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 2015.
Northwoods Parmigiano x Northwoods Rum Rickey Pedigree
This is a repeat breeding of two outstanding young dogs. The puppies from the 2014 litter show tremendous hunting and pointing instincts. They were all blocky and good-sized puppies; as adults, the females will be in the mid 40-lb. range and the male in the mid 50s.
Northwoods Parmigiano (Sean) is a 48-lb., tri-color with a solid head. He is compact, medium legged and strong. Sean is a “10” in motion with his lofty style and driving, effortless gait. His posture and intensity on point is electric and he will have the bird accurately located. He is a bold, tough dog in the field but has a kind disposition. He has pointed wild birds on the prairie, in the grouse woods and in the piney woods of Georgia. He is a natural backer and a soft-mouthed retriever.
As a derby-aged dog, Sean won derby and shooting dog stakes in the grouse woods. He’s also placed in horseback trials and shooting dog grouse stakes. Sean is owned by Paul Hauge.
Northwoods Rum Rickey is an athletic, 37-lb. dog with a square head and lightly ticked body. Rickey exudes the calm, affectionate disposition of her sire Blue Shaquille. Like all the breeding dogs of Northwoods Bird Dogs, she is hunted and has proven to be a strong bird finder that naturally backs. Rickey has a beautiful, easy gait and is a close-working, easy-to-handle dog. The intensity she exhibits—whether pointing or backing—is uncommon. And when she points, the bird is right where she says.
Rickey is due to be bred summer of 2015. Puppies are $1,295.
CH Rock Acre Blackhawk x Northwoods Vixen Pedigree
Northwoods Bird Dogs is excited about the opportunity to go to Blackhawk, an outstanding pointer of years past, and grateful to Sunnyhill Farm in Tallahassee, owner of Blackhawk’s frozen semen. This is Vixen’s second litter—her first by CH Elhew G Force produced outstanding grouse dogs.
CH Rock Acre Blackhawk was a well-conformed, medium-sized, nicely marked male. He is still one of the best producing sires in pointer history. No matter what female bred to, he has the ability to improve the progeny, especially when bred to Elhew lines. Blackhawk produces naturally talented wild bird dogs with eye-appealing style. Pups that been given opportunity in field trials have won at every level of competition.
Northwoods Vixen is a leggy, 40-lb. dog with the sort of intelligence that’s readily apparent in her eyes. Her coloration is black/orange with a dark nose. She has an even mask and her body is pure white. Vixen is a dream to have in the house and gets along well with any dog. She is hard-hunting and handles easily, backs naturally and retrieves. She is beautiful to watch in the fields and woods—whether in motion or on point, intense and stylish. She has pointed wild birds from northern Minnesota to southern Georgia. Vixen is out of CH Westfall’s Black Ice x Northwoods Prancer, a stellar, all-female litter whether outside as wild bird dogs or inside the house. For full details about Vixen, please view Current Generation Females.
Vixen whelped five females and four males on March 22. All puppies are reserved.
Northwoods Blue Ox x Northwoods Chablis Pedigree
This breeding will be the fourth time—with good reason—Betsy and Jerry have paired Ox and Chablis. This is a true “nick.” Puppies from the 2011 litter are now proven grouse dogs and two subsequent litters have produced outstanding bird dogs. All inherited the happy, sweet nature of both parents.
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 and has been hunted on ruffed grouse, woodcock, sharp-tailed grouse, pheasants, Mearns quail and bobwhite quail. Ox has a great disposition—calm, sweet and easy-going. He has been a key dog in the grouse guiding string since the age of two. He has produced remarkable offspring including his sons Northwoods Grits and Northwoods Parmigiano who look to be sires for the next generation. For full details about Ox, please view Current Generation Males.
Northwoods Chablis weighs 38 lbs. and has a mostly white body with a spot at the base of her tail. She has dark, lively eyes and an attractive marking by her right eye. Chablis is owned by a client of Northwoods Bird Dogs who proclaims she is one of his best on ruffed grouse and woodcock. Chablis was early-maturing; she found and handled many grouse her first season. She hunts hard, handles and is staunch. Chablis is line bred to Houston and inherited his intense style and loftiness on point. For full details about Chablis, please view Current Generation Females.
Chablis whelped three females and four males on March 25. All puppies are reserved.
Northwoods Grits x Northwoods Carly Simon Pedigree
The litter pairs two of the best setter lines of Northwoods Bird Dogs. Grits is out of Northwoods Blue Ox x Northwoods Chablis (see above) and Carly is a daughter of famed Blue Shaquille x Houston’s Belle’s Choice. Both Grits and Carly are three years old and proven wild bird dogs.
Northwoods Grits is already a tremendous young grouse dog with the potential to be as good as any in their string, including Blue Chief, Blue Shaquille and Northwoods Blue Ox. He has a handsome, blocky, evenly masked head and weighs 50 lbs. Grits 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 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, even-masked head. Carly is a strong bird finder, whether in the grouse woods of Minnesota, the Georgia piney woods or on the North Dakota prairie. She is a dream to handle and carries her tail high and straight whether hunting or pointing. She has a sweet disposition and gets along well with other dogs and people. At three years of age, she has become a go-to dog in the grouse guiding string. For full details about Carly, please view Current Generation Females.
Carly whelped five females and three males on March 15. All puppies are reserved.