Where It Began . . .
I have bred, raised and trained pointing dogs since the early ‘80’s. I always relished the thought of having a wonderful partner to spend fall days with. I didn’t want to have to be constantly getting after him. I wanted him to do the job he was trained for, both willingly, and with style. It seemed I could get some parts of the complete dog, but was always short, somehow.
I wondered if I would ever have a dog that had it all . . . then Duke came along.
I brought him home in September of ’07, and the journey from there has been wonderful. At every turn Duke has been willing, and able, to do the task, whatever and wherever. On top of that, he is an absolutely beautiful representation of the breed. I chose to challenge him with the toughest scenarios a hunting dog might find in the field. He has hunted pheasant, quail, prairie chicken, chukar and grouse across the Midwest and the Pacific Northwest, in all sorts of conditions, and has yet to fail in figuring out how to find and hold his prey. He put game in the pouch!!
Only after this experience did I decide to build a breeding program around Duke. It was a challenge to find the same qualities in a female. All of the females I have purchased and bred to Duke come from the Midwest and Southwest. I don’t care how far away they are – just how good they are.
Duke’s first litter was with “Fancy,” a direct daughter of CH Havelock Blacksmith, and produced eight outstanding individuals. Born in August of 2011, they have settled in as great hunters and family members. Fancy was eight years of age and had done enough breeding. I placed her with a retired gentleman with whom to run in the woods finding grouse . . .
DUKE & FANCY GET:
Then came Belle . . . from Kansas
She, too, was a female good enough for Duke. “Dickie’s Belle” is beautiful, smart and willing. Her breeding compliments Duke’s very well, tracing back to CH Destinaire & CH Havelock Blacksmith.
Duke’s first litter with Belle was in August of 2012, and those pups showed incredible boldness and smarts. Affectionate and correct images of the breed, they boasted great heads and high, spirited tails. The second litter came in March of 2013, and had three paid reservations. The third litter was gone on delivery. All three litters were literally indistinguishable from each other.
Belle was leased to the gentleman that bred Duke to breed to his young stud dog. They produced a litter of three handsome male pups. All found great hunting homes and confirmed that Belle is a great producer, as the sire of these pups is quite unrelated to Duke.
Then came Annie . . . from Arizona
Suncanyon Shadow Time is a direct daughter of Two-Time National Champion “Shadow Oak Bo.” He is the first Setter to win the National in 43 years. He is a mile post in our breed. Her dam is a direct daughter of CH Grid Iron, a prominent sire of female producers. Annie herself is a typical loving setter bitch. She is, however, not a frail little girl – she is built for performance. Her first litter with Duke was sold out at three weeks of age, as was the second. They went as far away as Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Pennsylvania. Duke again provided an extremely uniform group of pups, both in attitude and physical conformation. This cross is one of the foundations of High Tailin’ It Setters going forward.
Then came Sally . . . from Indiana
Hightailinit Mustang Sally came from Indiana. She is a beautiful and very correct presentation of today’s English Setter female. Her bloodlines follow along those of Annie, in that she is a granddaughter of Shadow Oak Bo, and a double granddaughter of Grid Iron. Her blood compliments in a different way than that of Annie. Sally whelped her first litter of six by Duke in January of 2015. Three were reserved prior to birth, and this litter also sold out at three weeks.
This is Hightailinit Rhapsody (“Sadie”). She is by Duke and out of Belle. She is the “second generation” of my breeding program. As you can see, there is focus and beauty in this wonderful girl. She was bred to Two-Time National Champion “Shadow Oak Bo” for a 2015 litter. Expected to be an outstanding cross, there were six paid reservations before she was even bred to Bo. Unfortunately, the timing of frozen semen did not allow that litter to be, but I am doing the same thing for a January 2016 litter.