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Since getting back into raising animals in 2007, I’ve raised and conditioned quite a few companionable
working labs. In doing so I have studied the health and genetics of these animals and keep up with how
quickly the animal understands certain exercises whether it be OB, handling, whistle coherence, etc…
on top of all that, always taking a preference is the animal's temperament, this being how calm and
biddable the animal is.
Pedigrees are not what I primarily base my search for a new breeder on, however, pedigrees do
matter and do give someone that is not familiar with the breeder and their training technics, a higher
probability of procuring one closer to their style or made up a vision of what they expect. This brings me
to what I look for in a companionable game dog.
My definition of a Game Dog is one that is genetically sound, calm in temperament, always looking to
please, and has a natural hunting instinct. One that relies on its nose and not primarily on its eyes. There
are several things that I look for in our Game dog breeding program
1. Dogs that do not whine or noises dog, whining can be genetics, this is measured from the time we
acquire the pup to about 12 months of age. Most pups will whine but some do so more than others.
Most all dogs will make noise, but some will do so more than others. There is a lot of variables in
these, such as some conditioning-training methods cause noise.
2. Natural tendencies to deliver to hand and a soft hold of game. These are measured from the time
we acquire the pup to 6 months. Again there are certain training methods out there that will cause
these issues of not delivering to hand and what some call hard mouth if the animal is not
3. Calm Temperament and Biddable – tractable, this is measured from the time we acquire the pup
to around 12 months, as most dogs will start to calm with age and there is some that won’t ever
mellow. Biddable is measured how well that animal wants to please, which is one of the easiest
ones, I find to discern.
4. We personally have raised and conditioned each one of our dogs, unlike most breeders that have
not. For the ones we have not raised and had to choose to breed to we have had a close relationship
with the sire or dame throw out their development. When we do breeding and decide to keep
one of the pups out of the litter we will keep the last one left out of the litter after all the others have
been picked. That is how strong we feel about our breeding program compared to most out there.
We do all the major health testing, Hips and Elbows are X‐rayed then sent to the OFA to be scored and
Eyes are checked and then OFA cert. We also test for EIC, CNM, PRA and do a DNA profile with the AKC.
All test results are disclosed. No exceptions
Bugs & Sam!