Northwoods Bird Dogs is now producing the seventh generation of English setters and fifth generation of pointers. Jerry and Betsy are committed to producing top quality dogs from the best dams and sires in the country. They strive for puppies that have it all—excellent physical conformation, superior instincts, intelligence and wonderful dispositions. With proper environment and training, their puppies will mature into outstanding dogs, whether in the woods, fields or in the home.
A limited number of litters is planned each year. Some puppies are available for sale while others will be owned and trained by Northwoods Bird Dogs.
Listed below are litters planned for 2016.
Northwoods Grits x Northwoods Nickel Pedigree
This will be the first litter by Nickel, an outstanding young female loaded with potential, while Grits is a proven grouse dog. He has been bred several times—always producing pups with his bird-finding ability and calm demeanor.
Northwoods Grits is a tremendous grouse dog, adding his name to among the best in the history of the Northwoods string. Grits has a handsome, blocky, evenly masked head and weighs 50 lbs. He has an excellent nose and a strong, powerful stride with an eye-appealing way of going. He has the ultimate disposition—calm, quiet and a want-to-please attitude. For full details about Grits, please view Current Generation Males.
Northwoods Nickel is a tremendous young bird dog with beautiful conformation, inheriting the best from sire Shadow Oak Bo and dam Northwoods Chardonnay. She is a leggy, 42 lbs. and has a long, easy stride. Nickel has a sweet disposition and an exceptionally calm and inquisitive demeanor. She displayed a natural inclination to point, back and retrieve at a young age. Nickel is a strong bird finder and has pointed many grouse, woodcock and bobwhite quail. She hunts at a medium range, handles easily and is a good warm-weather dog.
Nickel will be bred in spring 2016. The entire litter is reserved.
CH Elhew G Force x Northwoods Vixen Pedigree
This is a repeat of the outstanding 2013 breeding that produced two males and seven females. Jerry and Betsy trained most of that litter and so were able to evaluate them thoroughly. The progeny had looks, temperament and natural ability and were very easy to train. All became great wild bird dogs.
Elhew G Force is a handsome, liver-and-white male. He has a kind disposition and gets along well with other dogs whether males or females and comes in owner’s Tim Moore’s house every night. This precocious dog was started by trainer Harold Ray and won his first championship on wild quail while still a derby. Force has since performed consistently and won frequently whether handled by Tim or professional Doug Ray. Force is out of CH Elhew Fibber McGee x Magic Carpet, a phenomenally successful breeding.
Northwoods Vixen is a beautiful pointer with black/orange coloration and excellent conformation. She has an even mask, a dark nose and sharp brown eyes that miss nothing. Vixen is a dream to have in the house and gets along well with any dog. She is hard-hunting, handles easily, backs naturally and retrieves. She is beautiful to watch—always stylish whether in motion or on point. Vixen is a proven dam—this is her third litter and her second by Force. Her puppies inherit her intelligence, her playful personality, excellent instincts and a strong natural tendency to point wild birds. For full details about Vixen, please view Current Generation Females.
Vixen was bred in late March and should whelp in late May. Puppies are $1,295.
Northwoods Blue Ox x Northwoods Troy McClure Pedigree
Northwoods Blue Ox is a powerfully built, 50-lb. dog with a strong gait. He has tremendous endurance and is a good warm-weather dog. Ox is fast and hunts hard but will adapt to the cover and handle to the hunter. He is accurate and intense on point, backs and naturally retrieves. He is a strong bird finder with an exceptional nose. Ox has a great disposition—calm, sweet and easy-going. He has been a key dog in the grouse guiding string for the past seven year and has never missed a day of hunting due to injury or disease. For full details about Ox, please view Current Generation Males.
Northwoods Troy McClure is a beautifully made, evenly masked, tricolor that weights 38 lbs. Like her siblings out of Blue Shaquille and Houston’s Belle’s Choice, McClure is a natural when it comes to finding and pointing ruffed grouse. She pointed more than her share during her first season and continued to do so in training. She is naturally staunch on point and backs. McClure is owned by a client and lives in the house with two other dogs. She has a wonderful disposition and gets along well with everyone.
McClure was bred in March 2016. The entire litter is reserved.
Sunny Hill Sam x Northwoods Carly Simon Pedigree
A rarity on a southern quail plantation with more than 30 pointers, Sam, an English setter, is one of the top dogs at Sunny Hill. Jerry discovered Sam while guiding a client at Sunny Hill and was impressed not only with Sam’s ability in the field but with his disposition around the kennel. Jerry and Betsy decided to breed Sam to one of their top females.
Sunny Hill Sam is a handsome, 48-lb., orange-and-white dog with dark eyes and nose. He is beautiful on point and in motion and naturally backs. Another attribute is his tremendous heat tolerance. Sam has a gentle demeanor and around the kennel, he is exceptionally calm and quiet. His pedigree is filled with proven producers that have been field trial champions or been extensively hunted.
Northwoods Carly Simon displays ideal conformation for a setter female—squarely built and leggy—and moves with a fluid, easy gait. She weighs 39 lbs. and has a beautiful, evenly masked head. No matter the state or bird, Carly is a strong bird finder. She is a dream to handle and carries her tail high and straight whether hunting or pointing. Her two previous litters have produced exceptional dogs including daughters Carbon and Bismuth. Carly’s puppies inherit her sweet disposition, attractive looks, bird finding and poise in the woods. For full details about Carly, please view Current Generation Females.
Carly whelped two females and seven males on February 8, 2016. The entire litter is reserved.
National Champion Shadow Oak Bo x Northwoods Carbon Pedigree
Shadow Oak Bo won the prestigious National Championship back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. He was the first setter to win the trial in 43 years. Bo accomplished these feats using his outstanding stamina and uncommon ability to find and point birds. Bo is a handsome orange-and-white setter with a calm and intelligent disposition that weighs about 52 lbs. The previous litter by Bo produced easy handling, natural bird dogs with great physical conformation and calm dispositions.
Northwoods Carbon weighs 35 lbs. and is heavily ticked with a solid tri-color head. She is super classy in motion with tremendous prey drive and intensity when on point. She matured early—pointing wild quail in Georgia at five months of age and had grouse and woodcock killed over her points by 15 months. When Carbon is turned loose, she is focused on one thing—finding birds. In that way, she is reminiscent of her great-grand-dam CH Blue Streak. Also like Streak, her somewhat smaller stature belies a big heart and fierce desire.
Carbon whelped six females and three males on January 26, 2016. The entire litter is reserved.