Litters and Puppies
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. 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 that will offer wild bird hunting opportunities to their pup. 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.
I have two breedings planned for 2023.
The first is a repeat breeding of Firelight Dreamboat Annie to Firelight KM Tip. Any time that you hear that I am doing a repeat breeding you know that the litter from the first same pairing must have been very good. After hunting and spending time with those pup (now almost 2 yrs) I decided that I needed a female for myself. Annie has everything that I strive for in my breedings: talented on birds, exciting to hunt with speed and animation, strong natural retrieve, healthy (including OFA excellent/normal), beautiful tri, 48 lbs, and easy to live with. Tip is a Firelight homebred who lives in and hunts New England. He has some legs under him and ranges to 100 yards yet requires very little handling. Talented bird finder, healthy (including OFA Good/normal), 62 lbs, handsome and easy to live with. His offspring from other litters are showing his talent and Firelight style. I expect the breeding to take place in January/February.
My second planned breeding will be in the spring with my Dance. Dance is 7th generation Firelight and is just what I am looking for. A classic beauty, 48 lbs, fastest in my pack, very stylish on point, so much fun to hunt with, strong natural retrieve, healthy (including OFA excellent/normal) and a character who lives easily within my pack. I have not yet made my final decision on a sire.