About us and our philosophy
Our kennel philosophy has been heavily influenced by our agricultural background. We have learned that the backbone of the livestock industry is the females. Beef Cows raise the calves, Dairy Cows make the milk, and Sows raise the piglets. At HHF Gundogs we have translated that to our dogs. Our females are not just here for breeding. We train, hunt, and test our females. We do this so we have a better idea of what traits are being passed down to the litters. Genetically a pup is 50% sire and 50% dam making both parents equally important. And if the pup spends more time with the Dam, from conception to at least 10 weeks old, than that will tip the scales to the Dam being the more important part of the pup’s development.
Another influence we have from the livestock industry is why we choose to keep a limited number of males. Breeding two dogs simply because you own them and love both dogs is not always the best practice. The 2 dogs need to complement each other with their physical, mental, and performance traits. That is why we are not afraid to spend the time and money to go outside of our kennel to find the best pairing we can. It is not a cheap or easy endeavor to simply load a dog a drive across country and coordinate dogs, owners, hotels, and veterinarians but we feel we give our dogs the best opportunity to produce the best litters they can.
At HHF Gundogs we keep pups out of every litter. We do this for several reasons. First so we can evaluate with our eyes what we have produced to gauge the strengths and weakness of the offspring. We also do this because we can help our clients better with their own dogs. It is not a matter of “if” but “when” you will have setbacks or issues with a dog in training, so when we are experiencing the same or similar issues, we can work thru the problem with our clients with first hand knowledge of what is going on. Keeping back dogs also helps us build our kennel from with-in. A breeding program is like a lump of clay that we are molding and shaping and adding to and subtracting from. By mainly replacing from within we can retain a large part of the “clay” instead of starting over each time.
This is a lot to take in, but we have put a lot of thought and effort into our kennel and our breeding program, and we continue to learn and mold and shape what we have. We are not doing this to create the perfect dog, creating the perfect dog is a fool’s errand. We are doing this to create a line of solid dogs that are a pleasure to have in a home and a joy to hunt behind.
Hunting Dog vs Field Trial Dog
"I don't want a field trial dog, just a hunting dog." This is a common statement with hunting dog owners, and honestly, it is where we started as well. However we have found that these trials and tests and competitions provide us (the breeder) and you (the future puppy owner) with valuable information. We put our dogs up for evaluation by outside, reputable judges and organizations so that we can give you the best overall picture of our dogs, especially if you are unable to come see us in person. This helps us evaluate our own dogs better for the confirmation, hunting ability, and personality so that we can give you a better dog. We use all of this information to improve our breeding program which improves our genetics which also makes a better dog.