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Spin Top Kennel - Alabama American Brittany, Boykin Spaniel, English Setter, German Shorthaired Pointer Breeders

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About Spin Top Kennel

** I DO NOT have birds for sale**

****PUPPIES*** If you would like to reserve a puppy PLEASE send an email directily to or call 256-232-9142 IF you have already reserved a puppy I will get that puppy for you ASAP**

German Shorthaired Pointers, Brittanys and BOYKINS (my "little brown dogs.) I occasionally have pups or possibly some on the way...and occasionally I will have started dogs. Multiple references with names and numbers are in the field!

**My dogs are bred to hunt but also make GREAT family pets and great pal-around companions. References are available**

** The dogs are pictured on this site with the PEDIGREES! **

German Shorthaired Pointers: I have female pups that can leave Oct. 14th, Oct. 21st and Oct. 28th. The pups will cost $700.

A deposit of $100 IS REQUIRED for GSPs and Brittanys; a $200 deposit for boykins . The pups will be ready to leave at 6 weeks old and will have registration paper, micro-chipped, vaccinated, de-wormed regularly, tails and dew-claws docked. They will be weaned and eating DRY Purina Puppy Chow and ready to leave at 6-weeks old. I can forward more emails and pictures from satisfied owners than you will care to see or read. And there are comments on this site about many of the pups and dogs that have come from my kennel. I truly do appreciate those comments. These pups will make WONDERFUL family companions as well as NICE birddogs in the field and water. My pups go to people that use them for a variety of things; strictly for hiking-jogging-cycling companion-pets, for hunting quail, pheasants, dove, ducks/geese, blood trailing to locate deer, for antler sheds, for drug and explosives detection, and who knows what else. They are truly VERSATILE dogs. ALL of my pups come with FULL-UNLIMITED REGISTRATION. When I sell a puppy I sell ALL-OF-IT. And, I sell to people that keep them inside the house our OUTSIDE in kennels. The buyer IS the owner and where the buyers keep their pups is THEIR BUSINESS!! Who would BUY a puppy and not love and care for it?

PLEASE SEND E-MAIL DIRECTLY TO: or call:256-232-9142

Boykin Spaniels: If things go well, I will have a litter of pups ready to leave during Christmas.

My boykin stud Roux is available for stud services. He is OFA Clear --Price $600 .... He is pictured with the pedigrees on this site. He turns 'em out that make a SPLASH!!! His pups perform well on both land and water.

Brittanys: No pups at this time.

I have MULTIPLE references and past litter pictures from most of my crosses. If you are interested please E-MAIL directly to: or call 256-232-9142. (Athens, AL) If no answer please leave a message...I WILL return your call or email.

***All of my dogs/pups come with either AKC, CKC, BSS, or FDSB registration paper, micro-chip, tails and dew-claws docked, vaccinated and dewormed regularly. The PEDIGREES are listed on this site.***

The deposit: It just causes so much trouble when someone actually DID NOT want a puppy..and others have been REJECTED. I TOTALLY understand that BAD things can happen, and I do not wish to sound mean....but ...Please KNOW if you DO or DO NOT want a puppy and if you want a MALE or a FEMALE....please???? And, please reach down deep and find the GUTS to tell me if you have backed-out from buying a puppy. That does not take much effort.

The picks are determined in the order that the names are received. I always send pictures of the pups for the buyer to view. Most buyers pick from the pictures, but it is just fine when it is your time to pick for you to come for a SCHEDULED visit to pick a puppy. 256-232-9142

If there is a need I will work with the buyer with getting the puppy to his or her home. I have great over-the-road contacts that can deliver your pup right to your home for a VERY REASONABLE fee.

** STUD SERVICES: $600 Check out the STUD DOG Pedigrees on this site...

German Shorthaired Pointers: Hank, Edge, Gunner and Lord are colored liver/roan/patched/ticked.

Brittany: (Ace- is colored liver/white)

Setter: (Sarge--Tri-colored black/white/tan)

Boykin Spaniel: Roux...of course a little brown dog...RICH liver-colored.


I think my puppy prices are very affordable for the caliber of puppy that you will be getting. You might find them cheaper....but cheaper is NOT ALWAYS better. And you might find them priced HIGHER that are not as good! That will be your choice. My Boykins cost $900, the brittanys are $600 and the GSPs are $700. I KNOW I could get MORE...but my prices are what I believe to be fair. Please let me know if I can help in ANY way with a puppy.

The Spin Top Kennel was inspected on August 20, 2015 by an inspector with The American Kennel Club. (And is ALWAYS opened and ready for an UNANNOUNCED AKC inspection.) My dogs were checked and scanned and the facilities and records were checked at detailed level. I am happy to say I DID NOT and have NEVER received ANY negative mark(s). The inspection record may be viewed at the kennel upon request by ANY buyer or potential buyer. I got such nice compliments about the condition of the pups, studs, females and about the facilities. The facilities are all "home-made" with labor and love. There is not one thing fancy here...EXCEPT the dogs! And YES my dogs live in the kennels with access to the run-yards. My females and pups live in the whelping-building. We just strive to run the kennel with integrity. Remember, please call ahead BEFORE you come to pick your puppy...with a smile! 256-232-9142

I SINCERELY THANK YOU for visiting this website and reading about my dogs. And MANY thanks to the HOST for this avenue of exposure. REMEMBER: send E-MAILS directly to

May GOD Bless...Keep... and Protect ...and May God CONTINUE TO BLESS AMERICA!

Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
American Brittany, Boykin Spaniel, English Setter, German Shorthaired Pointer
Additional Services
Hunting, Stud Services
Breeder Contact Info
David Holt
23724 Reunion Rd.
Athens, Alabama 35613
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 40 years.
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Submitted by: Nicolle Williamson on Jul 24, 2016
My son had asked for a "puppy with spots" for Christmas last minute last year and as a result of research and determination, we found Mr. David and Spintop Kennels. At the time he had one puppy left but felt like that was not the perfect fit. He worked with us to facilitate a puppy from his next litter and we picked up our liver and ticked boy GSP in February. He has been a perfect match for or us. The Vet praises his breeding and our boys keep him busy running the woods, pointing and even fishing. Mr. David really delivers on quality and personalization. We will definitely be back in touch soon for our next addition; once we get out of the puppy stage with this one. We would recommend Spintop Kennels to anyone interested in a quality hunting dog or family companion.
Submitted by: ron and felecia potts on Jul 14, 2016
We have had our little boykin from spintop kennels for about 3 years now. The initial transaction was superb. Our little girl is our princess-much to the real kids jealousy! She loves to hunt, retrieve tirelessly in and out of water. we have to just quit throwing to get her to quit retrieving. She loves running and quarters naturally. When she gets hot, she runs in one door strait to the back door and wait to be let into the pool area so she can go for a swim with her little docked tail looking like a rudder as she swims. She sleeps with us, goes on vacation with us, goes to work with us and loves us. We love her!
Submitted by: Zac Buckley on Jul 13, 2016
The GSP I bought from David is now 6.5 months old and I couldn't be happier. He is growing into an incredibly athletic dog that is instinctively pointing and stalking birds in my backyard with no training whatsoever. Can't wait to see what he will do once he gets some professional training. I'm trying not to get too excited about just how good I think he can be. Thanks a lot David. You've got a great thing going.
Submitted by: Justin Trice on Jun 29, 2016
Rocky is now 9 months old and my wife let me know if could get another one and I can't wait rocky is the best puppy I've ever been around so I know number 2 will bring us just that much more joy. Waiting for rocky's new friend thanks a million David and spin top kennels.
Submitted by: David and Keely Darnell on May 06, 2016
David and I could not be more pleased with our pup, Doc. He is a Boykin spaniel and is right at 12 weeks old. He is beautiful, obedient, and full of energy! He does GREAT with other people, children, and dogs.
Our experience with Spin Top Kennels was wonderful! David was quick to respond to our emails, and was a joy to work with during the entire process. He is kind, welcoming, and very generous. We are so thankful we've had the pleasure of working with him.
We will get all our dogs from Spin Top!
Submitted by: Justin Trice on Apr 06, 2016
Rocky will be 7 months old this month and is so smart and still wants to get out and work everyday... as soon as I can talk my wofe I to a second puppy I will be blowing David's email up. If you are on here considering a Spin Top puppy don't go any further just go ahead and get one from David it is way worth it and he is the most helpful person you will ever meet. THANKS DAVID
Submitted by: Emily Mena on Mar 27, 2016
David and Spin Top Kennel are the BEST! David is very personable and easy to work with. David was there for me through out the entire process. He is very knowledgeable about his puppies and you can tell he has a passion for people and puppies(even through email). I got my male liver roan GSP at 7 weeks from him in Feb. of 2016. At 7 wks he was already pointing and stalking. My puppy is so smart and loving. I recommend David and Spin Top to any and everyone! I've had many people ask me about my pup and I immediately lead people this way. You won't go wrong with chosing David and his kennel. When I get another pup... it will definitely be from here!
Submitted by: Austin Wilsford on Mar 22, 2016
I bought Abilene way back in 2013. She has been the best dog I could ask for. She is smart and I swear at times knows what I'm thinking without me having to say anything. I have never trained a dog to hunt, but Abilene does great regardless. I just use her for retrieving dove, but she is very excited the whole hunt but still obedient. Never chews a bird and only issue I have is her going to retrieve without a command but that all the owners fault for not working with her on it. I attribute all of this to this great blood line at spin top kennel!
Submitted by: Jones Family on Mar 12, 2016
A few days before Christmas we went and picked up our sweet Ollie from Spin Top. She is a liver and white Brittany. We immediately fell in love and have ever since. She is so smart and fast!!!! My boys adore her and can't wait to get home to her everyday. Mr. Holt is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and has everything ready for you when you get there. I highly recommend Spin Top Kennels!
Submitted by: Jeff Mockensturm on Feb 23, 2016
After meeting David in the summer of 2013 and surveying his dogs and kennel conditions, we committed to buying TWO GSPs from the next available litter, due Oct 2013. We had first male pick and second female pick, resulting in Blitz and Schatze, born Oct 6, 2013. Blitz is the most beautiful ticked white, full liver head and liver saddles - he has filled out at 65 pounds and extremely muscular. Schatze is black and rhone with black saddles and a tiny white strip on her forehead - she was at 58 pounds last vet visit. People don't believe they're brother and sister.

These are amazing dogs in every way. Both dogs are extremely healthy and resilient. Both have been bit my cottonmouths - Schatze has been bit twice. Full and uneventful recovery all three times. Aside from snake bite vet visits, just the usual shots and regular food. They are the most even tempered and people friendly dogs you'll ever see. We are gradually working them into "inside the house" time, because they love their people so much. As they're over two years old now, they've settled down enough and gotten past the chewing and breaking things stage, so we allow them in while we're up and doing things and the dogs absolutely love it.

David advertises that his dogs work "right out of the box" and the dogs are true to his word. People who have hunted over hundreds of bird dogs, or competed dogs in field trials, will not believe it when I tell them I received these dogs as puppies and they have never had formal training - none. People will not believe that you didn't get these dogs "started" - a service David does provide, but we didn't have done. We have played fetch with the tennis ball, find the duck carcass, taught them to sit - that's about all. All their other "training" happens in the field with live birds on actual hunts. We don't have all the training devices apparently other dogs need. We do use electric shock collars to keep the dogs under control and keep them from getting too far away. But if you shoot a dove, they'll run and fetch it and bring it back to you - we've never trained that. You plant quail in a field, they will find them and lock up on point - no creeping, no accidental flushing, it's never happened. Drop a quail in heavy brush, they go in and come out with the bird. I put them out in the Tupelo swamps for ducks this year - in neoprene vests --- dropped a wood duck back in the timber, Blitz swam in after it and came back with it like a champion Lab. Dropped a hen mallard 50 yards in front of Schatze, she dove in off the platform, swam out and brought the bird back. No, they're not perfect and they don't always finish the retrieve like a trained dog would (and I've seen expensive trained dogs miss the mark as well), but they're only two years old and have had ZERO training. Imagine how these dogs would be with a month or two of training! We're quite happy to "train" the dogs while we hunt. They're smart, cooperative and very wanting to please.

I've never owned a gun dog before, but I have hunted over a good number of other people's dogs. I was a little anxious about the amount of training and discipline I was told that gun dogs require. I don't know if it's just natural to the GSP or David's excellent breeding standards - or both - but I would say to you if you're like me and DON'T have a lot of time to spend on training and discipline, but truly want an "out of the box" hunting companion, then David is the man to see.

While both dogs are AKC registered, we did have Schatze fixed because we have no intention of breeding a female. However, Blitz is not fixed and is just about the age he'd be available to stud. We have no interest in fees associated with that - just interested in seeing an absolutely superior breed line maintained. If interested, let David know.

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