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Quabbin Gate - Massachusetts Spinone Italiano Breeders

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About Quabbin Gate
•Quabbin Gate Farm is all about scale and sustainability. We try to have plants and animals that complement each other. It is always tempting to try to get bigger but we try to stay small - not as easy as you might think.
•Spinone are amazing dogs - if you like a gentle, cautious but playful companion who loves to hunt and to lie at your side by the fire when the day is done. They are great trackers as well which is what makes them useful on a small farm. They will bark at strangers but they will not bite. They will flush birds but can learn to leave the chickens alone (if you train them that way.)
•Gilda, is a beautiful dark roan with an intense interest in birds. She comes from the lines introduced into North America by the late Guido Malandrucola and from the Del Subasio and Di Val Potenza kennels in Italy. She has Nico Del Benaco way back in her line as do most American Spinone. Gilda's grandmother, Shenya, was Best of Breed in Westminster in 2005.
•Toby, is a big white boy who also comes from well known American and Italian kennels. His father was Best of Breed in Westminster in 2005.
•Gilda had three puppies last year, nine this year. She hopes to spend the rest of her (hopefully) long life running in our fields and hunting. Daughter, Nuncia, loves playing with her younger siblings but hasn't decided whether motherhood will be for her. All those tests and stuff! So this will be our last litter for awhile. Two of this year's girls - one spotted girl, Bruna, and one orange girl, Tosca, will be staying in town so we will have a rainbow of Spinone! Most of the litter is sold but we may have one or two remaining by the time you read this.
Hunting Dog Breeds Raised
Spinone Italiano
Breeder Contact Info
Ellen Anderson
20 Dana Road
Petersham, Massachusetts 01366
Breeding quality gun dogs for over 2 years.
Testimonials (3)
Submitted by: Rita Monte on Aug 29, 2012
I have had nothing short of wonderful experiences with this breeder. I had used my Spinone stud boy, CH La Neve sul Monte del Subasio, Neve, for the first breeding with her bitch, Gilda. This breeding, as an AI breeding, resulted in three gorgeous Spinone babies, one of which, Nuncia, a beautiful brown roan girl was kept by Ellen,the breeder and the other two went to excellent homes. Ellen was so easy to work with, wanted only the best for the breed, worked diligently for that end and we became good friends as well. I highly recommend Ellen and her kennel, Quabbin Gate.
Submitted by: suzanne reagan on Aug 26, 2012
I cannot express how pleased we are with our experience with Ellen Anderson from Quabbin Gate. We picked up our pup yesterday and he truly is a perfect representation of an Italian Spinone. She was beyond helpful (we have everything we need for our boy and know exactly what to expect!), incredibly generous (went out on her own time and purchased a travel kennel for our boy to travel home in so that he would be used to it before he went into it last night at the airport), and amazingly loving to all of the pups and older dogs. It truly was an amazing experience that I am so happy that I was able to have. She is (tears!) a wonderful woman who I hope to meet again someday.
On a side note, we had a terrible experience with a Spinone breeder here in Florida and Ellen was really great, making me totally feel comfortable with every aspect of traveling all the way to Massachusetts from Florida to get our puppy. Not only would I highly recommend her to anyone wanting a Spinone, I would welcome anyone to email me about the experience.
Bottom line: BEAUTIFUL, well-behaved, perfect puppy buying experience.
Submitted by: Kate Gervais on Aug 26, 2012
After searching for more than a year for a Spinone breeder, we were referred to Ellen at Quabbin Gate Farm by a mutual acquaintance, and were extremely lucky for it.

Living less than thirty minutes away, Ellen welcomed us to visit the puppies as often as we liked. We were able to interact with our female puppy, Olive, on a weekly basis until we brought her home. Having visited so often, we were able to witness the excellent care and nutrition the dogs received. They were all very well socialized and appeared to be very healthy.

Ellen helped us pick out a dog that really matched our interests (companion and hunting, potentially NAVHDA), and it was clear that she did the same for the other puppies. She clearly cares not only for the welfare of her dogs, but also for the future of the breed. She painstakingly chose a stud that complemented Gilda very well, and the resulting puppies were quite lovely - structurally correct and mellow-tempered.

We are fantastically pleased with our puppy. I'd be more than happy to recommend Quabbin Gate Farm dogs to those looking to purchase a Spinone in Massachusetts.

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