Both Makai's sire and dam came from Upland Hills Kennels in Port Angeles, Washington and have been well lauded and recognized for their hunting and field trial skills. The sire of the puppies (Logger from Las Vegas!) originally came from the same kennel we got Makai from and his line heralds a notable number of awards as well. We did not just get Makai for her hunting pedigree, however, as we do not hunt. Rather we were looking for a hunter/companion dog that would make a good family companion. We sought out Makai (driving 5 ½ hours one way!) because of her parents' friendly personalities, ease of training and quality as companions. Makai's line, as well as Logger's, have a great number of dogs that are owned by families who want companions as much as hunters. Both lines are noted for their great temperaments, a strong desire to serve and please, and remarkable ease of training. Even Makai's direct sister at three-years-old is a full-time service dog! For a line marked with horror stories of dogs that are "always on" and out of control except in the field, Makai and Logger are both perfectly adept at family life and the expectation is that the pups will be, as well.
In regard to soundness and health, and according to a local vet who oversees multiple GSP kennels in our area, Makai has been described as beautifully and perfectly proportioned. She weighs in right at 50 lbs and stands 23 inches at the withers. We have had no problems with her health at all minus a little morning sickness while pregnant and a run of diarrhea when she ate an entire, whole chicken carcass one time when we were camping. Her AKC hip x-rays came back as good and both her line and Logger's have no notable history of genetic abnormalities, nor is there any record of cancer in the line. Logger stands at 22 inches and weighs in at around 45 lbs so the puppies should come out to a breed-standard, ideal size.
Okay, I have done enough bragging for now. No matter where you live (within the US), if you are possibly interested in a puppy, we should talk about it. It is always fun to brag and I could probably help you figure out if a Pointer might be a good fit for you. They are not for everyone, of course, and we really care about the kind of home the puppies go to. But if this sounds interesting please let me know. We're now taking reservations for your "pick!"