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 scheduled for 2016. Another English setter litter is being planned and will be posted when details are finalized.
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 was bred in early December 2015 and should whelp in early February 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 is expected to be bred in late winter 2016. Puppies are $1,295.
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.
CH True Confidence x Northwoods Platinum Pedigree
True Confidence might be the nicest pointer male Jerry has ever known. Since Confidence was a puppy, Jerry has been able to observe and evaluate because Confidence is owned by Frank LaNasa, Jerry’s partner in their prairie training camp. Frank is an extremely successful amateur horseback handler and has won multiple championships with Confidence on prairie birds. Confidence is a 50-lb., gorgeously sculpted dog with a square head. He is easy handling and moves with a powerful, effortless gait. Not only does he find lots of birds but he’s as honest as they come. He is lofty in motion as well as on point. Jerry has seen several of his Confidence’s progeny and he does pass along those outstanding instincts and qualities.
Northwoods Platinum is an attractive, 44 lb., orange-and-white female with an even mask and dark eyes and nose. She is intelligent and has an eager, want-to-please attitude and a kind demeanor. Platinum is very natural around game—pointing woodcock and grouse when she was six months old and, this season, pointing bobwhite quail and sharp-tailed grouse. She is stylish and easy gaited in motion; lofty and composed on point. Plus she is easy to handle and a natural, soft-mouthed retriever. She reflects not only her Elhew heritage in looks and ability but the personality and vitality of her dam.
Platinum is expected to be bred in spring 2016. Puppies are $1,295.
Northwoods Blue Ox x Northwoods Bismuth Pedigree
This will be the only litter by Ox in 2016. He is a proven sire of wild bird dogs that have his strong drive to find game and are yet are easy to handle. This will be Bismuth’s first litter.
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. Importantly, Ox has produced remarkable offspring including sons Northwoods Grits and Northwoods Parmigiano, sires for the next generation. For full details about Ox, 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 and woodcock this summer. 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 is expected to be bred in spring 2016. The entire litter is reserved.