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Tri-color Brittany Female

January 26th, 2010 3 comments

Polly - Female Tri-color Brittany

This is Lizzy’s sister and littermate Polly. She became available to me because her tri-color markings came in too heavy to be in show competitions. She has good bird drive and loves to get out and run. She moves well and holds her tail nice and high. She is currently in training with my personal friend who wanted to try a Brittany after years of shorthairs. We will try to get some pictures of her dog training.

Earning the AKC FC- Field Champion Title

January 19th, 2010 No comments

So you got a new brittany puppy and you want to train him to be a field champion. Well, what does it take to earn the AKC field champion or FC title? When you get looking at brittany pedigrees you will start to notice some funny abbreviations attached to registered names. Titles like CH – Champion, FC – Field Champion, DC – Dual Champion, AFC – Amateur Field Champion are the most common. Many brittany owners are happy to own a well-trained hunting dog and to be able to load up and go hunting every weekend. Other brittany owners want to compete against other dogs and see who has the best bird dog or pointing dog. There are competions for testing hunting skills in the form of AKC Hunt Tests and fun hunts. And there are field trial competitions which last a little longer and test a dogs endurance and bird finding ability in larger spaces.

Rescue an American Brittany

January 15th, 2010 No comments

Male French Brittany Puppy

Everyday it seems we hear about dogs that need rescuing. As dog owners, we already have that sensitive place in our hearts for man’s best friend. After all, we probably spend more time around them than anybody else. Most of us would say that our dogs are spoiled rotten, that they have lives we could only dream of. But a lot of dogs don’t. That’s where organizations such as the Illinois Birddog Rescue (IBR) step in.

IBR is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit organization and licensed shelter by the Illinois Department of Agriculture. They are dedicated to saving, transporting, vetting, fostering, and adopting homeless American field-bred pointers and English setters. Since October 2000, IBR has saved 786 dogs and puppies from all over the U.S. from overcrowded shelters and humane societies. The dogs live in foster homes to receive the attention and socialization they have been deprived of. They are taken to the veterinarian for an exam, and many need special drugs or surgeries due to negligence and tick-borne illnesses. And of course, they are taken out to the field to do what they were bred to do — hunt.

This is from a pass-along article from this months issue of The Pointing Dog Journal. To get a FREE no obligation trial issue click here. PDJ is the best hunting dog magazine published.

To see brittany dogs and puppies available for adoption please visit the American Brittany Rescue website.

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2010 American Brittany Club Western Futurity

January 12th, 2010 No comments

2010 Futurities Intermediate Male

Had a great time today running down for a few days to Sonoita, AZ to watch the 2010 American Brittany Club Western Futurity. I met some really nice brittany owners and made some great new friends. The picture above is the intermediate male winners. To see all the official results click over to the American Brittany Club website.

2010 Western Futurities Best of Opposite Sex

My favorite dog at the show was a beautiful tri-color female SHADOW’S TEQUILA TRYST owned by Jessica Carlson. Tristyn ended up winning the Best Opposite Sex & 1st Money Female and was a shining star among an exciting group of wonderful young brittanies. On the field trial portion of the futurity Paul Doiron cleaned house winning both the All Age with Midas Smoke’s a Blazin’ a fine puppy from the late Dale Shores. Paul also won the Gun Dog with Mikey’s Spice Girl owned by Jerry & Carolyn Cape. Picking up a fourth place in the all age was enough for Tristyn to take the coveted dual award. Congrats to Jessica Carlson of Alar Brittanies for all her hard work.

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Update from Utah Puppy

January 4th, 2010 No comments

Bella 11 weeks Christmas

I got an email update this week from Mike regarding his Bella puppy. He has been reading the book “Bird Dog” by Ben O. Williams that I sent home with him when he picked up the puppy. Mike reports that Bella is adjusting well and is turning out to be quite the little firecracker. She is full of energy and loves to get outside and run. Mike can’t wait for the snow to melt so they can get serious about bird dog training. Bella is pictured below locked up on a point while Mike was working her with the wing and a string. It is amazing how deeply engrained the pointing instinct is with these young brittany puppies. Bella should be a fine hunting dog come next fall when she can really get after some birds.

Bella 11 weeks Pointing

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