I have been an avid hunter in the Northwest area my whole life it seems, and in those 40+ years of hunting I have had some opportunities that other people may not have had. From the hunts with my father, family, and friends to the dogs that I was allowed to hunt over. I have seen many breeds and cross breeds from some that you really never wanted to hunt over again to ones that you wished were yours.
Just as I graduated high school, I was offered another great opportunity to go work at a dog trials training farm in ID. I never said that I took advantage of every opportunity for I was courting a young lady at that time who has been my wife and partner in life for the last 28 years. The same person that had approached me with the trainers apprentice position had been my father’s best friend since childhood and a regular hunting companion to us both. On our trips I would care for the dogs. His dog was a dual champion Brittney that was one of the finest field dogs that I had ever hunted over and when the owner (Max) noticed the attention that I took in caring for the dog he offered me a pup from the next litter sired by Pinto.
I should mention that I was also the one mixing drinks that night and my father still to this day accuses me of giving Max doubles – but back to the story – I received the pup and adored her abilities and her personality. From that time on I was a huge fan of the spaniel as a breed.
Many years later and after changes in my type of hunting to waterfowl and bow hunting I found myself looking to a spaniel again that could meet my wide variety of demands from icy waters to blood trailing and shed hunting. While watching dog shows with my daughters and thumbing through a dog book looking at breeds I stumbled across a picture of a Wachtelhund that caught my eye, and after reading the description and the capabilities of the breed I figured that I better look into this dog a bit further.
So from 1998 to 2000 I really researched whatever I could get my hands on this breed and spoke with a breeder, but it just wasn’t the right time yet. In 2007 it was time and thankfully I came across the line that I was looking for when I purchased Jade.
Now it is my commitment to offer you the best of this breed. A breed that shares a history like mine of passion for the hunt, with a drive like you will not believe and a personality that truly takes them beyond a hunting dog to the hunting companion that will create stories of a lifetime.
Blue Moon Wachtelhunds