Puppies for Sale

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 whelped in late 2016 and 2017. Details about 2018 litters will be posted in late autumn.

Northwoods Grits x Northwoods Bismuth   Pedigree

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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 Bismuth is a beautiful, evenly masked tri-color that weighs 39 lbs. She is a leggy dog with a smooth gait. She is always hunting for birds and has pointed her share of wild quail in Georgia and sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse and woodcock this past fall. Bismuth is easy to handle and hunts at a moderate range. Four generations of her pedigree are filled with outstanding grouse dogs including Blue Chief, Blue Shaquille and Blue Streak, representing some of the best of the Northwoods’ setter line.

Bismuth whelped four females and four males on April 3, 2017. 

Northwoods Grits x Northwoods Nickel   Pedigree

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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 whelped three females and four males on May 1, 2017. 

Northwoods Nirvana x Northwoods Carbon   Pedigree


Northwoods Nirvana is a dog that truly has it all—excellent conformation, style on point and the characteristic, long, easy gait of the Houston dogs. Plus he has an easy disposition and is just nice to be around. Nirvana has quite a pedigree. He is line bred to Houston through his dam Northwoods Chardonnay (Blue Shaquille x Houston’s Belle’s Choice) and sire CH Houston’s Blackjack (CH Can’t Go Wrong x CH Houston’s Belle).

Even though Nirvana was bred by Northwoods Bird Dogs, Frank LaNasa bought him as a young dog and groomed him for field trial competition. Frank handled him to several placements including RU-CH at the 2016 National Amateur Prairie Chicken Championship. In a co-ownership agreement, Paul Hauge and Northwoods Bird Dogs bought Nirvana back.

Now at just five years of age, Pete is himself a noted sire. He has been bred to about 12 females and produced 11 winners so far.

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 seven females and one male on May 12, 2017. 

RU-CH Erin’s Prometheus x Northwoods Carly Simon   Pedigree

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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 six males on November 26, 2016.

Blue Riptide x Northwoods Chablis   Pedigree

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Blue Riptide is an exceptional son of Blue Chief x Blue Blossom. He is a 52-lb, leggy, striking tri-color with an excellent disposition. Like his sire, he naturally points, backs and retrieves. Riptide has had countless wild birds shot over his points and is a favored family pet as well. His first two litters produced excellent, natural grouse dogs with dispositions to die for. In fact, Betsy and Jerry kept two daughters by Northwoods Carly Simon, Bizmuth and Carbon, and are breeding them.

Northwoods Chablis weighs 38 lbs. and has dark, lively eyes and an attractive marking by her right eye. Chablis was early-maturing; she found and handled many ruffed grouse her first season. She hunts hard, handles and is staunch. For full details about Chablis, please visit Current Generation Females.

Chablis whelped four males and one female on January 9, 2017.

Puppy Slideshow:

We can’t say enough about how much joy Timber has brought into our lives. His first hunting season was filled with great experiences—his “million-dollar points” took my breath away! He is definitely on his way to being the dog of a lifetime. Thanks for helping to make it possible! Quotes End
~ Keith
Pointer, CH Elhew G Force x Northwoods Prancer

Lucy……. everybody loves Lucy! I am serious. I don’t know what she has got but you can’t help but smile every time you watch her. She is so calm and nice when you stop and pet her…..she just soaks it up…..but take her out side and she is all systems go! I could not be any happier! Thank you for all your help and another wonderful dog. Quotes End
~ Mike
Setter, CH Shadow Oak Bo x Northwoods Chardonnay

I can’t believe I got one of your dogs. Quotes End
~ Jeff
Setter, Northwoods Grits x Houston's Belle's Choice

Never took a shot all day. Last 45 minutes, took Buddy out just trying to see if I can get him to move with me and respond to the collar. Shot 4 birds over him. He looked at me with, “Hey, I was born for this.” Quotes End
~ Joe
Pointer, CH Elhew G Force x Northwoods Vixen

Daisy put on a world-class performance tonight—best hunt of the year. In an hour and a half she had 9 finds which included 16 birds. She worked the running groups like a master. This was all with NO WIND, dead air. What a night.....and I did not have to say a word to her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Quotes End
~ Bill
Setter, Blue Chief x Blue Blossom

First and foremost, on behalf of our entire family, thank you very, very much for the wonderful experience throughout the whole process of us acquiring a puppy from Northwoods Bird Dogs. It is obvious you are both very knowledgeable and committed to raising and training quality dogs, and we’re happy to be recipients of that. When we left your place on Friday, we all agreed that we got the best one and she was meant to be for our family!! EVERYBODY LOVES HER SO MUCH!!! Quotes End
~ Gregg
Setter, CH Ridge Creed Cody x Northwoods Chardonnay

When I think about all of the hunting I have done with Izzie this first year, I think what I like best is her adaptive nature. I have hunted her in the woods in MN and WI, on all the desert birds in AZ and have run her off horseback. In each case she quickly and naturally figures out where to be and what to do. Loads of style, quick learner, so much natural ability, great instincts and pleasant to be around. Thanks again and keep breeding pointers with these qualities. Quotes End
~ Jeff
Pointer, CH Westfall's Black Ice x Northwoods Prancer

Thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity to own one of your fine bird dogs. I’ve had the pleasure of hunting over a number of dogs in my lifetime. Zada has drive and intelligence, a rare combination in a young bird dog. Quotes End
~ Tom
Setter, CH Ridge Creek Cody x Northwoods Chardonnay

Roxy has been an outstanding addition to our family. She is full of life and our children absolutely love her. Quotes End
~ Joe
Setter, Northwoods Grits x Houston's Belle's Choice

Piper (who we always knew was a kind of an eerie bird savant) has become even more so. She pointed (on the clock) at 7 seconds out, and I said, "That's my Piper." She continues to be a delight, and the most amazing dog I've ever seen as she pairs incredible drive with critical thinking and the world's sweetest temperament. Thanks again for all your remarkable work which gave me such a wonderful friend. Quotes End
~ Roberta
Setter, Blue Riptide x Blue Ghost

Duke has had a fantastic season with several points, but this one tonight on a woodcock is about as "classic" as they get! He pointed 19 woodcock this evening and a ruff. At this point in the season he has pointed sharptails, huns, ruffs, woodcock, and pheasants; and he's backed on all of these as well as sage grouse! Still looks at me when I miss though... Quotes End
~ Tom
Setter, Blue Shaquille x Houston's Belle's Choice

Took the dogs out on a morning woodcock hunt on Sunday. It was a memorable day. Each dog had some pointed birds and each dog had retrieved birds. Could not ask for anything more. Quotes End
~ Mark
Three Pointers, CH Elhew G Force x Northwoods Prancer, CH Westfall’s Black Ice x Nothwoods Prancer, Dashaway x Fallset Fate

So proud of Finn for a 9-month-old pup! On one bird he locked up 70 yards in front of me and held 5 minutes or more until I busted through a bog to get to him and flush the bird. And then, he won’t even give me time to praise him afterwards – he retrieves and then takes off looking for more! Feeling pretty fortunate to have one of your dogs – especially from Oscar. Quotes End
~ Todd
Setter, Northwoods Blue Ox x Northwoods Chablis

I thought I would drop you a line to let you know Frisco is loving her new job…hunting. She naturally loves retrieving and the size of a pheasant is no problem. Other hunters are very pleased as well as us with her disposition; she is so pleasant and well mannered. Frisco listens well and doesn’t go hunting off on her own. She also gets along with other hunters’ dogs. Quotes End
~ Rick
Setter, Blue Riptide x Northwoods Carly Simon

Wanted to let you know that Hartley, Lacey and I are still having loads of fun together! He’s a fantastic dog and we can’t commend you both enough on your dogs and breeding program. Quotes End
~ Nick
Setter, Northwoods Grits x Houston's Belle's Choice