because of availability. We always reserve the right to cancel a breeding for any reason, if that occurs any deposits will be returned immediately.
Our litters are raised in our home, in fact they are raised in our Kitchen, not by accident the kitchen in our home is the highest traffic area and provides the day to day noise we want our pups to be conditioned to hearing. The pups get far more socialization in this environment. They begin to hear and feel the sounds from day one, as their ears and eyes open they don't realize that anything is different. They are handled often. In the past we have had more than one litter at a time, but no longer do that. One litter at a time, and we will forgo a breeding to be sure that we have one litter at a time.
We have been very fortunate but have been very careful in the selection of dogs used in out breeding program, to produce healthy pups. All dogs in our program as of January 2019 Have been tested and cleared of the following. Lupoid Dermotosis (Exfoliative Cutaneous Lupus Erythemtosus), Cone Degeneration (German Shorthaired Pointer Type), Degenerative Myelopathy, Hyperuricosuria, Von Willebrand Disease II. Hips will be evaluated by OFA or Pennhip. It is so important to look for breeder who does Genetic Testing for diseases that are breed specific. In 2019 all out breeding dogs will also be clear of Lupoid Dermatosis (Blood test through PenGenn) We do all our other testing with Paw Print Genetics. The chart Below is simple but shows the importance of knowing If a dog is clear, carrier or affected.
OUR GUARANTEE & REGISTRATION
It is important to understand the guarantee, and what happens in the unlikely event a genetic issue arises, such as Hip Dysplasia, heart, eyes and any other condition a breeder guarantees. Ours is very simple, should any issue arise that would fall under our contract you get your purchase price back and can keep the dog. We aren't going to ask you to take another pup or ask you to return a dog that is part of your family or a partial refund. Another important question you need to discuss with the breeder you choose, what if for some reason out of your control you can't keep your pup / dog, how will your breeder participate in re-homing or will they take the pup / dog back.
New in 2020, in the past we have required people to use the letter and vom SBDG in the name, your are welcome to but it is no longer a requirement. All pups will be sold with full registration.
We place all our pups with a written contract, that will outline the responsibilities of the purchaser and seller, the limits of liability, so their are no misunderstandings. All pups are sold with a 30 month guarantee outlined in the contract.
Our litters are AKC registered (Pre-Paid Registration and NAVHDA eligible Registration.
We will also have an incentive to those who participate in the NAVHDA Natural Ability Test.
We are always pleased to provide references upon request.
We do not breed for color and will not Guarantee, Color, Markings, depth of Roaning, Solid Color heads, and place our pups in Hunting / Testing home only.
Our Dogs Are DNA Tested
This chart demonstrates the importance of DNA testing. It is so easy for us to keep the lines and breed clear of hereditary problems with simple DNA testing. All our breeding dogs are tested through Pawprint Genetics and PennGen. Starting with our 2019 litter all our breeding dogs will be Healthy /Non Carrier's, we added the requirement for Lupoid Dermatosis for all litters starting in 2019, (The Test for Lupus Dermatosis is not 100%, however having clear dogs reduce the chance of producing a pup that is a carrier or affected) for this reason we can't guarantee a pup to be clear, but we test to reduce the chances.
These are the 5 tests that we complete as of January 2019:
Cone Degeneration (German Shorthaired Pointer Type)
Von Willebrand Disease II
Lupoid Dermatosis (Exfoliative Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus) (All breeding dogs Tested as of Jan 2019)