We are currently planning 2 litters for the spring of 2021.
We like to have a lot of conversations and get to know people who are interested in our pups and we reserve the right to refuse sale to anyone we deem to be an inappropriate match for our pups. It is extremely important to us that our pups go to good, loving homes and we do our best to help our buyers select the right pup for their families. So when you contact us, please tell us a little about yourself, and what you're looking for in your next hunting companion and family member. Feel free to ask us detailed questions about our kennel, our dogs and the breed in general.
Males must prize in a NAVHDA Utility test. Foreign or other equivalent tests may be substituted.
Females must score 105 or higher and prize in a NAVHDA Natural ability test or prize in NAVHDA UPT or Utility test.
Must be certified to be free of hip dysplasia
Free of any temperament disorders; such as gun shy, shy or too aggressive
Comply with breed standard’s disqualifications (Breed Standard is listed on the NAPS website)
In addition to the requirements above, we train and handle all of our own dogs in their NA Tests. So far, they have all earned a Prize 1. We also train an handle our dogs in their Utility tests. Zayda is an exception to this as she came to us at the age of 6 and was retired after the "C" Litter. Training and handling our dogs allows us to better assess their natural level of cooperation and their ability to handle pressure. It also allows us to help our buyers going through the testing process if they need guidance.
We take our stud selection process very seriously. When seeking a stud for our girls, we usually start looking about 6 months before we expect the breeding to happen. We spend hours looking at pedigrees, talking to their owners and talking others who have used the studs we are interested in. We also inquire about the health information on the stud and the stud's progeny. We look at past pairings to females with similar pedigrees to ours to see how their progeny have performed and if any health issues stand out. We purchased our own personal copy of the Breedmate program so that we can check the breeding coefficient of each pairing we are considering. Temperament is one of our biggest considerations when selecting a stud. We also do not select any stud with a PennHip of more than .5 or an OFA score less than Good.
We sell our pups registered as "breed restricted" which means that if you breed your pup while the restriction is in place, you will not be able to register any pups from the litter. In order to lift the restriction on a pup for breeding, we require that you adhere to and complete the requirements set forth by the North American Pudelpointer Society. We require this because we feel that it is an important step in protecting our pups as well as maintaining the quality and integrity of future litters produced. Once our buyers meet the requirements, we gladly lift the restriction free of charge.
We prefer not to ship puppies to their new homes. Over the years, we have come to feel that it is too much of a risk and we would prefer our buyers to pick their puppies up in person. In fact, the cost to fly out to pick up a pup is generally less expensive than shipping a pup these days. This isn't to say we don't make exceptions from time to time but we strongly feel that shipping is hard on pups and prefer buyers to pick them up in person.
Regardless of your selection of breeder we encourage everyone going through the search for a puppy to read the NAPS Puppy Buyers Guide. It is full of great advice for anyone navigating through the process of buying a pudelpointer.
What you get when you get a pup from us
We take great pride in making our pups family dogs from an early age. Our litters are whelped in our living room under constant supervision and live there for their first 4 to 6 weeks. We sleep on the couch in the same room with the mom and pups through the first 3 to 4 days so we can be alerted if anything major happens. We handle the pups a few times a day to start and we gradually increase handling them as they get older. We play with their feet, lay them on their backs, mess with their mouths and just generally get them used to all sorts of interaction with us. When they get to about 2 to 3 weeks old we start allowing trusted friends and family to begin interacting with them as well.
We deworm our pups every two weeks starting when they are two weeks old. Their first solid food is around the 4 week mark, which is generally when they go outside for the first time as well. They get their first set of vaccinations when they are as close to 8 weeks old as we can get, depending on when they are going to their forever homes. Your pup will come to you already micro-chipped and registered with NAVHDA. We also provide a complimentary 1 year membership to the North American Pudelpointer Society.
At 5 or 6 weeks we start to introduce the wing to develop their pointing instinct and tossing small toys for them to chase and "retrieve". We make it all fun and exciting for them. Once we've played the wing game a few times we discontinue that and start getting out the real birds, using frozen birds at first to let them smell and chew a little and even carry around. Then we move on to live birds that are not able to flap around too much and spook the pups. We bring them into the scent cone individually to see each pups attitude toward the birds. Many will be a little stand-offish at first but there are always those brave few who charge right in, pick up the bird and pack it around. At 7 weeks we start getting them in the water and we may even get a few swimmers before 8 weeks. We do not pressure our pups in any way at this young age but make things fun and exciting and do what we can to develop their confidence and attachment to people.