I typically have one, maybe two, litters a year from my personal gun dogs. I select sires based on what I feel is the best match to complement my female and help me to meet my goals for my breeding program and I travel as far as needed to breed to the sire that offers the best match. I do not do any breedings just to have puppies and I sell only to hunting – companion homes. My puppy buyers usually want a pup from a specific litter and are willing to wait: as a result my litters are typically spoken for before they are born, often before the breeding even takes place.
The match between the hunter and the dog is the crucial element for a happy 14 year relationship. Anyone interested in learning more about rymans in general or specifically my dogs is welcome to call or email. I am always happy to talk about bird dogs.
In 2020 I anticipate that there will be two Firelight breedings.
1) I normally breed my females only two times as their primary role is my hunting companion. However, for the second time ever I am making an exception and I am having a 3rd litter from my Kate. Kate is a joy to hunt with and she has exceptional conformation and beauty. Coupled with the fact that she produced some outstanding dogs in her first two litters I could not resist the opportunity to breed her to a male who offers exactly what I am striving for in my dogs. October Blue Doc offers fresh bloodline and solid field talent in his pedigree blending Ryman-type with Llewellin. Doc is calm, resilient, and intelligent. A powerful, compact 54 lbs, he has a beautiful head and the short-coupled athletic conformation that is elusive within the Ryman-type. Doc is also the sire of my exciting Annie and there have been other crosses of Firelight with Doc offspring that produced beautifully so I feel that this breeding has great promise. This breeding has now taken place and the litter is due at the end of June 2020.
2) Note 5/23/2020: The breeding between Seth x Cassie has been postponed until winter/spring 2021 due to the timing of Cassie’s heat. This breeding is planned between my Firelight Seth x Firelight Cascade. “Cassie” is a daughter of my Storm X Classic Russian Blue. Cassie was sold as a puppy to a friend in Michigan with the condition that if she merited being bred that we would work on it together. With her owners all-natural, just let them hunt approach Cassie developed into a very productive and reliable grouse dog while being a terrific companion. Both Cassie and Seth are well proven on ruffs, with strong noses, agile, animated in run and staunch on point. Seth is 64 lbs, Cassie is 48.