Breeding good bird dogs is an art requiring vision and knowledge as well as a little good luck. Anyone can breed a litter but few do it well. Piney Run Kennel strives to do it well. Our pups come from field trial lines and we average one to two litters a year. We try to keep at least one pup from each litter to start in training so we have hands-on knowledge of the pups we are producing. At this point, most of our litters go back three, four or five generations to dogs we have raised and trained.
Our dogs have won and placed in all-age championships including the Brittany National Open and National Amateur Championships and one has won the 2018 and 2019 Purina All Age Brittany of the Year Award. Some have won gun dog championships including the 2016 AKC Pointing Breed Gun Dog Championship and have placements in the Brittany National Open and Amateur Gun Dog Championships. Others have made great hunting dogs for serious bird hunters and plantations.
Piney Run litters go through our Head Start Puppy Program and we believe our program gives our pups a head start as future bird dogs. Our Program begins on Day 3 of a pup’s life and continues until the pup leaves our kennel. On Day 3 pups are gently handled through a series of short daily exercises until Day 16. These exercises aid in brain development. During the next two weeks, eyes and ears open as pups begin to socializing with each other. By four weeks pups are removed from the whelping box daily to play with toys in the puppy room. They are getting their teeth and ready to eat a mush made from the same food the momma dog eats. At six weeks pups are vet checked and moved to indoor/outdoor kennels with a kennel yard. Momma dog visits them twice a day as the weaning process begins and she no longer stays with them at night. As pups become confident running in the yard, a dead pigeon is introduced. At seven weeks pups ride in crates to the training field and are introduced to the stakeout chain. Here they learn patience. Most pups will fight being restrained but they quickly settle down. As a reward they are turned loose and get to catch a couple of clip-winged quail. Also at seven weeks we begin clicker training . Up to now pups have been daredevils without caution. During the eighth week they go through a fear period that lasts about a week where their brains tell them to be cautious. During this period we continue clicker training as well as low stress activities. By nine weeks most are back to being bold but with a bit more caution. They receive their nine weeks vaccinations and are ready to go for short walks to the pond. And more importantly they are ready to start going to their new homes!
Our pups are $1000 and a $100 deposit is required. The deposit is refundable until pups are on the ground or if the female whelps and we do not have a pup for you. Our litters are AKC and FDSB registered and some are Futurity nominated. Health and OFA are guaranteed. Please click here to read our guarantees. If your pup needs to be shipped, we will work with you to find the best way to transport him or her. We fly pups out of Raleigh, NC, or can have them delivered to you by a commercial dog hauler. Your shipping expenses will average between $275 and $375. You will also be responsible for a health certificate and airline crate but we will work hard to keep your expenses down.
For information on specific litters, please contact Martha at email@example.com or call her at 434-774-2763.